Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. Nominated by Acterra Business Environmental Awards for Deconstruction Efforts

Educating Clients, Employee, and Competitors through a Small Business Environmental Program is One Way to Change Industry Standards

February 1, 2013 – Hurricane submitted its Deconstruction Service to the Acterra Business Environmental Awards as an Environmental Program that seeks to reduce, reuse, and recycle significant amounts of construction waste and keep it out of the Bay Area landfills. Acterra rewards a specific environmental project that has demonstrated significant leadership in a focused area, such as resource conservation (water, waste, energy), pollution prevention, or minimizing carbon footprint. Any private or public business entity, division or facility located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara or Santa Cruz County is eligible to apply. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of:

  • Leadership 30%
  • Significant Environmental Benefits 30%
  • Potential Model for Business Community 20%
  • Demonstrated Commitment 20%

Hurricane Marketing Manager Tiffany Douglass put the submittal packet together in November 2012, including three pages of Q&A and six appendices. “It was a great opportunity to consolidate all the quantitative data that we have about our Deconstruction Service – i.e. pounds of waste we save compared to monthly trends in our sales, etc,” says Tiffany. “For example, according to CalRecycle.gov, 29.9 million tons of waste was disposed of last year in the state of California. That means in just 10 months, Hurricane diverged 1,632.22 tons or the equivalent to 5.46 x 10-5% of the entire state’s trash! And that’s not including our sold salvaged items…” Hurricane’s Deconstruction Service Program can only get better as we more efficiently streamline our recording practices in the future.

Three committee members of the Acterra organization met with Tiffany and Owner David Sherman on Thursday January 31st to get a tour of Hurricane’s facility and rundown of Deconstruction. All details of its financial, operational, and sustainable model were analyzed and will be considered for the finalist round.

Companies like Marin Resource Recovery, SIMS Metal Management, Ohmega Salvage, and Yokayo Biofuels – to name a few – constantly provide Hurricane with new ideas to become more environmentally conscious. “We are honored to be along side some of the most innovative and sustainable companies in the Bay Area,” states David. “Although we are a small company, we can have a big impact on how residents and contractors ‘throw away.’ And it’s thanks to our many collaborators that we’ve had such success today.”

On March 18, 2013, winners will be announced via Acterra’s website. Winners receive recognition for being innovators in their industries, positive publicity, and opportunities to expand their program’s positive impacts by publishing their best practices for other organizations to emulate. A reception will be help in May to celebrate the efforts of all the winners.

Hurricane Hauling’s other awards include the John M. McPhail, Jr. Green Business Award from Marin Conservation League; PacificSun Best of Marin in 2009, 2010, and 2011; Best of the Bay by BayList; Bay Area Green Business certification; and Sustainable 6 Award by CA Legislature Assembly Member Jared Huffman.

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About Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc.

Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. is a local, family owned business specializing in deconstruction, demolition, debris hauling & cleanup, tree and yard services. A licensed, bonded, and fully insured Bay Area Green Business, we operate in the greater Bay Area. Since 1989, we have been salvaging materials from residential and commercial projects. We employ experienced crew and biodiesel fueled trucks and equipment to handle both large and small jobs. Our mission is to provide high quality service at affordable rates with the goal of reducing, reusing, recycling, and re-purposing materials for the benefit of our customers, through incentives like tax write-offs, and our environment.

 

Media Contact:

Tiffany Douglass

Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc.

55B De Luca Place San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 456-3407

office@hurricanehauling.com

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Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. Contributes to the 2012 San Francisco Green Festival

November 10th & 11th, 2012 – Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. attended the 2012 San Francisco Green Festival this past weekend at the Concourse Exhibition Center. The annual event, hosted by Global Exchange and Green America, is dedicated to sustainability, social justice, and ecological balance in U.S. cities including New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Hurricane’s booth was prime for foot traffic in the Conservation/Recycle section. A beautiful wall of Hurricane’s salvaged 100-year-old redwood lumber was constructed and displayed in the booth. “This weekend was very valuable for us in terms of networking, lead building, and of course, spreading awareness of the benefits of deconstruction,” said Hurricane’s Marketing Manager who spearheaded the event. “It’s an empowering experience when like-minded people with a shared passion for the environment are collaborating under one roof!”

This year, over 25,000 people attended. The Festival also featured engaging DIY demonstrations, provocative cinema, renowned keynote speakers, and non-stop “eco-edu-tainment”. Thematic pavilions and stages focused on green business, green building, renewable energy, fair trade, healthy lifestyle, sustainable home, organic gardening, do-it-yourself modern homesteading. Other features included a Green Kids Zone, Community Action Pavilion, Organic Cooking Stage, Organic Food Court and Organic Beer & Wine and Garden.

 

 

Deconstruction is Praised In Fairfax

Did you know:

  • Recycling one aluminum can saves an amount of energy equivalent to half that can filled with gasoline?
  • Every Sunday, more than 500,000 trees are used to produce the 88% of newspapers that are never recycled?
  • North Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour?

The local nonprofit group Sustainable Fairfax does! They are spreading the word of responsible consumerism when it comes to trash. And they are doing it by getting the public to ‘trash talk’ – like last week’s event: Trash Talk: Panel & Discussion.

Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. was there to support the movement and educate listeners about Deconstruction, the eco-friendly version of demolition, and the benefits of re-purposing materials. Not only do we practice zero-waste on our job sites but also in the office. Click here to learn more about our Sustainability practices or our Deconstruction service.

Attendees included Moderator Pam Hartwell-Herrero, Mayor of Fairfax, and Panelists Kim Scheibly, Outreach and Communications Coordinator for Marin Sanitary District; Andy Peri, Founding Member of Green Sangha and Rethink Plastics; Rebecca Burgess, Founder of the Fibershed and Author of Harvesting Color; Carrie Bachelder, Owner of The Away Station in Fairfax. The zero waste movement seeks to minimize the common, yet needless, practice of waste disposal in our dumps, landfills, and incinerators by changing the practices and policies of government, producers and individual households.  Thanks to the collaboration of Sustainable Fairfax and the Marin Sanitation Service, the residents and businesses of Fairfax will reduce waste, reuse as much as possible, and recycle what’s left. Read more information about Sustainable Fairfax’s Zero Waste initiative.

Hurricane Hauling Owners Present to Key Leaders of the Remodeling Industry

Employ Long-Term Thinking Regarding Deconstruction vs. Demolition

SAN RAFAEL, CA, June 6, 2012 — Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. owners David Sherman and Paul Sonnabend attended the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) San Francisco’s Chapter Meeting on June 5, 2012. The meeting featured Sherman and Marin Resource Recovery Center Founder Joe Garbarino speaking about Recycling and the Remodeler: From the Site to the Recycler. About thirty different companies attended, mostly all NARI Building EPIC Contractors.

Sherman’s presentation, entitled Employ Long-Term Thinking Regarding Deconstruction vs. Demolition, explained the similarities and differences between the two services. The categories also included:

  • How to be Sustainable? Diverting materials from the landfill for re-purposing and reducing carbon footprint
  • How to make Investments? Adding time with Federal Tax Incentives as potential profitability for your clients’ remodels
  • What can be Salvaged? Deciphering between salvageable and re-purposing items and valuing those materials
  • Where to make Partnerships? Finding and working with appraisers, salvage yards, 501(c)(3)s, recycle centers, etc. in the deconstruction sector
  • What is EPA’s Lead Safety “Renovate Right Protocol” Rule? Having a broader understanding of the rules, deciphering applicable projects, recognizing the benefits of subbing
  • How to comply with Regulations? Adhering to federal, state and local recycling and reuse ordinances

“Presenting at the Chapter Meeting was a great experience for Hurricane Hauling,” says Sherman. “It was reassuring to see how many contractors are committed to ethical, informed business. These small steps for businesses add up to big steps for the industry as a whole.”

To see the contents of the whole meeting, click here.

About Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc.

Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. specializes in deconstruction, demolition, debris hauling & cleanup, tree and yard services. A licensed, bonded, and fully insured Bay Area Green Business, we operate in the greater Bay Area. Since 1989, we have been salvaging materials from residential and commercial projects. Our mission is to provide high quality service at affordable rates with the goal of reducing, reusing, recycling, and re-purposing materials for the benefit of our customers, through incentives like tax write-offs, and our environment. Visit www.hurricanehauling.com.

 

Media Contact:

Tiffany Douglass
Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc.
55 B De Luca Place
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 456-3407
marketing@hurricanehauling.com

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Watch How Hurricane Hauling Does Deconstruction Differently!

Deconstruction is different than Demolition.  Since 95% of materials can be recycled during demolition projects, we take great efforts to deconstruct and salvage those materials. It’s the first step to being green.  Deconstruction is better for the environment because waste is kept out of landfills. It even saves our customers more money in the end. To learn more about the cost benefits of deconstruction, click here.

Watch this video to see how we:

  • Reducing Our Footprint
  • Reusing Materials
  • Donating to Those in Need