Evan Matzen is a LEED® Accredited Professional with over 8 years of industry experience. He is currently the Sustainability Manager at HD Supply Facilities Maintenance and has worked on energy-efficiency, carbon-offset, and renewable-energy projects throughout the country.
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I am excited to be attending the National Apartment Association (NAA) Education Conference & Exposition that is being held June 18 to 21 in Denver, Colorado. This year I will be making two presentations about sustainability: A learning session about LEDs on the show floor and an educational breakout session on innovative green projects.
Despite these advantages, the adoption of 1.28-GPF toilet fixtures has been relatively slow prior to this wave of legislation. Perhaps hotel managers remembered the headaches that ensued after legislation in 1994, when the federal government banned 3.5-GPF toilets in favor of 1.6-GPF fixtures. Early 1.6-GPF toilets had terrible flushing performance.
Last July I purchased my first home, and since then I’ve been scouring the place for upgrades that will increase my efficiency to save money long term. I started with easy things like replacing all of the high flow faucet aerators, swapping out 65 watt incandescent lighting for 9.5 watt LEDs, and replacing the existing appliances from the ’90s with ENERGY STAR® qualified models. After all that was complete, I sat back for … about 15 seconds … and then got to work looking for the next project. When it comes to property upgrades, there’s always something to do.
After a little bit of a hiatus, we are back to writing exciting articles for you … and there’s no better time than right after Earth Day. Here at HD Supply we strive to not only sell high quality, affordable environmentally preferable products, but we also care about being “greener” as a company. For Earth Day each year in April we encourage our associates to take part in a week’s worth of activities that promote sustainable living (at home and at work), and I’d love to share them with you in hopes that it will get your own creative juices flowing.
With water and sewerage costs doubling in one of every four municipalities over the last 12 years, water supplies dwindling, and other utility costs increasing faster than inflation, the need for conservation is growing and the economics of efficiency have never looked better.
I am extremely excited to announce that we recently launched our “Reuse Me” box reuse program in four new markets: San Diego, Seattle, Sacramento, and Baltimore. The program has been running in three other markets (Phoenix, San Antonio, and Austin) for over a year now with great success, and we anticipate nothing less for these new markets.
I am pleased to announce that I will be moderating a very interesting presentation at the National Apartment Association’s Education Conference & Exposition in San Diego. The presentation, titled Creating Desirable Green Apartments Renters Will Pay More for and Demand, will feature Gretchen Ponts, President, Strata Research, DeeAnne McClanahan, Senior Director, Procurement and Sustainability, Greystar Real Estate Partners, and Steve Sadler, Vice President, Strategic Business Services, Post Apartment Homes, L.P. on Friday, June 21 from 4:00PM–5:30PM in room 33A.
SAN DIEGO – APRIL 30, 2013 – Leading MRO provider HD Supply Facilities Maintenance and Greystar Real Estate Partners today announced the launch of a new program to promote sustainability and help the environment by planting thousands of trees.
The 2013 National Apartment Association’s (NAA) Green Conference is April 15 to 17 in Baltimore, and I am lucky enough to be attending this year. The NAA Green Conference is dedicated to educating multifamily professionals on environmentally preferable products and practices that will lower utility bills, reduce their impact, and attract (and keep) new residents who care about sustainability.
Although not lodging-focused, the results of a recent survey conducted by MIT Sloan Management Review (MIT SMR) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) should interest lodging executives. In their survey, entitled “The Innovation Bottom Line,” 2,600 executives and managers from companies around the world were asked how their sustainability efforts have impacted their companies’ bottom line. Thirty-seven percent of respondents said that sustainability-related actions have added to their company’s profit, up 23 percent from the previous year. Nearly half of the companies have changed their business models as a result of sustainability opportunities—a 20 percent jump over last year. The report calls these companies that have made business-model innovations “Sustainability-Driven Innovators.”
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