“The changes we’re making are an ongoing process. We will continue to make incremental changes in every facet of our business. Every step we’ve taken so far has been good for the planet and has made good economic sense for the business. In the midst of these changes, our revenues and profits continue to grow.”
– Patrick Callinan, President, SVM
SVM continually strives to conserve energy and natural resources in its operations, including:
Installing a 50 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system that will produce roughly 100,000 kWh of electricity annually, supplying approximately 57 percent of SVM’s energy needs.
Covering the rooftop with an Energy Star® rated paint known as “Cool Roof”, which is capable of reflecting over 50 percent more of the sun’s rays than a standard rooftop. “Cool Roof” reduces heat absorption and allows for a substantial reduction in air conditioning usage. This will save SVM energy and energy costs, as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) was previously the number one energy use.
Using Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles for local deliveries rather than less fuel efficient delivery vans. The Prius gets 55 mpg in the city, compared to only 14 mpg averaged by the vans, meaning the Prius needs to be refueled only once for every three times the vans need to be refueled.
Installing energy-efficient fluorescent lights throughout the facility. In addition, SVM reduced the number of lamps installed in its light fixtures (rather than the standard three lamps per light fixture, SVM only installed two). These actions reduced energy consumption by roughly 21,000 kWh and will save $1,500 energy costs annually.
Moving all employees from desktop computers to more energy-efficient laptops.
Recycling office paper, packing material, cans, bottles, and other materials to reduce waste.
Installing a weather-based irrigation system for front lawns. The weather-based controller combines information from local weather stations with specifications of landscape fauna to formulate an exact watering plan – avoiding water waste from overwatering and runoff.