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, 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


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.



Hurricane Hauling Now Using 100% Renewable Energy

Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. switched to Marin Clean Energy Deep Green, a 100% renewable energy source in partnership with PG&E. We are honored to have the opportunity to help this initiative succeed in Marin County. It’s yet another way we can take charge of our impact, and be the difference we want to see in the world.

All Marin residents and businesses are applicable for either Deep Green or Light Green, 50% renewable energy. According to Marin Clean Energy, “Deep Green renewable energy is purchased entirely from non-polluting, renewable wind farms located in Washington State. It’s Green-e Energy certified so you know that Deep Green contains only new renewable resources that are independently verified.” Using 100% renewable energy is a step in the right direction to reduce global warming and severe pollution.

The additional cost of Deep Green 100% renewable energy is just a penny more per kilowatt-hour. Here in the office, we use an average of 350 KwH per month, which means we’re paying just $3.50 extra. How easy is that?!

Read more about Marin Clean Energy.

Hurricane Hauling Gets a New Place

We are now located at 55 De Luca Place, Unit B

Come on down, and take a look in our new warehouse FILLED with salvaged items and building materials. These items were acquired during our deconstruction, demolition, and hauling projects. It’s our goal to divert these items from ending up in the landfill and make them available for resale. We come across such things as lumber, building materials, art pieces, appliances, furniture…you name it! Give us a call if you’re looking for something in particular. If we don’t currently have it, we’ll put you on our Items Wanted List and contact you when and if we come across it. You might just find exactly what you’ve been looking for!


55 De Luca Place, Unit B
San Rafael, CA 94901



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Hurricane Hauling Uses Ecologically Friendly Deconstruction Process

[callout1] Hurricane Hauling and Demolition, Inc. has begun a tear down project using deconstruction, an ecologically friendly alternative to demolition that helps homeowners as well as the environment. [/callout1]

(PRWEB) September 26, 2011 — Hurricane Hauling and Demolition Inc., a Marin based demolition and hauling company that performs work throughout the greater Bay Area, has recently begun a major project using a deconstruction process that protects both the Earth and the owner’s pocketbook. Deconstruction is the first step in green building, as materials that would normally end up in landfill become reused and recycled.

According to a report by McGraw Hill Construction with support from Waste Management, in 2007 more than 143 million tons of construction and demolition waste was generated, and less than 30% of this was reused, recycled, or repurposed. The remaining 100 plus tons went directly to landfill. Hurricane Hauling hopes that their ability to deconstruct and reuse much of the waste from their projects, such as the house in Mill Valley, will help not only encourage others to follow suit, but also inform about how beneficial it can be to both the environment and property owners.

Although deconstruction is more labor intensive than straight demolition, homeowners often end up saving money in the end. Deconstruction is the process of breaking down a building into all of its smallest parts (lumber, plywood, shingles, cabinets, doors, windows, carpeting, plumbing and electrical fixtures, etc.) and then either reusing or donating these salvaged materials. According to Molly Samietz, founder of Donation Solutions and lead appraiser of the Mill Valley deconstruction project, in many cases up to 85% of a home can be re-used or donated. This offers a huge benefit to those who value sustainability and want to lessen the burden on overflowing landfills.

When deciding to remodel, the owners of the Mill Valley residence chose to look into the option of home deconstruction and found this method was not only beneficial from an environmental but also a financial perspective. The value of used building material donations are quite substantial, providing private building owners with a sizable tax credit- one that can sometimes be divided over a period of years. In addition, the deconstruction process significantly reduces hauling and disposal fees.

Jim Josephs, the general contractor for the project, is in full support of the deconstruction project. He states how in the past, he would be hired to come in with a bull dozer and literally tear down everything to the ground, load it into debris boxes and haul it off to a dump or designated landfill. “This is a much smarter way- almost all the materials are reused instead of going into landfill, the homeowner gets a tax break and saves money, and it’s better for the environment – everyone wins.”

In the end, deconstruction makes sense, not only as being an economically viable option, but also because of the huge social and environmental benefits as well. If you are considering demolishing or renovating a house or building, contact Hurricane Hauling and Demolition to ensure your project is done properly, with maximum benefit to both you and the environment.