Thanks to contributions from U-Haul and its customers, more than 12,500 native trees will be planted across 23 acres at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge through The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero program.
Truck and Trailer Sharing
All businesses should be held accountable for conducting themselves in a responsible manner, vis-a-vis planet Earth. From its inception, U-Haul has recognized this. We define rentals as “division of use and specialization of ownership.” The rental concept is one of careful management of the Earth’s resources, while making these resources available to the Earth’s inhabitants. Done well, rentals enhance sustainability.
-E.J. Shoen, Chairman of the Board of AMERCO
From everyday household tasks like reusing and recycling cardboard boxes to large-scale initiatives like nationwide water conservation campaigns, doing more with less is a fundamental practice for sustainability. With truck and trailer sharing at the center of our business, U-Haul has utilized this key sustainable practice to become the leader in do-it-yourself moving.
Truck sharing refers to truck rental services intended to substitute for private truck ownership. At U-Haul, truck sharing allows individuals to access a fleet of trucks that is larger than what they could access on an individual basis. It makes occasional use of a moving truck affordable, while providing an incentive to minimize driving and rely on alternative travel options such as public transportation as much as possible. Research shows that drivers tend to plan their trips carefully and drive less when they pay for mileage and usage hours.
Over time, each U-Haul truck placed in a local community serves as a potential substitute for 19 personally-owned SUVs and pickups off the road. Fewer vehicles on the road means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air to breathe—and now, U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 extends the opportunity for these benefits to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn more about U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 by watching the video below or clicking here.
If you are driving a car or if your moving truck is filled to capacity, hitch up a U-Haul cargo trailer. Trailers reduce the environmental impact of moving because they do not emit CO2 or other greenhouse gasses. Built with recyclable materials, many U-Haul trailers are still on the road 30-40 years after they were built. U-Haul trailers’ aerodynamic design helps optimize the fuel efficiency of the towing vehicle.
Trailers have been instrumental in the increased mobility of North Americans since the end of WWII. Inexpensive rentals enable people to move to new homes, new jobs, new opportunities. Van-line movers were available to those with money, but not to the average person. So it is logical that trailers, a relatively simple product to construct, became the Conestoga wagon of postwar America. Trailers continue to be one of the most vital tools American families use. Today we see trailers used for everything from moving households, to transporting recreational and landscaping equipment, to extra cargo space for vacations. U-Haul continues to supply customers with quality products at low costs that everyone can afford.
Shared use of U-Haul trailers reduces the cost for users and reduces the need to build new trailers, which makes for a win-win-win situation, environmentally, socially and economically.
The safety of our customers is a top priority at U-Haul. You can learn about safe trailering in the videos below:
One million U-Haul customers have supported The Conservation Fund's Go Zero program. Read here to learn about the impact of that support.
U-Haul Customers Contribute to Planting Two Million Trees Through the Conservation Fund’s Go Zero Program
Since 2007, more than 770,000 U-Haul customers have elected to offset their emissions, raising nearly $2.5 million to plant more than 290,000 native trees on behalf of Go Zero and wildlife refuges nationwide.
Arizona's Valley Forward Association recognized U-Haul with a prestigious Crescordia Award at the 32nd Annual Environmental Excellence Awards on September 29, 2012.
U-Haul has created box programs to help customers save money and the environment by reusing existing boxes.
U-Haul, the largest do-it-yourself moving company in North America, wanted to give its customers renting equipment at more than 15,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada and on uhaul.com a simple way to make their move a little bit greener.
Locating U-Haul Dealers within 3 miles of customers saves fuel, decreases CO2 emissions and reduces traffic congestion.
With direct and indirect energy savings, U-Haul helps mitigate high-energy consumption throughout the U.S. and Canada, demonstrating that excellent environmental practices enhance corporate sustainability and foster a healthier community.
Adaptive Reuse, Take A Box, Leave A Box, Re-Use Centers, Van Body Storage, Patriot Truck Leasing
U-Haul Environmental, Health and Safety vision establishes long-range goals.
At U-Haul, we are committed to sustainability through environmental protection, social responsibility and economic efficiency.
U-Haul is proud to partner with two distinguished nonprofit organizations; The Conservation Fund and Tree Canada.
News and Recognition
U-Haul is a proud corporate partner of the National League of Cities.
U-Haul joined a group of elite companies when it recently received the Alliance to Save Energy’s Galaxy Star of Energy Efficiency Award.
For more than 15 years now, U-Haul has offered a biodegradable packing peanut made primarily of corn and potato starch.
U-Haul regards its employees as the most valuable asset in our Company. We are committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment.
More than 50 million people in North America move every year. The average U.S. resident moves 11 times in a lifetime. Moving can be stressful and expensive, and it can also create negative impacts on the environment.
U-Haul initiatives for sustainable manufacturing are aimed at finding innovative solutions to increase eco-efficiency, boost productivity and minimize the waste and costs associated with manufacturing.
U-Haul recognizes that the socioeconomic impact of our business can be significant.
As part of U-Haul Company’s Sustainability Initiative, a fuel-economy gauge is installed in every new-production truck and is being retrofitting into the existing fleet.
More and more investors want to invest in stocks of companies that conduct their business in accordance with the principle of sustainable development.
U-Haul has been practicing business methods that take into consideration the value of natural resources and the Company´s impact on the environment.
Climate change is a global environmental concern with potentially significant consequences for society and the transportation industry
As one of our environmental initiatives, the use of permeable ground cover is a better solution, providing environmental and storm-water benefits, and multifunctional solutions, for a more sustainable and beautiful answer to site design.
After twenty years of service, A U-Haul truck is ready for a new life as a storage unit. Sustainable self storage reuses van bodies that have been detached from retired U-Haul trucks.
We are extremely proud of our recycled furniture pads. The environmental benefits that are achieved while providing the best furniture pad in the industry for our customer, plus the fact that we can keep the cost low for our customers, makes a win-win situation.
U-Haul has made a concerted effort to manufacture equipment that not only serves its customers well, but is also environmentally friendly. So it comes as no surprise that U-Haul would be involved in programs with partners who have the same philosophy.
We believe the primary responsibility of U-Haul is to develop products and services to help people move and store their household and commercial goods in an economically, environmentally and socially responsible manner.
U-Haul has made a concerted effort to manufacture equipment that not only serves its customers well but also is environmentally friendly. So, it comes as no surprise that U-Haul would be involved in programs with partners who have the same philosophy.
U-Haul is founded on the fundamental philosophy that "division of use and specialization of ownership" is good for both our customers and the environment.