U-Haul, the leading U.S. retailer of propane for nearly 30 years, is unveiling a sustainable one-pound propane cylinder that will appeal to conservationists and cost-conscious customers alike.
U-Haul partners with Ford on new paint technology
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.
“Right now this is the most environmentally friendly way to paint vehicles.” - Dean Cerimeli, director of Truck and Trailer Product
In May 2007, Ford Motor Company opened the doors of its "paint shop of the future," becoming the first automotive company to paint vehicles using the industry’s newest paint technology – a three-wet, high-solids-based system, which is much more environmentally friendly than the current painting method.
"We are always willing to be involved in any state-of-the art testing that supports our sustainability efforts and the environment," stated Dean Cerimeli, director of Truck and Trailer Product. “Right now this is the most environmentally friendly way to paint vehicles.”
The chassis of every truck painted with this new technology will have a decal on the chassis saying it was painted with the most eco-friendly process available. In addition to its environmental benefits, this new technology will also prove more durable by providing increased scratch-and-dent protection.
Paint shop of the future
After three years of development and more than a year of in-plant testing, the new system was introduced on a fleet of U-Haul trucks and was on U.S. highways in the summer of 2008.
"Ford and U-Haul are both dedicated to developing new environmentally safe ways of doing business, in this case eco-friendly paint shops," explained Mary Ellen Rosenberger, paint area manager of Ford’s Ohio Assembly Plant. "Our first installation of a process described as Full Body 3 Wet at the Ohio Assembly Plant for the E Series Program has created a new type of partnership with our valued customer, U-Haul.
"Ford will work with U-Haul to evaluate the field performance of this new paint process,” Rosenberger continued. "The long-term durability test data provided by U-Haul vehicles will add another dimension to Ford’s knowledge of paint durability. In this very important fleet business, it is all about durability and delivering truly ‘Tough Trucks.’ We are very thankful to U-Haul and their commitment to our new environmentally friendly paint developments."
The Ford paint technology uses a high-solids-based paint formulation that produces fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than do waterborne and medium-solids-based paints currently used in the automotive industry. This formulation contains more color pigment and, therefore, requires less paint to cover a vehicle. Furthermore, the new formulation allows three layers of wet paint to be applied one on top of another and baked once, eliminating two paint ovens and resulting in a smaller, more energy-efficient paint shop.
Waterborne paint requires air conditioning to get the water out of the paint, which means using more energy and releasing more CO2 from the paint shop. Removing water from the paint is necessary to get a quality paint job. According to Ford’s validation tests, high-solids-based paint provides better long-term resistance to chips and scratches than waterborne paint.
U-Haul International, Inc. is pleased to announce it has eclipsed $200,000 in customer contributions to Tree Canada, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to Canada’s reforestation efforts.
Dr. Allan Yang, chief sustainability scientist for U-Haul International, served Phoenix as a city commissioner and mayoral liaison during his November trip to Chengdu, China, while participating in the 2015 Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair.
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.
Wayne State University will analyze the economic and social impacts that U-Haul corporate sustainability initiatives are having on the New Center neighborhood in Detroit.
U-Haul customers have surpassed $100,000 in contributions to Tree Canada, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to planting trees in Canada.
Our adaptive reuse of existing buildings reduces the amount of energy and resources required for new-construction materials and helps local cities diminish their unwanted inventory of unused buildings.
One million U-Haul customers have supported The Conservation Fund's Go Zero program. Read here to learn about the impact of that support.
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U-Haul, The Conservation Fund And The Greening Of Detroit Unveil Major Effort To Plant Trees And Strengthen Detroit’s Green Economy
Donations from U-Haul and its customers to The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero® program will support the planting of 1,600 trees at Rouge Park, led by The Greening of Detroit, and the establishment of the Growing Detroit’s Green Economy Fund, a grant program aimed at supporting green entrepreneurs, administered by The Conservation Fund.
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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 is founded on the fundamental philosophy that "division of use and specialization of ownership" are good for both our customers and the environment.
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.
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U-Haul is proud to partner with two distinguished nonprofit organizations; The Conservation Fund and Tree Canada.
News and Recognition
U-Haul joined a group of elite companies when it recently received the Alliance to Save Energy’s Galaxy Star of Energy Efficiency Award.
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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.
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.