CityPerk: Small Business hace gran movimiento hacia la sostenibilidad

Marzo 24, 2012 | By | Responder Más

Una entrevista con el carril de Avery, uno de los propietarios de CityPerk

Situado en 21 Vantis Drive, Aliso Viejo CA 92656

¿Por qué es importante la sostenibilidad?

Creo que la sostenibilidad es importante, porque creo que la ciencia está en el calentamiento global. La Tierra es nuestro hogar. Para tratarlo como un inodoro que no admiten el sentido común. Debemos tratar a nuestro hogar con amabilidad y respeto que para sostener la vida y la sostenibilidad es una gran manera de hacerlo.

¿Qué ha hecho CityPerk para apoyar la sostenibilidad?

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.

¿Cómo se han beneficiado de estos cambios a su compañía?

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.

¿Qué otra cosa es lo que espera a los cambios?

En este momento, nos gustaría salir de la red de la electricidad. Hay ciertas restricciones y regulaciones sobre lo que puede y no puede hacer, ya que estamos ubicados en una comunidad viva de trabajo. Al bajar de la red de la electricidad que nos daría la oportunidad de ampliar nuestros horizontes para la sostenibilidad. Por ejemplo, sería capaz de invertir e instalar paneles solares en nuestro edificio. Estamos buscando en los reglamentos para ver qué más podemos hacer, pero necesitamos un mayor compromiso de la comunidad y la ciudad a hacer la inversión.

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.

¿Qué es una cosa que te gustaría ser capaz de hacer para ser más sostenible?

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 ha sido escrito por miembros de la AIE y el editor, Jessica Murphy

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Categoría: Pequeñas empresas

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Estoy en el grado 11th en Aliso Niguel High School y estoy emocionado de estar trabajando como parte de la Alianza Internacional de la Energía con el fin de ayudar a la comunidad.

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