G3: Industry insiders talk glass
Chuck Mowrey, vice president of business development, Carmel Architectural Sales, Anaheim, Calif.
Daylighting devices, carbon footprint calculations and thermal performance are "green" areas in our business. In Southern California, Carmel has exclusive distributorship of Solatube, a daylighting device installed in ceilings/roofs, especially schools.
Keith Daubmann, president, K.D.D. Inc. dba Mr. Shower Door Florida, Naples
We want to be entirely paperless, so we purchased a large [software] program made by SAP [Newtown Square, Pa.]. We've put computers in the sales cars, and we have multiple computers in our facilities and offices. We did it to be more organized, but also to conserve ink cartridges and paper. Now, it's all installed and operational. It was an eight-month process.
Everything we did was the dinosaur way before the changeover. We used good old pen and paper. Now, all phone calls and sales are tracked via computer. The opportunities are endless, and it allows us to be more green at the same time.
Michael Saroka, vice president of operations, Goldray Industries Ltd., Calgary, Alberta
We've always recycled glass, but we've reduced waste in the plant by two-thirds by recycling paper and cardboard. We recycle to the point that office people will give you heck if you put something in the garbage.
In addition, we always look at the products themselves to see if there are better ways of disposing things that can't be recycled. We also look at products to see if there are other products we can use that are less harmful.