10/10/10 – Going Green Globally
Reducing Carbon Footprint
Oct 1 – What is 10/10/10? Check out http://350.org a world wide organization that is getting to work on global climate change at the grass roots level. They are coordinating over 5,450 events in more than 75 countries scheduled for 10/10/10 to bring attention to sustainable solutions for our planet in local communities. Do you have an event scheduled? Are you doing something everyday to help reduce carbon footprint? Tell them and share it with us. In 2009, CNN called the 350.org events the most widespread day of political action in history -- with over 5,000 events in 181 actions! This year it will be even bigger – if we all participate!
Oct 2 – Scientists have identified 350 ppm (parts per million) as the safe upper limit level for CO2 in our atmosphere. At Cardinal we’re supporting 350.org by reducing our Carbon Footprint everyday through the use of solar systems, cool roofs, eco-friendly windows and much more. Solar power not only runs our factory, offices and distribution centers, it safely air conditions our factory for the comfort and performance of our employees, reduces our carbon footprint and provides excess power to the grid as a daily event.
Oct 3 – In every corner of the globe, 350.org is helping people and businesses implement solutions to the climate crisis: from solar panels to community gardens; from wind turbines to bike workshops. Check out the things you can do.
Oct 4 - At Cardinal we just added the solar system to our new 70,000 sq ft green building at 766 S. Ayon Avenue. It doesn’t show up on Google Earth yet, but you can see the solar system on our manufacturing building next door at 710 S. Ayon Ave. Azusa, CA 91702
Oct 5 – At Cardinal Pet Care and Cardinal Laboratories, We're getting to work--what about you? 350.org is a grassroots campaign that is mobilizing a global movement to stop the worst of the climate crisis. It’s as simple as planting a garden, creating a compost pile or riding your bike to work.
Oct 6 – Join Cardinal and thousands of people like you who each make a difference one step at a time or help organize events for their communities. What do you do? Tell us we’ll post it. And be sure to go to 350.org and tell the world what you’re doing.
Oct 7 – 350.org stands for the safe limit of 350ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere. PPM also stands for their "People-Powered-Movement." 350.org holds business and community leaders accountable to the latest climate science. They want all of us to start the global transformation we so desperately need. We’re proud that the leader of our company, Tony de Vos, has committed his resources to making a difference and being a leader in the green movement in our city.
Oct 8 – Our factory uses water to make many liquids, crèmes, lotions and gels that are used in products for beauty, bath, personal care, dental, liquid supplements, household and industrial cleaners and in pet products. We reclaim and reuse gray water for our landscaping. This 350 “event” goes on at Cardinal Laboratories everyday.
Oct 9 – Reducing carbon footprint at a business encompasses changing many things. Our factory was completely torn apart last year and every motor, switch, electric panel, wire and much more was replaced with high efficiency equipment to help reduce our carbon footprint.
Oct 10 – 10/10/10! Visit 350.org again today and check out the powerful effect of the activities going on today in over 117 countries that have pledged their support by creating community events and building sustainable solutions in local communities and demonstrating to the world what can be done step by step, person by person, leader by leader, community by community. We can make a difference – and Cardinal Laboratories is one company demonstrating how to make the change and make a difference.
Today at Cardinal we are reducing our carbon footprint, generating solar power and returning to our grid, reclaiming and reusing gray water from our manufacturing.
Today, go to http://350.org and Join 350.org and the World in creating the next chapter of this amazing journey.
Azusa plant runs on solar energy
By Kevin Smith, Staff Writer
AZUSA - To hear Barbara Denzer tell it, Cardinal Laboratories' decision to go solar was inevitable.
It began when founder and President Tony de Vos determined it was time to put a new roof on the company's 36,000- square-foot manufacturing facility in Azusa.
Cardinal manufactures a variety of pet grooming products that are sold throughout the world.
"When he investigated what was out there, we found that we could put on a white roof with a highly reflective coating on top," said Denzer, Cardinal's vice president. "That immediately cooled the building down by 10 to 15 degrees and saved a huge amount of energy."
In compliance with California Title 24 standards, the retrofit included a foam insulating barrier.
But the revamp didn't end there.
Cardinal replaced its aging air conditioning units with a more energy efficient system and also installed parabolic skylights to maximize natural daylight and distribute the light more evenly throughout the building.
Electrical sensors were likewise added, which automatically turn off the lights when an area is unoccupied.
And today, the Cardinal will showcase its roof-mounted solar collection system - the crown jewel of its energy overhaul.
The system includes 320 aluminum-framed solar panels with electronically connected photovoltaic cells, covering 5,440 square feet of roof space. The panels were made by Siliken Renewable Energy in San Diego.
"They can harvest sunlight even on cloudy days, so that gives us much more control over our costs, and there are rebates to promote this," Denzer said. "When we looked at this from a financial point of view it made `cents' as well as sense."
Cardinal invested $1 million in the upgrades, although that amount will be reduced by 35 to 40 percent through various rebates. Better yet, the company's investment will be paid off in about five years.
De Vos said the upgrades made sense in light of Cardinal's expanding operational needs.
"I built this building 30 years ago, and it puts a lot of stress on the facility when you add new product lines," he said. "We needed to upgrade from 800 amps to a 2,000-amp system. That's a big increase, so we did an analysis of how we use our electricity. And we determined we could take a lot of steps to save energy."
Today, Cardinal will officially convert its Azusa manufacturing center to a 100 percent solar-powered facility.
"Technically we'll be off the grid, but we'll actually be putting more energy back into the grid than we take off," de Vos said. "The laws will not allow you to be completely off the grid."
Cardinal's excess power will be fed to Azusa's Light and Water company, helping the agency meet a federal mandate that requires California utility companies to get 20 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2010.
"I'm very excited," de Vos said. "Our distribution center in Baldwin Park will be taken off the grid in December as well, and I'm building another 70,000- square-foot distribution center next to our factory that will have solar and geothermal power."
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