CityPerk: Small Business rend les mouvements Big Vers un développement soutenable

Mars 24, 2012 | By | Répondre Plus

Une entrevue avec Lane Avery, l'un des propriétaires de CityPerk

Situé sur 21 Vantis Drive, Aliso Viejo CA 92656

Pourquoi la durabilité est-elle importante?

Je pense que la durabilité est importante parce que je pense que la science est à peu près le réchauffement climatique. La Terre est notre maison. Pour le traiter comme une toilette défie tout sens commun. Nous devons traiter notre maison avec bonté et la respecter pour maintenir la vie, et de la durabilité est un excellent moyen de le faire.

Ce qui a fait CityPerk pour soutenir la durabilité?

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.

Comment ces changements ont bénéficié de votre entreprise?

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.

Quoi d'autre avez-vous hâte à l'évolution?

À l'heure actuelle, nous serions ravis de sortir de la grille pour l'électricité. Il ya certaines restrictions et règlements sur ce que nous pouvons et ne pouvons pas faire, puisque nous sommes situés dans une communauté vie-travail. Obtenir hors réseau pour l'électricité serait de nous donner l'occasion d'élargir nos horizons pour le développement durable. Par exemple, nous serions en mesure d'investir et installer des panneaux solaires sur notre bâtiment. Nous sommes à la recherche dans les règlements pour voir ce que nous pouvons faire, mais il nous faut un meilleur engagement de la communauté et la ville à faire l'investissement.

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.

Quelle est la chose que vous souhaitez vous étiez en mesure de faire pour devenir plus durable?

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 a été écrit par membres de l'AIE et rédacteur en chef, Jessica Murphy

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Je suis en classe de 11th à Aliso Niguel High School et je suis très heureux de travailler en tant que partie de l'Alliance internationale de l'énergie afin d'aider la communauté.

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