To receive the support of such notable local businesses on our project is a humbling experience. Today, we are continuing our interview series of our primary donors with Sanitary Service Company (SSC), and how their work aligns with ZeNETH. It turns out that SSC cares about a lot more than picking up our junk!
Founded in 1929 by Italian immigrant, Agostino “Gus” Razore, as a waste management company for 500, SSC now boasts a 50,000 customer service area that includes most of Whatcom County. Paul Razore, the son of Gus, is the company’s president and has preserved the community minded company for the benefit of this region.
As Whatcom County’s first major purchaser of renewable power through Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power Program, SSC has a pattern of energizing initiatives that support a cleaner environment. This ethic is reflected in their use of Smart Trips and it’s 5-star achievement from EnviroStars which earned this rating “for our leadership activities in reduction of both hazardous and non-hazardous solid wastes” and became the first company of its kind to earn this rating by EnviroStars. ZeNETH is also not the first group at Western Washington University to receive support from SSC; the prime sponsor for the university’s cycling teams is SSC!
SSC’s Recycling and Safety Manager, Rodd Pemble, spoke with me about the work they support, and why it matters to SSC to provide assistance to Project ZeNETH. When it comes to ZeNETH, SSC once again sees an opportunity in boosting the work of a project that touches not just on energy, but upon housing, and waste. “We really appreciate when people are able to look at issues in a multi-faceted way that reflects the complexity of the situation. We are very systems minded, and have a basic appreciation for material sciences, so supporting ZeNETH lines up well for us,” says Pemble. “We’ve done extensive upgrades on our buildings and truck fleet over the years. These improvements in energy efficiency have made the buildings more comfortable. We’ve also analyzed our maintenance shop’s toxicity levels, and reduced the use of many potentially harmful cleaners in favor of more effective and cheaper non-toxic options. This is important because these materials can directly impact the health of our workers.”
Because the work of ZeNETH touches on overlooked aspects of construction such as energy efficiency, material waste, and material toxicity, our team relishes the support of a well known, local company that also cares about these critical pieces. SSC, along with A1 Builders and Western Solar all put heart and mind into their business practices, and honestly, it provides much needed encouragement for us to stay at it. We know that our friends at SSC do care, and they’ve put forth the resources to help fund the work that matters.
It can be easy to think of SSC as just another company, but they are, in fact, one of only a handful of locally owned and operated companies in the waste management industry. They have the flexibility to meet the needs of our county, the city, and their customers.
We so appreciate their generous support for Project ZeNETH, and we celebrate being on their long list of local initiatives that are ensuring a healthy environment for our future. Thank you, SSC!