A year ago when I wrote a feature about self-storage and the green movement, there were a handful of facilities trying out solar, looking for green products and services, and garnering some attention.
Now, more self-storage developers, owners, managers and builders are looking for eco-friendly products and services. Some recent “green” news from the ISS website:
- The opening of Thornwood Self Storage Center in New York, a 48,000-square-foot facility with green features ranging from rooftop solar panels to an energy-saving, motion-sensored lighting system. The three-story self-storage structure was converted from a health club, reusing 95 percent of the existing structure.
- Safe & Secure Automated Self Storage facility in Coconut Creek, Fla., received a Green Building of America Award from Real Estate & Construction Review magazine. The facility is one of the first developed by Automated Self Storage Systems LLC in partnership with Westfalia Technologies Inc.
- Bellam Self Storage is one of more than 70 businesses participating in the San Rafael Clean Campaign in East San Rafael, Calif.. Participants vow to keep the town clean, provide adequate trash and recycling bins and educate employees about proper trash disposal.
Bellam was also featured in the ISS article, A Green Future for Self-Storage: Getting on the Eco-Bandwagon. The story highlights the many ways self-storage operators can embrace green products and services, including solar, water containment systems and recycling.
Green has become such a force in the self-storage industry, we’ve added two seminars to the fall Inside Self-Storage World Expo in Washington, D.C., Oct. 5-8, that explore how facilities, builders and developers can embrace the movement. Buster Owens of Rabco Corp., will speak about green building certification, something he recently acquired. We’ll also have a solar panel seminar with Bob Hayworth of Baja Construction that explores how, when and why owners should consider solar panels.
If you haven’t considered any green initiatives for your property, I encourage you to do so. Simple steps you make today can make a huge difference in the future. Start with this article from the ISS archives about simple ways to make your office green. If you’re looking to build, check out Green Building in Self-Storage: Not a Fad. Not a Trend. The Future.
If you’re facility is already walking the green line, good for you. Share your story by posting a comment below or head over to Self-Storage Talk.