CityPerk: Small Business Fa grande movimento Verso uno sviluppo sostenibile

Marzo 24, 2012 | By | Rispondi Di Più

Un'intervista con Lane Avery, uno dei proprietari di CityPerk

Situato sulla 21 Vantis Drive, Aliso Viejo CA 92656

Perché è importante la sostenibilità?

Penso che la sostenibilità è importante perché credo che la scienza è in circa il riscaldamento globale. La Terra è la nostra casa. Per trattarla come una toilette sfidare il senso comune. Abbiamo bisogno di trattare la nostra casa con gentilezza e rispetto per sostenere la vita, e la sostenibilità è un ottimo modo per farlo.

Che cosa ha CityPerk fatto per promuovere la sostenibilità?

Well, we have mainly Energy Star Appliances that conserve as much energy as possible. We now have a digital Edison meter, which allows us to track our energy usage and monitor how much energy we are using. This has helped us see which changes really are making a difference, and which ones are not. We try to select only Green products, if they are affordable. Our products need to be affordable, as well as Green, in order to save our customers money as well. CityPerk has a hot water recirculation system, allowing us to save water because we don’t need to wait for the water to warm up or even open the tap to get hot water. We have replaced our air conditioning with a higher seer model than the standard, which was a good investment because it is more efficient. The most important change that we have made, I think, is living in a live-work community. It reduces the carbon footprint a great amount because we don’t have to drive to work. Most of our staff either walks to work or lives close by, reducing the amount of gas used to get to and from work.

Come hanno beneficiato di questi cambiamenti la vostra azienda?

I’m a big believer in financial incentives bringing more people into the sustainable world. If it doesn’t benefit people financially in some way, people often can’t afford to make the effort to go Green. The changes we have made have saved our company a lot of money in energy and water bills. We are able to track our energy usage with our new meter, which allows us to make sure we don’t use too much energy, which really does save us a lot of money. Also, we have received a lot of good publicity for our sustainability efforts. We have won an award and have gotten exposure in the Aliso Viejo Patch, as well as the O.C. Register. It’s nice to receive recognition for our efforts. Right now we are working with the city of Aliso Viejo in its Green Initiative. We are known as the sustainable small business in southern Orange County.

Cos'altro ti aspetti a cambiare?

In questo momento, ci piacerebbe scendere alla rete per l'elettricità. Ci sono alcune restrizioni e regolamenti in materia di ciò che possiamo e non si può fare, dal momento che si trovano in un live-lavoro di comunità. Ottenere off-grid per l'elettricità ci darebbe l'opportunità di espandere i nostri orizzonti per la sostenibilità. Per esempio, saremmo in grado di investire e installare pannelli solari sul nostro edificio. Stiamo cercando nei regolamenti per vedere cos'altro possiamo fare, ma abbiamo bisogno di un impegno maggiore da parte della comunità e la città per fare l'investimento.

Within the city and from the community, we would love to see a more recycling-friendly community. We have tons of trash cans on the streets, but we definitely don’t have enough recycle or compost bins. In San Francisco, they have separate cans for different trash items and recycle items, and it has become part of the culture, and a good habit that people have developed, to separate their waste. It would be nice to see that in our community. I think people need to take that extra step to work with CR&R [Waste Services] to make this happen.

Qual è una cosa che vorrei che tu fossi in grado di fare per diventare più sostenibile?

Well the main thing, as I said, is going off-grid. If we were detached, rather than in an attached building situation, we could do geothermal air conditioning, have a grey water system, go off-grid, and do a lot of other things. However, we are looking into the regulations and we hope we can make some more changes in terms of sustainability. We are always looking for new ways to save and conserve energy.

CityPerk Spotlight è stato scritto da IEA membri e Editor, Jessica Murphy

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Sono in grado 11th presso la Scuola Aliso Niguel alta e sono entusiasta di lavorare come parte dell'Alleanza internazionale per l'energia, al fine di aiutare la comunità.

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