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Government Green Efforts Could be Big for UK Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson August 8, 2012 6:09 PM
Finding alternate forms of energy has become a popular undertaking in most industrial nations in recent years. The idea that a nation could become less dependent on fossil fuels and help the environment in the process is too good for many to pass up. After the recent announcement that the UK government made concerning its support of green endeavors has many in the self storage industry eager to see how they could benefit. [More]

Another Self Storage Company Getting in on a Good Green Thing

by John Stevens January 10, 2012 6:52 PM
The word ‘green’ has become a major buzz word around the self storage industry over the last few years. Companies are doing whatever they can to reduce their carbon footprint on the planet by installing solar panels, using fluorescent light bulbs, and a variety of other things. Some are starting to take the idea of going green a step further. [More]

Going Solar Becoming More Common in the Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson February 17, 2011 11:53 AM
For years there has been talk about the nation trying to break its dependence on foreign oil. With gas prices near or above the three dollar mark for the last few years there are more and more people becoming interested in electric cars. The need for alternative forms of energy reaches far beyond the automobile industry though. [More]

Maryland Self Storage Company Leading Way in High Standard LEED Certification

by John Stevens January 21, 2011 8:21 AM
Getting a self storage facility built to the highest eco-friendly rating by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) http://www.usgbc.org/Default.aspx is no easy feat. And it takes a commendable dedication to the preservation of the environment to achieve. But the energy savings down the road are in the range of 20 to 30 percent. A facility can save thousands of dollars each year on its energy bill. A newly constructed ezStorage http://www.ezstorage.com/ facility located in Elkridge, Md., announced today that their facility received a Gold LEED certification. [More]

Storage Facilities Going Green By Helping Recycle and Educate or Building in an Eco-Friendly Way and Assessing Environmentally-Friendly Practices

by John Stevens December 28, 2010 9:23 AM
Another storage facility has just joined the eco-friendly club by offering recycling services as other storage businesses are converting to green practices such as solar paneling and assessing their level of sustainability. [More]

New Self-Assessment Program Helps Self Storage Industry Meet Environmentally- Friendly Ideals

by John Stevens October 27, 2010 10:45 AM
Businesses across the country are going “green,” building with sustainable materials and powering their facilities in ecofriendly ways. Arriving on the scene, is the storage facility industry and a new program that promotes and measures sustainable practices. [More]

Upcycling to Clean Out Your Clutter and Help the Environment

by Winnie Hsiu September 30, 2010 11:47 PM
Got an old sweater that is too stretched out to wear? Make it into a sofa pillow, or use the arms to make child-size leggings, and the body to make a child-size winter skirt. Several old Gore-Tex jackets? Sew them together to make a beautiful and mold-resistant shower curtain. How about some plain white china plates? Paint or draw on them and sell the resulting work at a craft fair.

While many people are focused on finding ways to reuse or recycle things they can no longer use, others are finding creative ways to reuse stuff (clothing, dishes, you name it) by making something new out of something old -- turning storage problems into craft projects. While the practice is really just a new way to reuse or recycle things, it has generated its own word: upcycling. If your closets, kitchen cupboards, garage, basement, attic, or self storage unit is crammed to the gills or overstuffed with...stuff, then upcycling is the new green alternative to throwing things out. [More]

Self Storage Facilities Add to Growing Green Trend with Rooftop Solar Panels

by Kim Kilpatrick April 26, 2010 10:23 AM
Two self storage facilities in the northeastern United States have jumped onto the renewable energy bandwagon, adding rooftop solar panels to offset some of their electricity bills. In the last week, Thornwood Self Storage of Thornwood, New York, and English Creek Self Storage of Egg Harbor, New Jersey, have both added solar panels. [More]

Self-Storage Companies Offer E-Waste Recycling

by Tony Gonzalez January 12, 2010 1:03 PM
Several self-storage companies around the country are beginning to offer electronic-waste, or e-waste, recycling centers on site for the convenience of their patrons. The most recent company to do so is A-American Self Storage, a privately-held self-storage company. A-American has more than 100 locations in five states, but it is going to start the e-waste recycling program with drop off sites at its eight Nevada locations, which are all in the Reno area. A-American is offering the e-waste recycling service in conjunction with Greenworks Environmental LLC. Greenworks is a green designer, builder, and land planning firm.

The public can drop end-of-life electronics off at the self-storage sites, where staff members will inventory them and handle them carefully. Most electronics and electronic components can be recycled there. For example, the e-waste recycling centers will accept computers, televisions, cell phones, cables, etc. Hard drives, however, are destroyed rather than recycled, for customer security reasons. A-American does not want to be responsible if a recycled hard drive falls into the wrong hands and provides someone unscrupulous with information that he or she should not have. There is no charge to drop off e-waste. All eight facilities are open seven days a week, and all recycling is done in an environmentally responsible way, so that no hazardous substances, such as mercury or lead, are leached into the ground or the groundwater. [More]
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