Better air. Better living.
Grady Pridgen, Inc. has set a goal to have a “Zero Carbon Footprint” at our newest properties by using green practices and conservation technologies in our redevelopment efforts. Doing so will reduce the demands on water, air, raw materials and energy. It’s our goal to add value to the entire community by protecting the environment.
A Carbon Footprint is the measure given to the amount of green house gases produced by burning fossil fuels, measured in units of carbon dioxide (i.e. Kg). Like walking on a soft sandy beach, everyone leaves a footprint. Basic reduction in power consumption, responsible travel and various other activities can offset your carbon footprint.
Worldwide, Sweden has taken the lead with the implementation of their Zero Carbon Mandate by 2020. The United Kingdom recently created a mandatory green requirement as of 2007. Buildings that are not easily converted to green structures experience a substantial reduction in value by the investment community. Interestingly, the public has embraced the green due to an overwhelming desire for a clean environment.
Grady Pridgen Inc.’s goal is to have a Zero Carbon Mandate in Florida by the year 2017. Where we stand now, we have 10 years for the world to reduce total carbon emissions by 75 percent by 2017 in order to prevent irreversible damage to the world ecosystem.
Here are just a few ways Grady Pridgen, Inc. plans to offset its own Carbon Footprint through Green Practices:
Green Roofs: Roofs of buildings and parking decks are planted. This reduces the heat transmitted to the building and the heat reflected into the atmosphere. The additional plants increase oxygen output and air filtration. The roof also becomes a recreational amenity.
Retention Pond Water Treatment: Retention pond water can be continuously cleaned to maintain recreational quality standards, thus reducing the size requirement of retention ponds. This also allows for recreational use of the retention ponds and eliminates future dead ponds by eliminating heavy metals and phosphorous build up. Finally, this oxygenates the water making it healthy for fish and wildlife.
Recycle: Recycling is a vital component to helping erase your Carbon Footprint because it conserves valuable natural resources, reduces energy consumption in the manufacturing of goods, creates jobs, stimulates business development, extends the life of landfills, and reduces disposal costs.
Renewable Energy: Zero-waste recycling, and solar and hydrogen energy all result in utility demand reduction and conservation.
Mass Transit: Electric vehicles.
Grady Pridgen, Inc. is doing its part to create a cleaner environment.