By Jeff Clayton, director of technical services, Carter
Carter managed properties around the nation held special events to celebrate Earth Day and our company’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability. Check out highlights for a sampling of Carter’s many Earth Day events below!
The 171 and 201 17th Street buildings each held an Earth Day eco-fair on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Carter associates in addition to several vendors were present handing out Eco-Carter travel mugs, eco-friendly tote bags, CFL light bulbs, reusable microfiber cleaning cloths and pedometers. The vendors included ASAP+, Four Seasons Landscape, Initial Contract Services, Voss Lighting and Waste Pro of Georgia.
According to American Recycling of Georgia’s Environmental Impact Report, both 171 and 201 17th Street divert large amounts of waste from landfills each day. Both buildings reported the amount of material recycled for a two-week period. On April 20, 2011, 171 17th Street, home of Carter’s corporate headquarters, recycled 5.31 tons of mixed recyclable material. On March 31, 2011, 201 17th Street recycled 4.47 tons of mixed recyclable materials. Combined, this is equivalent to:
- 40-foot Fir trees saved: 167 trees
- Water saved: 68,880 gallons
- Air pollution prevented: 590 pounds
- Landfill space saved: 29.5 cubic yards
- Energy saved: 40,364 kilowatt hours
Resource Square, which contains three buildings managed by Carter, also held an eco-fair from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on April 22. Valleycrest Landscaping, Perfect Plants, A-1 Orange, Orlando Waste, Building Maintenance Services and Southeastern Data were vendors in attendance. The three buildings combined have produced approximately 22.11 tons of waste this year. Carter helps recycle and divert approximately 89 percent of this waste from landfills.
Fifth Street Towers had over 20 vendors at their eco fair from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Each vendor paid $30 to participate and all proceeds were donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation. A partial list of vendors include Do Good Diapers, Harvard Maintenance, Eversafe Recycling, Norwex, Hart & Soul Herbal, Central Cleaning, Esse Reusable Bags, Simply Neutral, The Grass Fed Cattle Col, Giving Tree Garden, Freewheel Bike, Culigan, MPLS, Commuters Connections and Metro Transit. Fifth Street Towers also shared some fun facts that showcase the building’s sustainability efforts year round:
- Over the past year, 126,720 pounds of paper and 9,360 pounds of aluminum, glass and plastic were recycled with no increase in operating costs.
- Restroom hand towels and toilet tissue meet EPA recycled content guidelines-no chlorine, inks, dyes, or fragrances are used. Even the client newsletter is printed on 10% post- consumer elemental chlorine free recycled paper.
- Fifth Street Towers has achieved the Energy Star rating every year since 2004 when the building joined the program.
- Foaming hand soap is used in all restrooms. This soap is Green Seal-certified, contains no dyes or fragrances and is biodegradable. Even the soap containers are made of recyclable plastics.
- Indoor bicycle parking is also available (for those of you wondering, this is a great service due to inclement weather issues that are far worse in some Northern states).
We would like to thank all of our property management teams who hosted Earth Day events this year and for taking time to spotlight Carter’s commitment to environmental sustainability!