U-Haul International was named a winner in the 2010 Galaxy Stars of Energy Efficiency by the Alliance to Save Energy. The award is presented to an individual in the public or private sector in recognition of an outstanding public service contribution or a lifetime commitment to energy efficiency.
U-Haul, a moving and storage operator, won in the over $150 million revenue category for its leadership and climate stewardship. Over the past several years, U-Haul has taken steps to offer more green products and services. Its Energy Management Team has funded 215 energy-efficiency projects, resulting in an estimated average monthly energy savings of 5,723 kWh per site in U-Haul Centers across North America.
U-Haul’s Take a Box, Leave a Box Program encourages customers to pick up free used boxes while leaving no-longer needed used boxes for other customers. U-Haul has encouraged the reuse of more than 2.5 million boxes since the program’s inception in 2007.
Similarly, the company’s Sustainable Modular Storage Program reuses detached van bodies from retired U-Haul trucks to build sustainably engineered self-storage units. Every thousand square feet of reused storage-unit space eliminates 17.3 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To date, the U-Haul Sustainable Modular Storage Program has resulted in the avoidance of more than 10,554 tons of GHG emissions.
The award will be presented Sept. 14 at an awards dinner in Washington, D.C.