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Green from Page 1
Morrison, sustainability manager for Chandler. a heating temperature of 70
“We realize that our increased focus and success in degrees and in the summer we
conserving our resources results is a fi nancial reward, average a heating temperature
but also has an impact on our natural resources. In the of 78 degrees,” says Morrison.
end, our goal is to be the best stewards of the public’s “By setting and maintaining this
resources as is possible.” standard alone we estimate that
The City established specifi c Sustainability Goals for the City can save between $80,000
2009 which were approved by the City’s Green Team and $100,000 annually.”
and Executive Leadership Team. Key goals include In addition to these initiatives
increased communication with City employees about and many more in the works, the
environmentally-focused issues and very specifi c City of Chandler has applied for a
reductions in energy consumption. $2,274,500 Energy Effi ciency and
In addition to meetings and one-on-one discussions Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)
about such issues, Morrison says an internal website, available as part of President
Green Chanweb, keeps all City staff up-to-date about Obama’s stimulus package. With
the sustainability goals, helps them track energy these funds, the City will retrofi t
consumption by building and educates them about its buildings for improved energy
City teams tackling specifi c initiatives. effi ciency and establish renewable
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One significant goal is to “reduce energy energy resources, perhaps using GREEN JEANS: Chandler’s Bonded Logic uses 400,000 pairs of recycled denim each month
consumption by City resources including electric solar or solar thermal energy.
to create insulation.
consumption by 10 percent, natural gas by 5 percent, “As a city, we realize that
water by 5 percent, fuel by 10 percent and trash by 5 energy costs will continue to rise,”
“We had to research a very abundant source, a
percent.” Morrison shares. “Reducing our energy consumption
plentiful source,” explains Kean, “and cotton denim
is a vital and necessary goal.”
had great characteristics for thermal properties, and
Small steps to big results
it’s durable, just like a pair of jeans. So through
Practical steps taken by City staff to reduce ‘Logic’ leads to recycled denim
research we got into the textile waste stream.”
consumption include turning off computers, printers, Blue might be a better color than green to describe
The resulting UltraTouch product is an
copiers and lights when they are not being used. Bonded Logic’s environmental efforts. The Chandler-
environmentally safe, class-A insulation that contains
Chandler also has a “Fleet Team” that strategizes based company uses post-industrial denim waste to
no harmful airborne particulates, no formaldehydes
ways to lower fuel usage. For example, they recently create its fl agship product, UltraTouch Natural Cotton
and does not itch or irritate the skin, according to the
approved a no-idling policy for all City vehicles, Fiber Insulation.
company.
Morrison explains. The company has had a manufacturing presence in
“Plus we’re diverting about 300 tons of waste that
Another step toward reducing energy consumption Chandler since 1977, according to Tod Kean, president
won’t get into a landfi ll, or the equivalent of 400,000
has been the establishment of a standard temperature of the privately held company. In the early 1990s
pairs of jeans a month,” Kean says.
for all city buildings. Bonded Logic started looking for a method for making
“In the months where heat is needed, we average a stabilized insulation and one thing led to another. See Green Page 21
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