Let's Hear it for Green!
For the past couple of months, I’ve been researching and writing about the green movement and how it relates to the self-storage industry. In the July issue, we ran a piece about two self-storage facilities using solar energy, and offered self-storage managers and owners easy tips on creating a more green facility.
Jill Herbers, public relations for Hall Street Storage, recently contacted us about the facility’s amazing steps toward becoming a green facility. Owner Jeffrey Sitt, a first-time self-storage developer, is determined to create an energy-efficient, earth-friendly facility in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sitt is converting an old cold-storage building into a multi-story self-storage site complete with a retail store. His diligence and compassion for his community resulted in much of the building’s materials being reused or recycled. Sitt also tapped Brooklyn artist Lisa K. Hokans to create the amazing green-themed mural below. The mural stretches across the front of the building.
Look for the story, Green Building, in the September print edition as well as online.
Jill also clued me into a special presentation by former VP Al Gore gave last week about renewable energy. Here’s what Jill had to say about the speech:
“Al Gore has brought the issue of renewable energy into the public arena. When he did the same thing about global warming in general with ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ it started the green movement. Now there will be a new focus on that movement based on energy—working toward taking away carbon emissions, and the use of solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy.
“This is a big turning point. It is the official beginning of the renewable-energy boom. I think this challenge by Gore, and other recent renewable energy landmarks, like T. Boone Pickens’ proposal for wind energy conversion, will bring new interest.”
If you think that you can’t make a difference, think again. Regardless if you’re a self-storage developer, a manager of a single site or only work part time at a local self-storage facility, there are small steps you can take today and every day to make a difference.
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