If you want a terrific model of eco-friendly practices look no further than the University of California Santa Cruz. The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference plans to honor the the UCSC campus next month with a 2013 Best Practice Award for improving energy efficiency at the Earth and Marine Sciences building on campus. Here’s what they did to earn this special honor: “Installed a new web-based energy management system, and fine-tuned the operation of the building through a process known as commissioning, helped staff reduce the building’s annual electricity use by 14 percent and its natural gas consumption by 20.5 percent. Those savings reduced the building’s carbon footprint by more than 300 metric tons per year, and saved enough money so that the project could pay for itself in three years.”
UCSC campus energy manager Patrick Testoni has nothing but praise for the campus’s Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning team. “This project reflects the importance of using modern technology to improve building performance, resulting in increased comfort, and reduced carbon footprint,” Testoni said.
As for businesses that are eco-friendly, you’ll find plenty of examples in the Santa Cruz area but there is one that stands out. That would be Junk King Monterey. When it comes to going green, Junk King is on the front line. That’s because they are directly responsible for collecting junk and deciding what to do with it. They can either dump it all in a landfill or find ways to reuse and repurpose that junk. Junk King Monterey is happy to go the recycle route and to date has managed to keep up to 60% of everything they collect out of a local landfill. If they keep this up, there won’t be any need for a landfill!
When you work with Junk King Monterey for something as basic as getting rid of your old furniture, you are guaranteed that furniture will end up in the right hands. This could mean turning it over to a charity for a little reworking. Either that or the entire piece can be recycled. You don’t have to designate what you want given to charity or recycling. Junk King will do this automatically. It might only take a few moments for the Junk King crew to clear away all your junk but it could take them several hours to make sure it is dropped off at the right place. Think of all the hours you’ll be saving thanks to Junk King. As far as scheduling is concerned, Junk King will pick a time that works for you. Call today to find out how you can become junk free tomorrow!