CityPerk: Small Business faz grande movimento para a Sustentabilidade

Março 24, 2012 | By | responder Mais

Uma entrevista com Lane Avery, um dos proprietários de CityPerk

Localizado na 21 Vantis Drive, Aliso Viejo CA 92656

Por que é importante a sustentabilidade?

Eu acho que a sustentabilidade é importante porque eu acho que a ciência é em relação ao aquecimento global. A Terra é nossa casa. Para tratá-la como um vaso sanitário que desafiam o senso comum. Precisamos tratar a nossa casa gentilmente e respeitá-lo para sustentar a vida, e sustentabilidade é uma ótima maneira de fazê-lo.

O que CityPerk feito para apoiar a sustentabilidade?

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.

Como essas mudanças beneficiaram a sua empresa?

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.

O que mais você está ansioso para mudar?

Agora, nós gostaríamos de sair da grade de eletricidade. Há certas restrições e regulamentações sobre o que pode e não pode fazer, já que estamos localizados em uma comunidade de trabalho ao vivo. Começar fora da rede de eletricidade nos daria a oportunidade de expandir nossos horizontes para a sustentabilidade. Por exemplo, seria capaz de investir e instalar painéis solares em nosso prédio. Nós estamos olhando para os regulamentos para ver o que mais podemos fazer, mas precisamos de um melhor compromisso da comunidade e da cidade para fazer o 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.

O que é uma coisa que você queria que você fosse capaz de fazer para se tornar mais sustentável?

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 foi escrito por IEA-Membro e Editor, Jessica Murphy

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Estou no grau 11th em Aliso Niguel High e estou animado para trabalhar como parte da Aliança Internacional de Energia, a fim de ajudar a comunidade.

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