Culver’s of Woodbury – Sustainable Business Practices
Culvers of Woodbury committed to energy conservation and recycling from their earliest planning stages. The building was constructed with LED lights throughout the store, and the owners worked with city staff to be allowed to install LED lights installed throughout the parking lot, which would have otherwise been incandescent. The site also includes accent solar lighting.
Culver’s received grant funding from the BizRecycling program to implement a recycling and composting program which is rare among fast food restaurants. BizRecycling is sponsored by Ramsey and Washington Counties and provides free resources and grant assistance to implement or improve recycling programs.
La Quinta Inn & Suites – Sustainable Business Practices
La Quinta Inn & Suites of Woodbury recently installed the first publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations in Woodbury. The two stations are located in the parking lot of the hotel at 700 Bielenberg Drive in Tamarack Hills. One station is specific to Tesla vehicles, while the other charging station serves non-Tesla electric vehicles. This amenity provides owners of electric vehicles a free charging option when planning trips to the east metro. As vehicle technology evolves, La Quinta’s investment sets their business up for long-term success while also encouraging other businesses to consider transportation from a new, greener lens.
Quarry Ridge Homeowners Association – Water Conservation
The Quarry Ridge Homeowners Association (HOA) made a substantial investment in their irrigation system to improve water efficiency and decrease cost, saving them money on their summer irrigation bills. To accomplish these improvements, Quarry Ridge HOA contracted with Shwaders’ landscape company to replace up to 70 percent of sprinkler heads with efficient nozzles that include pressure-regulated bodies. It is estimated that the new nozzles will achieve a 15-20 percent water savings. In addition, a new controller with wireless evapotranspiration and soil moisture sensor was installed to ensure efficient lawn watering.
This project received a 25 percent cost-share from the City of Woodbury’s 2015-2016 HOA retrofit programs. The city views nozzle and technology upgrades as vital to irrigation efficiency and has created a multi-year program for other HOAs and commercial irrigation users to make improvements similar to those made by Quarry Ridge HOA.
Streetside Raingarden Project – Innovative Stormwater Management Practices
The South Washington Watershed District (SWWD) nominated six landowners who participated in a water quality improvement project within targeted areas of the Wilmes Lake, Colby Lake and Powers Lake watersheds in 2016. This project started through a cost-saving collaboration between SWWD and the City of Woodbury. The SWWD had many streetside raingarden locations that were identified and prioritized to fit well with the city’s 2016 Roadway Rehabilitation Project scheduled for these areas.
Streetside raingardens help reduce the amount of algae-producing phosphorus and other pollutants entering downstream resources by intercepting stormwater runoff collecting along the street gutter into a sunken garden that holds and slowly filters pollutants, allowing the filtered stormwater to be used by the garden plants, soak into the ground, or enter back into the stormsewer system via underground drain tile.
After contacting more than 30 priority landowners, the six landowners receiving awards made the decision to support water quality improvement goals by agreeing to provide space for, and to maintain, a streetside raingarden on their property. SWWD has estimated that these six raingardens will reduce the amount of phosphorus entering adjacent lakes by approximately 2.5 pounds annually. On an annual basis, this will help eliminate 750 to 1,250 pounds of total equated algae growth in the lakes.
The homeowners that participated in the project, and are receiving an award, are Joe and Teresa Baumann; Mark and Vicki Fastner; Donald Graf; John and Joni Palen; Michael and Jill Pelke; and Thomas and Laura Prow.
Honorable Mention – Akul Seshadri
A tenth nomination was reviewed by the committee, but was not eligible for an award because the project was located outside of the city’s boundaries. Nonetheless, the committee wanted to provide an honorable mention to Akul Sheshadri, a Woodbury resident who organized an erosion control project at historic Pilot Knob Hill in Mendota Heights for his Eagle Scout Project.
Red Rock Elementary – Waste Reduction and Recycling
Red Rock Elementary and South Washington County Schools partnered with the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment and the City of Woodbury to initiate a comprehensive recycling program at the school, focusing on high volume waste materials such as milk cartons and paper. Red Rock students started recycling milk cartons in January 2015 and by the end of the school year in June they had collected more than 80,000 milk cartons.
One of the most notable features of the program at Red Rock is the extensive involvement of the students in the new recycling effort. Students volunteer to collect recycling from classrooms, the library and office areas. The students actively participate in the milk carton recycling by emptying their milk cartons, then placing them in a recycling bin. Over the course of a school year, diverting milk cartons from the school’s trash stream could eliminate up to 17 trash pick-ups, providing an opportunity to reduce hauling costs. The number of cartons recycled at Red Rock in one school year will provide enough fiber to produce 448 reams of paper.
Crossroads Properties – Waste Reduction and Recycling
Since 1989, Crossroads Properties has been engaged in the business of developing, owning, leasing and managing a commercial real estate portfolio exceeding over 500,000 square feet of commercial space. In June 2014, Crossroads staff attended an outreach presentation hosted by City of Woodbury to promote a new program called BizRecycling. Washington and Ramsey Counties started BizRecycling to provide technical assistance and grant funding fir businesses to develop and implement solid waste recycling and organic waste recovery programs. Since then, Crossroads has worked extensively with BizRecycling and City staff to implement a comprehensive recycling program at six multi-tenant buildings at the Crossroads Commerce Center in Woodbury
Crossroads worked extensively with the staff at BizRecycling and the City of Woodbury to put bins in place, and implement a comprehensive recycling program at their properties. After six months of project implementation, Crossroads reported that even with an increase in tenants and increased recycling pick-up frequency, there was not an increase in the amount of waste produced. Additional recycling efforts include introducing plastic film recycling in July 2015 and holding a zero-waste tenant appreciation lunch in August 2015, where tenants sorted lunch waste into either organics or recycling bins. Crossroads is a model for other property owners on how to implement a successful recycling program.
Beechwood of Dancing Waters Townhome Association – Water Conservation
The Beechwood of Dancing Waters Townhome Association board steered an effort to partner with Horticulture Services to develop a plan to replace its existing irrigation system with a “smart” irrigation system. The hope was to install a system that would provide better system control, resulting in a significant reduction in water use. In spring 2015, existing controllers were replaced with a system that provides a computer software system that monitors controller operation, obtains real time water usage data, and makes zone adjustments as necessary. Weather data such as temperature, rainfall, wind, humidity and other factors are used by the controller to automatically adjust zone operation frequency and run times. The system notifies the association’s landscape contractor when problems are detected, so adjustments can be made. The installed system is expected to reduce water usage by approximately 20 to 40 percent.
Heritage Glen Townhome Association – Innovative Stormwater Management Practices
Residents of Heritage Glen, a 100-unit townhome association, removed more than 4,600 square feet of turf, and replaced it with two rain gardens and two native planting areas. The projects were done in partnership with the South Washington Watershed District through its Water Quality Cost Share Program. The gardens contain native plants that do not require irrigation and will instead provide water quality benefits, in addition to habitat for bees and butterflies. The gardens are each expected to remove 2.65 pounds of phosphorous from the water runoff. The board is committed to continuing the project and expects to install an additional rain garden in 2016.
Gasperini family – Energy Efficiency and Conservation
The Gasperini family has shown significant commitment to energy and water conservation through the renovation of their farm house. The project incorporated several technologies and practices, including the use of insulation, energy efficient appliances, programmable thermostat, on-demand hot water heater, and the installation of a rooftop solar array in 2013. The array provides more electricity than the family can consume on a monthly basis. Excess energy produced by the solar panels inspired the family to purchase an electric vehicle that can use the excess energy produced, instead of selling the excess back to Xcel Energy.
As a result, the family has saved approximately $2,000 per year on electricity, in addition to gasoline savings from the electric vehicle. The family pays a budgeted amount of approximately $80 per month for natural gas. Most of the modifications that were incorporated into this project could be replicated by other Woodbury residents, providing both financial and environmental benefits.
Dana Boyle – Environmental Education and Awareness
Tamarack Nature Preserve is one of the highest quality natural areas in the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District and contains plant communities that are rare in this area. Dana Boyle advocates for the protection of plants in the preserve by raising awareness of this local resource and providing opportunities for area residents to enjoy the beauty of the preserve. She has led several tours of the area, and has developed a field guide with plant photos and identification information that she shares with interested residents. Her efforts allow others to fully appreciate the unique qualities of the Tamarack Preserve.
Anna Barker – Commitment to Environmental Leadership
Anna Barker was nominated for her work as a “citizen catalyst” within the community. Since 2001, She has been committed to seeing environmental improvements in Woodbury. She has engaged the appropriate stakeholders and volunteered on many projects within the community. She was instrumental in a joint project between the Washington Conservation District and the four Carver Lake homeowners associations, where she navigated a complicated process to develop stormwater best management practices for the Carver Lake area. Barker has been a long-time champion for the environment and an environmental educator. She helped initiate rain gardens at Trinity Presbyterian Church and Crosswinds Arts and Science School. In addition, she has volunteered at various events including buckthorn busting, the Landscape Workshop and the Native Plant Sale, and worked with city staff on a variety of environmental programs.
Woodbury Community Church Rain Garden Project – Innovative Storm Water Management
Woodbury Community Church converted 35,000 square feet of high-maintenance turf grass and a ditch into three rain gardens. The project was designed to improve water quality, reduce flooding in the area, provide attractive landscaping and educate church and community members about the importance of water quality.
The project was funded through a Green Churches Grant and a cost-share program available through the South Washington Watershed District. Collectively, the gardens capture water from a 1-inch storm event from 28,250 square feet of impervious surfaces, including parking lots and sidewalks. The project installation was a collaborative effort between the Minnesota Conservation Corps and volunteers from the congregation. Woodbury Community Church is located at 2975 Pioneer Drive.
Views at City Walk – Water Conservation
During the design and construction of CommonBond Communities’ new 45-unit apartment building in the City Walk development, much attention was paid to environmental awareness through water conservation. Specifically, the project engineers from Loucks designed an underground rainwater harvesting system with capacity to capture 7,775 cubic feet of water. This is equivalent to a 5-year storm event with a rainfall of 3.5 inches. This rainwater can then be used to irrigate the property’s landscaping. The choice to intentionally design for rainwater harvesting not only helps the Views at City Walk reduce its property management costs by creating a lesser need to tap into the city water system but also helps preserve the region’s aquifer by using less groundwater for irrigation purposes. Views at City Walk is located at 375 Lake View Drive.
The Schoenherr Family Edible Estate – Environmental Education and Awareness
The Schoenherr family was selected to have their front yard transformed into an “Edible Estate.” The family of four worked with artist Fritz Haeg and several volunteers to create the 90-foot by 60-foot edible garden, which replaced the entire front yard. The goal of the project was to replace a traditional suburban lawn with an edible landscape that not only produces food, but also promotes human interaction.
Materials and expenses for the first year of growing were covered by the project, and in return the family agreed to continue the garden indefinitely. The second year of growing produced approximately 100 different crops. The project has brought neighbors closer together as they gather on Wednesday nights to help tend to and harvest the garden. The area also provides an educational experience to not only the homeowners, but also neighbors of all ages and the broader community. A neighborhood daycare has even worked the “Children’s Garden” into its curriculum. The project also demonstrates how local food production can take place in a suburban environment.
During the design and construction of their new dental clinic, much care and attention was placed on using materials that are sustainable, recyclable (or made from recyclable material), and safe for the environment.
Examples of products that were installed in the clinic include flooring that is recyclable and made from recycled material, energy efficient lighting, low VOC paints, baseboards and countertops made from recycled material and energy efficient exhaust fans.
The majority of products selected for the space include a green certification. The clinic also adopted green office practices including, paperless records, digital x-rays, and use of recycled paper products. Siverson Dental Care is located at 604 Bielenberg Drive, Suite 230.
The Eagle Valley Homeowners Association - Chuck Eckberg, Jeff Heinrich, Cynthia Hable and Eagle Valley Residents – Use of Renewable or Alternative Energy
In 2003, the Homeowners Association (HOA) at the time voted to ban certain property uses, including solar panels and compost bins. In 2008, a homeowner contracted with a solar installer to put solar panels on as home, later to find out that solar panels were banned within the HOA. In 2011, the HOA’s board members agreed to review the rules and start the process to collect homeowner input on the current rules.
The review process included a special meeting of the association, collection of information from both sides of the topic that was distributed to each household within the development. Residents were asked to complete a survey either online or by mail to provide input on the current rules. Survey results showed 65 percent of participants supported allowing compost bins and 75 percent of residents supported allowing solar panels. In May 2013, the board reversed the bans on compost bins and solar panels.
Members of the HOA hope that their experience can be an example for other residents who live within an HOA with similar restrictions.
Karyn Lidell – Waste Reduction and Recycling
Karyn has lived in Woodbury since 1972 and is described by her friends as a “passionate advocate for recycling and reusing everything you can ever imagine” and is often called the “ultimate recycler.”
Karyn actively seeks out ways to collect items from friends and members of her church and community so they can be repurposed. A small amount of samples of Karyn’s efforts include:
Egg Cartons – she collects the cartons to be reused by local farmers, instead of recycling (paper cartons) or throwing them in the waste stream (Styrofoam)
Plastic caps - collection of plastic twist caps from friends to be recycled by AVEDA
Greeting cards – she collects used greeting cards from family and friends and gives them to an organization that remakes the cards for reuse
Prom dresses – she collected “previously enjoyed” and gently used prom dresses to donate them for young women without the means to buy a dress
Aadarsh Padiyath - Youth Leadership
Aadarsh is a sophomore at Woodbury high School, and worked with City of Woodbury staff to develop an Eagle Scout project that would benefit his community.
He coordinated members of Troop 60 and other community volunteers to plant 40 trees around the edges of the soccer fields at Bielenberg Sports Center in August 2013. He worked with local businesses to provide lunch for the volunteers and solicited funds to purchase refreshments for the event.
He plans to purchase a tree with leftover funds from the event, and will donate it to the City. He picked his project because he wanted to do something that helped the environment, while having a lasting impact.
Great River Greening and the South Washington Watershed District – Innovative Storm Water Management Practices
Great River Greening and the South Washington Watershed District partnered to coordinate more than 300 volunteers to preserve and restore prairie within the Woodbury Conservation Corridor.
The portion of the corridor within Woodbury consists of 70 acres, and is part of a larger natural greenway totaling 265 acres that will connect with Lake Elmo, Cottage Grove, and the Mississippi River.
Volunteers and staff from both organizations worked on invasive species control, seed harvesting, prairie seeding, and prescribed burns within the area. The greenway will serve as a connection of natural habitat, providing a natural drainage way, a bike trail and wildlife-viewing opportunities within an urban environment.
Harvey Vogel Manufacturing Co. – Sustainable Business Practices
Harvey Vogel Manufacturing is a family-owned metal stamping company, employing 180 people. In 2010, the company was certified for Environmental Management by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 14001). As a result, it developed environmental objectives to reduce electricity use, decrease the number of chemicals used in the manufacturing process, increase recycling, and minimize the amount of hazardous oil used and regulatory waste produced from manufacturing.
Harvey Vogel now has a comprehensive environmental policy, allowing them to track progress and set aggressive targets to help them meet their goals.
Rachel Breiholz & Sierra Ross– New Life “Go Green Week” – Waste Reduction and Recycling
Rachel and Sierra were in seventh grade at New Life Academy. They recognized an opportunity to improve the school’s recycling program by educating both staff and students about the environmental and economic benefits of developing a successful recycling program at the school.
Their efforts culminated in a “Go Green” Week at the school. The week included showing educational videos they created every morning, a poster contest for the elementary school, an educational game booth in the school lobby, and a “Go Green” dress day for the entire school.
As a result of their work, the girls also earned their Girl Scout Silver Award. Each girl spent more than 60 hours on their project.
The Glunzes implemented a multi-year project to reduce storm water runoff from their yard. Stormwater management features include:
- Installing a rain barrel that is used to replenish water lost to evaporation from a backyard pond.
- Connecting the rain barrel to an underground drain tile/infiltration system that waters a garden.
Arlen & Barbara Marcus - Use of Renewable Alternative Energy
The Marcus family installed a 5.5 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system to provide electricity for heating and cooling their home. The system, designed to provide up to one-third of the electrical needs for the home site, is currently tracking to produce 45 percent of the annual electrical need for the Marcus household. Excess capacity produced by the system is returned to the electrical grid through net metering. The solar system, in combination with a geothermal heating and cooling system and approximately 1,000 trees on the site, is expected to reduce electrical consumption sufficiently so the home can become carbon neutral.
Prelude Senior Living Campus - Green Building
The site for the Prelude Senior Living Campus was developed using the following guidelines:
- View natural features as assets and preserve them.
- Re-position impacted assets.
- Re-process assets that can’t be preserved into useful alternative materials.
As a result, tree clearing on the site was drastically reduced by creative placement of buildings and site features, saving approximately 471 of 543 trees. Also, more than 36 additional trees were moved, stockpiled, and reinstalled as mature landscape features. Equally important was the reuse of materials from trees that had to be cut down, by taking logs off-site and using the lumber to build furniture for use inside the Senior Living Campus. Any trees that were not suitable for milling were chipped and sold to energy plants for use as alternative energy. Sustainable design was also utilized in managing storm water and waste on the site.
Robert Muir Company - Use of Renewable or Alternative Energy
The Woodbury Village Solar Energy Project consists of a four-part, 130 kilowatt solar array. The panels are designed to generate 15 percent of the electrical needs of the common areas within the shopping complex. The annual savings is estimated at $20,000 per year, and will be passed on to the tenants of the shopping center. The Woodbury Village solar project demonstrates how easily a rooftop can be turned into an environmental and economic asset.
Woodbury Lutheran Church - Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Beginning in 2008, staff at Woodbury Lutheran Church began an effort to reduce consumption of natural gas and electricity. With significant changes in the use of boilers during transition months, coupled with the utilization of programmable thermostats, increased insulation and replacing windows, the church was able to reduce natural gas consumption by 50 percent in 2009 compared to 2008 (approximately $13,000 per year).
Electrical use was also evaluated and changes were made to the cooling cycle based on occupancy demands and staff behavior. The church replaced lighting fixtures and bulbs with more energy efficient fluorescents and LEDs. It is anticipated that the annual electrical usage will be reduced 15 to 20 percent (approximately $6,000 per year).
Primrose School of Woodbury – Environmental Education & Awareness
The staff at Primrose School of Woodbury, located on City Walk Drive, has incorporated many environmental topics into the school’s curriculum, focusing on waste reduction, recycling, conservation, and discovery of the natural environment. The school recently took a significant step in reducing waste during meals by purchasing reusable dishware including plates, bowls, glasses, and silverware for 180 children. The center prepared for the change by incorporating the theme of conservation within the curriculum and by purchasing an energy efficient dishwasher. This program has reduced waste at Primrose by nearly 40 percent, representing approximately 500 disposable plates, 2,000 paper cups, and 1,000 plastic forks and spoons per week.
In addition, the school implemented a Gardening and Nature Study Program titled “Mud Pies.” As part of the program, an organic garden was established at the site for vegetables, fruit, and flowers. Plants are started from seed, planted, managed and harvested by the students. The program teaches discovery of the natural environment, the food chain and cycle of life, nutrition, and even math and science.
Washington County – Green Building
Washington County’s Environmental Center, located at 4039 Cottage Grove Drive, was designed and built utilizing the Minnesota Sustainable Building Design Guidelines. The building, which opened in 2009, features many sustainable design elements, including:
- Energy conservation features such as: Occupancy sensors, efficient appliances and lighting, and the use of natural daylight and daylight sensors
- Floor tiles made from 70 percent recycled granite and marble
- Workstations made from 85 percent recycled content
- Copper walls made from 70 percent recycled materials
- Tabletops made from EcoSunflower Biocomposite, a board material made from sunflower hulls
- A rainwater harvest system to capture rainwater from roofs that is later used to irrigate the property
The Environmental Center provides residents of Washington County with a free and convenient disposal option for household hazardous waste, electronics, and recyclables. In 2009, the program collected 1.2 million pounds of household hazardous waste and 1.2 million pounds of electronics. Additionally, a large Free Product Room provides an opportunity to pass on or take household items – such as paint and cleaners – for reuse. It is expected that between 25,000 and 30,000 unique visitors will use the center each year.
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District – Innovative Storm Water Management Practices
The Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District initiated the Carver Lake Porous Pavement Project in 2005 to help reduce storm water runoff to Carver Lake and to help improve water quality. The project involved replacing the existing asphalt with porous pavement within two cul-de-sacs located in Woodbury - Macbeth Court and Juliet Drive.
The porous pavement is made of interlocking concrete paving stones. Small spaces between the pavers allow storm water to seep through the pavement, into the rock base storage layer and then into the ground, where phosphorous and other nutrients are filtered out naturally. Nearly five years after the installation, the pavers have not received any additional city maintenance compared to a typical asphalt cul-de-sac. More significantly, installation of the porous pavers has decreased the amount of runoff into Carver Lake.
Robert Engstrom Companies - Green Building
Robert Engstrom Companies constructed the Michael Frome Academy, located at Radio Drive and Afton Road. The academy is a new charter school in Woodbury. The building features a solar-powered attic fan, energy efficient windows, in-floor radiant heat, additional wall insulation, Energy-Star appliances, and an air exchange unit that recycles 75 percent of the energy used, providing constant fresh air for students. The building was finished with paint, carpet and adhesives with "low" or "no" volatile organic compounds. The site design features a rain garden and many native plantings. Finally, the building was designed to easily adapt to different tenants if the school outgrows it in the future.
Crosswinds Arts & Science School - Environmental Education & Awareness
The students and staff at Crosswinds Arts & Science School, located just west of the Tamarack Road interchange at I-494, worked with the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, Minnesota DNR, and the City of Woodbury to install a rain garden. The installation of the garden reduced storm water runoff to Battle Creek Lake and eliminated slippery surfaces caused by standing water. The project also provided an educational experience for students, who started many of the native plants from seed and assisted with creation of the garden.
Pack & Mail - Waste Reduction and Recycling
Pack & Mail has initiated a program that allows customers to bring in used packing material, such as packing peanuts, bubble wrap, Styrofoam, air pouches, and paper, for reuse. The business, located in Woodbury Village, also offers a shredding service for personal documents, biodegradable packing peanuts, and greeting cards made of 100 percent recycled paper. The store also belongs to the eCycle Group, a service that accepts empty printer cartridges and cell phones for recycling.
St. Croix Cleaners - Sustainable Business Practices
St. Croix Cleaners built a new environmentally friendly facility that features modern, state-of-the-art equipment, in addition to replacing the perchloroethylene (PERC) solvent, a hazardous material, with an earth-friendly version. The conversion required a significant investment in special machinery, low-emissions dry cleaning machines, and energy efficient washers and gas dryers. After implementing all of these changes, St. Croix Cleaners is no longer on the Environmental Protection Agency's "Hazardous Waste Generator" list. The company operates at two locations in Woodbury: 9900 Valley Creek Road and 10075 City Walk Drive.
Tamarack Village Shopping Center - Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Tamarack Village Shopping Center, under the direction of the Robert Muir Co., switched from neon to LED lighting, a considerably more energy efficient light. The process involved properly disposing of nearly 3,800 feet of neon tubing and rewiring for lower voltage. The change, though expensive, will ultimately pay off due to the economic and environmental benefits of LEDs which can last 100,000 hours and use less than half the electricity of neon. The shopping center is on Radio Drive, south of I-94.
Kowalski’s Market - Waste Reduction and Recycling
Kowalski’s internal recycling programs result in 94.3 percent of their waste being recycled. Recyclables include paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and cans in addition to grease from the deli, and food waste that is converted to animal feed. The store also offers plastic bag recycling for the community as well as reusable bags that can reduce the use of paper and plastic bags. In addition, the store partners with Second Harvest to donate usable products from the bakery and deli in addition to meat and produce.
McDonald Construction - Residential Green Building
McDonald Construction has built the first home in Woodbury that will be certified as a “Minnesota GreenStar” home. The home, located in the Dancing Waters neighborhood, features several sustainable design elements including eucalyptus flooring, dual-flush toilets, remnant countertops, high efficiency systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and extensive use of recycled products. Certification will be finalized once the landscaping is installed in early spring.
P.M. Bedroom Gallery - Innovative Stormwater Management Practices
P.M. Bedroom Gallery is being recognized for installation of one of the first underground infiltration systems in Woodbury. The system, located under the existing parking lot, is designed to manage all of the storm water runoff from the roof and front parking lot on site.
Sam’s Club - Electronics Recycling
Sam’s Club hosted two electronics recycling events at the Woodbury store in 2006 and 2007. The two events helped to divert more than 27 tons of electronics that may have otherwise been sent to a landfill. Some of the items that were collected included computers, CPU cores, monitors, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, cell phones, and printers. The store initiated the collections on its own as a service to customers and the community.
Slumberland Furniture - Innovative Stormwater Management Practices
Slumberland Furniture – Larson Enterprises, along with their design team, incorporated low impact design through the development of rain gardens, infiltration areas, pervious pavers and a storm water pond to handle storm water on site.
Opus Northwest, LLC & Red Development LLC - Innovative Stormwater Management Practices
The Woodbury Lakes development incorporates 18 rainwater gardens and 8 infiltration basins to handle storm water on site, a white roof on the facility to reduce cooling requirements, pedestrian access with bike racks, and extensive landscaping with more than 10,000 trees, shrubs, and perennials. In addition, a large amount of the construction materials came from regional manufacturers.