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Is Self Storage Green?

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Sunday, April 22nd was Earth Day. This celebration of the Earth and its resources was developed at a United Nations conference in 1969 and in 1970 became officially adopted by the United Nations. This celebration has continued and grown all around the world ever since. The purpose of Earth Day is to recognize how humans influence the limited resources of our planet. The day’s celebrations encourage recycling, being energy-efficient, using sustainable energy resources and trying to keep the earth clean for future generations. Liberty County, Georgia is a great supporter of Earth Day activities. The “Keep Liberty County Beautiful” program was started earlier in the year and continues until the end of May. This program helps clean up parks and areas in Liberty County every weekend.  Many cities within Liberty County are also having their own “clean-up” days. The community clean-up for Hinesville and Walthourville  is this Saturday, April 28, 2012. The City of Hinesville had their 6th annual Earth Day celebration on April 23rd with programs that taught about organic gardening and organic foods, recycling and using “green” energy.

The self storage industry is actually on the forefront of the “green” movement. Many newer self storage facilities are powered by solar power. Some facilities have designed their facilities to be based on a geo-thermal program and use energy-efficient LED lights instead of the standard light bulbs. Some facilities are setting up recycling areas for cardboard boxes and other items that could be stored in a storage unit that can be recycled instead of thrown away.  Some companies are sponsoring electronic or paper recycling events at their facilities as well.  In addition, self storage companies are selling boxes made out of recyclable products. Stop N Stor offers boxes made out of recycled materials  at all of their facilities.

There are also things that you can do when packing your items (or even cleaning out storage units) for storage that can help lessen your footprint on the planet:

1. Use boxes made out of recycled materials. Reuse these boxes after storage or make sure to recycle them in the proper containers.

2. Pack fragile items such as collectibles, glasses or plates in clothes, recycled paper towels or packing peanuts made out of recycled materials. Use clothing as filler material in boxes filled with books or pots and pans.

3. When cleaning out the storage unit, recycle your belongings to use them again, donate or sell the items. Do not just throw the items away.

With the self-storage industry’s focus on encouraging “green” facilities, recycling programs and selling recyclable products, they are leading the way in helping protect the Earth’s resources.

The Golf Tradition Continues in Savannah with the PGA Legends of Golf Tournament

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The state of Georgia has a rich history in golf: it is the home of golf legend, Bobby Jones, the home to the most prestigious golf tournament, The Masters and has the oldest golf club in America, The Savannah Golf Club, which started in 1794! Savannah is a golf-lovers travel destination with over 25 golf courses in the Savannah area.

This week, Savannah is once again in the spotlight with hosting the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Tournament  at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort .  This tournament is for players 50 years and older. There are 3 divisions that play: Demaret, Raphael, and Legends. The Demaret Division Tournament took place Monday and Tuesday for players over 70 years old. The Raphael Division will play on Friday and Saturday and the Legends Division will start their tournament on Friday through Sunday. Each of these tournaments consists of teams of 2 players for a total of 71 teams playing through the week including 16 World of Golf Hall of Fame members. The players are playing for a purse of $2.7 Million. The tournament has been playing in Savannah for the past 9 years at The Club at Savannah Harbor. The PGA has agreed to play there through 2013 with the hopes of continuing this 9 year relationship. The tournament provides a strong economic impact on the city of Savannah and has given out over $1.5 Million to local charities.

There are many golf courses in and around the Savannah area for any level of golf player. The Savannah Golf Club has a history of playing golf in Savannah back to 1794. There is a legend that this club was one of the first places that golf was played in the United States! The Savannah Golf Club, which is a private member-owned golf club, was officially incorporated in 1899. Many of the golf courses in the Savannah area have received awards for the course or the resort. The Westin Savannah Club was named to the Top 60 Gulf Clubs/Courses in the United States by Conde Nast Traveler as well as being named a 4 star best plays to stay by Golf Digest. This resort has a long list of travel awards.  The city of Savannah doesn’t have a municipal golf course, but does have many daily fee courses such as Crosswinds Golf Club, Southbridge Golf Club, Henderson Golf Club and Bacon Park Golf Club. This is just a few of the many golf courses in the area. Savannah is a great destination for the golf enthusiast and just the every-day player!

Self Storage Around the World

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The Self Storage industry has been around for over 50 years, but the worldwide growth in the industry didn’t occur until the 1980’s. Self Storage is a growing worldwide industry! Currently, there are over 58,000 self storage facilities all over the world. The majority of the self storage facilities are in the United States, which has anywhere from 40,000 to 45,000 facilities. The industry is strong in the United Kingdom and Australia and in some cases, the industry is still growing in these areas. Does self-storage differ in other countries or is the concept similar to storage in the United States? Let’s take a trip around the world to look at how self-storage differs or is the same in other countries.

The biggest and expanding market for self-storage is Asia. The self storage market in China is continuing to grow in larger markets such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. As Chinese consumers acquire more “stuff”, they need a place to store these items! Businesses in China are currently the largest market for the self-storage industry. Because renting spaces for business is so expensive, some business entrepreneurs are setting up shop in storage units. Some are using the storage unit for storage of their products, which others are actually using the storage unit as their storefront! Japan’s self-storage industry is still growing. The market is similar to the United States; however Japan’s population is densely packed into a smaller area (about the size of the state of California!) The Japanese live in smaller living areas, so self-storage is a perfect extension of their homes. The cost for renting storage space is higher in Japan, so the standard storage unit is 18 square feet.

The self-storage industry is a newer concept in Latin America, which includes Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The self storage facilities in these countries currently cater to higher end clients such as tourist, business and the wealthy. Business storage in this region is also more targeted. As the middle class continues to grow in the region, the need for self storage will grow along with the economy.

The two biggest adaptors of self storage outside of the United States are the UK and Australia. While both places have been hit by the down economy in the last few years, the industry still continues to grow. Self storage facilities have been opening up all over Europe. The facilities look a bit different in Europe and the UK due to lack of land. The self storage facilities are usually housed in a multi-level warehouse located near a main road for easier access. The storage units are also smaller ranging in size from 6 foot square to 300 foot square.

As more people buy items, the more they could need a self storage solution! As economies grow around the world, so will the self-storage industry continue with its growth. To find out more about self storage around the world to go ISS (Inside Self Storage), in Europe-FEDESSA (Federation of European Self Storage Associations) or in Japan-Mini Storage Messenger .