Thornwood Self Storage Center Partners with Environmental Education Group

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Thornwood Self Storage Center (TSSC), Westchester County's first eco-friendly storage facility, has announced its partnership with Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF), a non-profit educational organization that provides programs and services to support schools in their efforts to integrate sustainability education into K-12 curriculum and culture.

Thornwood Self Storage Center (TSSC), Westchester County's first eco-friendly storage facility, has announced its partnership with Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF), a non-profit educational organization that provides programs and services to support schools in their efforts to integrate sustainability education into K-12 curriculum and culture.

In an effort to raise awareness for good environmental practices, TSSC will donate a portion of each month's rentals to CELF's Ecological Footprinting Program, which provides elementary and middle school students the opportunity to conduct an environmental audit on their schools, thereby learning about issues of sustainability and human impact on the planet. To show sustainable practices put into practice in the community, TSSC will host on-site seminars in collaboration with CELF.

"This partnership enables us to align ourselves with a cause that is very important to us. Through our work with CELF, we hope to further raise awareness of sound environmental practices. We believe that this education will encourage the younger generation to develop and maintain green practices," said TSSC co-owners Dan Kasman and Michael Gyory.

"TSSC is taking bold, visionary steps to not only change the image of storage but to practice environmental sustainability in their facility's design, their operations and their network of partners. With each step, TSSC seeks to educate their client base and help contribute to a brighter future. We look forward to partnering with TSSC on their 'green' endeavors," said Katie Ginsberg, Founder and Executive Director of CELF.

During the storage facility's conversion from a health club, 95 percent of its structure was reused, and construction debris was recycled and reclaimed in an effort to reduce the impact on landfills. Converting the building to a storage facility has reduced traffic congestion and auto emissions by more than 80 percent. The facility is also powered by 405 rooftop solar panels that are projected to provide over 50% of its ongoing energy needs.

Thornwood Self Storage is located at 950 Broadway, Thornwood, NY, and is easily accessible from the Saw Mill River and Sprain Brook parkways. The facility is open seven days a week: Monday through Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm; and Sunday, 10am-2pm. Insurance is available, and all major credit cards are accepted. For additional information, visit http://www.storagegoesgreen.com or http://www.thornwoodselfstoragecenter.com or call 914.769.6960.

About Thornwood Self Storage Center: Thornwood Self Storage Center features a high-tech security system, on-site power backup, and an aerodynamically-designed, dual alternative fuel truck. On-site staff will provide hands-on, customer friendly service, which is another hallmark initiative of the owners. The project was funded with a $4.3 million construction loan from Wells-Fargo Bank, NA. The three-story facility, which has 360 climate-controlled units that measure from 25-square-feet to more than 400-square-feet, boasts state-of-the-art rooftop solar panels and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. The facility offers recyclable and/or biodegradable packing materials and uses only environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Local vegetation has been planted around the facility to eliminate the need for an underground irrigation system.

About CELF: CELF provides consulting services, training programs and educational programs, in order to make sustainability education an integral part of the K-12 learning experience. Our programs for educators, students and the community complement our consulting services by providing necessary training and varying routes to bring sustainability education into the classroom.

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