Here at Cumberland Animal Clinic, we provide compassionate care for your best friend, and we want to treat the world the same. All people and pets depend on a clean and healthy environment to maintain optimal health!
So how are we being green exactly?
Facility: For starters, our new 7000 sq. foot facility, built in 2014, was designed to be a very tight "envelope" and as energy efficient as possible. The building is insulated with dense GreenFiber super insulation and our doors and windows are all energy efficient.
Heating & Cooling System: Our heating and cooling system is comprised of five air-sourced heat pumps with energy recovery ventilators and one "mini split" heat pump for separate airflow in our surgical suite. Automatic timers on all thermostats allow for setbacks during non-business hours as well.
Lighting: We utilize LED and energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs in conjunction with motion sensors in appropriate areas and automatic timers for our exterior lights. Sky lighting in central treatment areas reduces the need for additional lights! All of our appliances are all new star rated energy efficient.
Energy Source: Newly installed in the fall of 2017 is our Solar "Farm" which provides essentially all the electricity for the practice. Technically speaking: it is a ground based array of one hundred sixty, 305 Watt photovoltaic panels = 49.8 kw, producing roughly 66 megawatts of electricity per year and offsetting about 70,014 lbs. of carbon pollution (roughly equivalent to 3,000 trees planted annually). Phew, that's a whole lot of green!!!
Recycling: Other ways in which we aim to be green include promoting and encouraging recycling of paper, plastics, packaging and everything in between.
Best Practices: We are a paper-lite practice on the road to becoming completely paperless. This is no small feat in an industry that is notoriously paper-centric. Our digital and electronic record keeping significantly decreases the use of paper, hopefully saving more than a few trees each year.
Be sure to watch this short video created by ReVision Energy, the professional installers of our solar farm panels. Listen as Dr. Netland discusses the reasoning behind the solar farm and take a look at our facility with the solar panels.