Green Building

Green Building

Interested in remodeling or wondering about how you’re going to build your new home? If you’re looking for something that is done right, is comfortable, energy efficient and sustainable, BEST Techs Contracting can help you achieve the remodel or new home of your dreams.

Green Building Principles

Green building construction recognizes the influence that building design has on the surrounding environment as well as the building’s occupants. By constructing homes in a way that reduces their negative effects and increases their positive impact, BEST-Techs Contracting applies green building principles to every new construction project our team undertakes. We have, for example, designed homes using sustainable wood and local concrete to reduce the manufacturing impact and transportation emissions. We also aim to use recycled or no VOC materials whenever possible, particularly on floors and counters.  BEST Techs Contacting also uses no VOC paint and ensures a tight building envelope, high-efficiency HVAC systems and water saving features to guarantee occupant comfort, health and safety along with lowering utility bills.

Net Zero Energy and Renewable Energy Options

For homeowners concerned with the continued impact of their home’s carbon footprint, we can build to Net Zero Energy (NZE) specifications which allows a home to produce as much energy as it uses. This involves incorporating renewable energy solutions like solar photovoltaic systems, solar thermal, and possible wind energy. In addition to preserving the environment, you will be able to have minimal or no energy bills, giving you peace of mind and savings.

Green Homes in Los Angeles & Orange County

We have worked on green building projects throughout the region from Laguna Hills to West LA. Our BEST-Techs Contracting team has your best interest in mind, so start envisioning life in a comfortable, energy efficient and environmentally-friendly.

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You have finally saved enough money and found the perfect house for your family, now it’s time to purchase, Right?

What if you could decide between a home that was certified with a GREEN Label like “GREEN POINT RATED” for the Energy Efficient Upgrades that have been installed?

You would be informed by your Real Estate Agent that this particular property has no energy bills, more comfortable, healthier living environment and Eco friendly than any other house you have looked at previously.

Would you be interested in looking at the home?  Why wouldn’t you want to look at this house, it has recent renovations performed by an Energy Efficient General Contractor and now you do not have to worry about Energy Efficient upgrades.  After all the time and saving you have put in to find your home, the last thing you might want is to worry about is your furnace, hot water heater, maybe adding solar and many other appliances that can zap your energy usage and financially sky rocket out of control.  Purchasing and/or remodeling for the future is the BEST way to spend your hard-earned money, energy cost are only going up and our planet needs help.

Next time you think about purchasing a home or remodeling the one you own, take a look at the Energy Efficient Upgrades that can and will save you money and comfort not to mention your health from the day your remodel is complete!


We at BEST Techs Contracting give all our Energy Efficient Clients a manual for their home once the work is complete.  This manual we loving call our H.E.M.P. folder (Home Energy Maintenance Program) gives the client all the improvements listed and products installed along with an Energy Assessment Report that shows the Energy Reduction.  You will also have all the product manuals included with maintenance appointments for follow up visits at no cost to you.

We also offer Green Point Rated (GPR) Labels to our customers, their remodels must qualify for this label.  The GPR will give you the Certification your home deserves after an extensive energy efficient update. Take a look at the link below to read an article from BUILD IT GREEN about Green Labels for the residential market in the future.

Looking to the future…. Our Real Estate Professionals will be trained to recognize and properly communicate Energy Efficient features to their clients.  We will also start to see the MLS have designation for Green Labeled homes, allowing consumers to find these types of homes easier and understand how they are different.

We can all save money, live in a home that is ready for the world ahead and save the planet one home at a time!



Climate Change: How can we help?







Definition on Google from the Dictionary:

cli·mate change


  1. a change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.

The facts are upfront and real. Earth’s surface temperature has risen about 2 degrees Fahrenheit.  This is largely driven by the increase in carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions.  Most of these emissions occurred in the past 35 years, with 2016 the warmest year on record.  As the earth begins to heat up, the oceans rise due to melting ice sheets around the world.  The earth has lost upwards of 36 cubic miles of ice sheets between the years 2002-2006; and this number keeps growing ever year.  Snow caps are melting quickly from the northern hemisphere, and our extreme weather patterns are ever-changing for the worst.

What are the main contributors of climate change?

Most scientists will agree that human presence is to blame.  The “Greenhouse Effect” and its warning signs are real. Although we feel the symptoms of these emissions every day, we can control them:

  1. Carbon Dioxide – burning of fossil fuels
  2. Methane – waste in landfills, agriculture, domestic livestock
  3. Nitrous Oxide – soil cultivation from fertilizers, fossil fuel combustion
  4. Chlorofluorocarbons – synthetic compounds used in industrial applications

So if we can control the Greenhouse Effects, what then is the solution and how can we help?

The U.S. government is actively working on and investing in:

  1. Biofuels, or sustainable fuel made from plants, specifically for our jet engines. This can reduce the jet emissions by 50-70%
  2. Geothermal energy as a heat source from the earth
  3. Bioenergy, an abundant resource, as a renewable resource of energy

100% renewable energy by 2050 is not out of the question. By harnessing the technology of wind, water and solar, we are well on our way towards becoming more sustainable energy consumers.

Other ways that you as an individual can do to make a change:

  1. When making improvements to your home, think about saving energy costs
  2. Install more insulation to keep the air you cool/heat inside your home; you will in turn waste less energy
  3. Use a Cool Roof, which are usually light in color, instead of traditional dark roofs that retain more heat and in the long-run are more expensive
  4. Air seal your home before you think of remodeling, as this will seal leaks to the outside
  5. Replace your outdated HVAC appliances with energy efficient, small units. If you air seal and insulate correctly, you can spend less on smaller units that also cost less to use
  6. Do not forget to save water, especially in draught-prone California. Use recirculating pumps and on-demand call buttons for hot water use

There are so many easy ways to save our energy and water, it just takes different thinking than we are used to.  We have to start changing the old ways to make way for a more advanced way of living, and to ultimately save our planet.

See the last source link and take a carbon footprint calculator test to see how much CO2 your house is producing


How Livestock Farming Depletes the Ozone

Meat-Consumption-JpgThe United States is the second highest country in the world that consumes meat, with an average American consuming 270.7 pounds per year[1]. Only Luxembourg beats this number, with an average of 301.4 pounds of meat consumed per person per year[2]. With this amount of food consumed by each person, it is no surprise that about 51% of America is farmland[3]. But with the high demand of food comes the high costs affecting our planet.

According to the EPA, the agricultural sector is the primary source of methane, or CH4, emissions in the United States[4]. To give you a broad scope of how this gas affects our planet, a 2013 study by the EPA concluded that CH4 accounts for 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity[5]. Livestock is the major driver for the CH4 emissions, considering humans collect their manure to make fertilizer, which produces CH4. Farming livestock not only creates access greenhouse gases, but it also causes global land-use and land-use changes. Examples include deforestation, desertification, and the release of carbon from the cultivated soils, contributing to the overall destruction of habitats and the ozone[6].

But how exactly does eating one hamburger contribute to harming our planet? Let’s break it down. To feed the cow that will become the hamburger, you need 6.7 pounds of grains. Then 52.8 gallons of water are needed for both the cow and irrigation, and a total of 74.5 square feet for every cow to graze and for growing crops for the cow to eat. Lastly, an average of 1,036 btu of fossil fuel energy are needed for feed production and transport of the meat[7]. All of these resources are precious, especially now that fossil fuels are pricey and California is currently in a severe drought. These numbers don’t even include the cow’s waste or CH4 emissions. There may be one upside, however: cattle inventory has dropped since the 1970s. So, fewer cows are being slaughtered. Still, the United States has been producing more meat compared to the 1970s[8]. The question then arises, is it worth the unethical treatment of the animals and the access greenhouse gases to continue to eat meat? Let us start at the beginning.

With the introduction of agriculture over 10,000 years ago, humans relied less on the previous hunter-gatherer methods and more on the byproducts of domesticated animals. Before domestication, meat was a viable source of protein needed for early Homo sapiens and Neanderthals to survive. However, their environment was much different than the one we know today. Early humans lived in a much colder, harsher climate; a diet of only nuts and roots would not sustain you for long 10,000 years ago. However, nowadays meat is easily procured and produced for us. Modern conveniences like mass livestock farms and supermarkets have reduced our need for hunting, let alone direct domestication of our own livestock. Without the need to farm ourselves, the need to understand where our food comes from and how it is produced no longer interests us. As a nation, America no longer cares about the food we eat.

When we no longer care for the facts, we become disengaged from our health and the affects certain foods have on our bodies. According to the American Dietetic Association, “…appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases” (2009, Journal of the American Diet Assoc.). Protein is found throughout a variety of vegetables and fruits, and thanks to the modern age, incorporating them in your daily food is made easy through a variety of powders, simple recipes, and veggie “meats”.

With less consumption of meat and animal byproducts, we can dramatically reduce the greenhouse gas emissions caused by livestock farming, as well as the continued extinction of our forests due to livestock farmland. Even by going “meatless” once a week for a meal, or better yet a day, we help one step at a time to save our planet. But if eating less meat seems unrealistic, there are other options for those who want to lower carbon and methane emissions.

BEST-Techs is one of the only BPI Certified and GreenPoint Rated construction companies that will test and measure for harmful emissions in homes. Jason, the Building Scientist, tests gas burning appliances, furnaces, AC units, water heaters, and the many other mechanics in homes and checks for proper installation and working condition. Most of the time, homeowners do not realize that their everyday appliances emit odorless, and potentially fatal, carbon monoxide gas. Getting your home tested for CO2 and CH4 emissions is a simple and affordable way to help the environment. And unlike eating less meat, testing homes is a more direct approach to lowering harmful emissions that deplete our ozone.


[1] “A Nation of Meat Eaters: See How It All Adds Up”;


[2] “A Nation of Meat Eaters: See How It All Adds Up”

[3] “Major Land Uses”;,-land-value-tenure/major-land-uses.aspx


[4] “Overview of Greenhouse Gases”;


[5] “Overview of Greenhouse Gases”

[6] “The Role of Livestock in Climate Change”;


[7] “A Nation of Meat Eaters: See How It All Adds Up”

[8] “A Nation of Meat Eaters: See How It All Adds Up”

Remodeling? Speed vs. Cost vs. Quality

For as long as people have been buying and selling goods orSpeed Cost Quality
delivering a service, the conundrum of price vs. quality vs.
speed of delivery has existed. When acquiring a product or
service, do you really want it to be the cheapest?
Jason entered the construction industry when he was a
teenager, in the “Hands On” labor environment, which is
something he is no stranger to. “Even though I have many
years’ experience in sales and project management now, I
am still taken by surprise when customers expect the whole
package at the lowest price and as soon as possible.” Of
course, everyone wants the best deal or the best value for money on the best product in the least amount of time. That is human nature.  A reality check is in play when doing things right.
Jason and Penny have been studying building science for over 15 years, specializing in building
defects, Indoor Air Quality, Sustainability, Non-Toxic and No VOC materials, they have noticed
that this is a specialty field that takes a lot of time, patience, commitment, and most of all,
knowledge to fulfill their clients wants, needs and wishes.  This is where BEST-Techs Contracting
does its job. We offer a quality green renovation at a standard higher than our competition. We are committed
to providing our clients with energy efficient, Sustainable, Green Renovations that provide great Indoor
Air Quality, for a fair price and great value. We test, measure, and prove our End Results! These same standards should be applied by all contractors, but very few care about quality, due to lack of education and homeowner “Low Bid” mentality. Let’s take the car industry for instance. Lexus, Mercedes Benz, and BMW are top sellers in their
respective segments, but they are certainly not the cheapest. Yet people buy them, because they are known for quality and reliability. BEST-Techs Contracting wants to set the same example for the construction industry, “Do It Right The First Time Around!” says Jason Scheurer, Lead Building Scientist and Forensic Building Investigator. There are expectations to be made from our clients and we need to reach, and exceed them. The same should be applied in all industries, especially when choosing your contractor for doing green renovations to a house, as this is the biggest purchase the average person will ever make. So, you want SPEED, COST, AND QUALITY all wrapped up into one? When looking for your next contractor of choice, consider what matters most to you. Look to the graphic above for your expectations, which two will you decide on for your home’s investment?


Written by: Jason Scheurer,
OC & LA – (714) 330 – 4500 | VEN & SB – (805) 308 – 6392



Imagine you went to buy a new car and one of your first questions to the salesperson is “what is the estimated miles per gallon (EPA)”?  The salesperson says “I don’t know?” You ask yourself, “Why should I buy this car if I don’t know what the EPA is?”  This is the common practice for buying homes, we do not know what the utilities will cost us each month, but it could be a utility guzzler! The point of the story is, we should all know how much this home will cost us to heat, cool and more importantly how safe is the inside air we breathe?

A Home Energy Score (HES) is a testing method used since its conception in 2010 by the Department of Energy (DOE) to rate homes on their perspective utility use. Shouldn’t you have all the facts about a home before you make the largest, most important investment most of us will ever make? You are told what the cost is, how much the property taxes are, and the interest rate you will pay. How about the monthly cost of utilities (gas, electricity, water) associated with living in this new home you want to purchase?

BEST-Techs Contracting believes in testing, measuring, and proving your homes overall energy performance, and making that home a comfortable and safe environment for all the occupants, which means you and your family! When thinking about a Home Energy Score, you will want to understand what is involved and how this will change your thoughts on upgrades for your home. Let’s start with a few, very important points to keep in mind.

  1. Provide homeowners and homebuyers knowledge of home energy efficiency and cost-effective improvements to reduce energy use and costs
  2. Encourage use of reliable, consistent home energy efficiency information in real estate transactions to inform decisions, and build a market value for comfortable, energy efficient homes
  3. Integrate the Home Energy Score into financing products to help drive the market for comfortable, energy efficient homes
  4. An energy efficiency score based on the home’s envelope (foundation, roof, walls, insulation, windows) and heating, cooling, and hot water systems
  5. A total energy use estimate, as well as estimates by fuel type assuming standard operating conditions and occupant behavior
  6. Recommendations for cost-effective improvements and associated annual cost savings estimates
  7. A “Score with Improvements” reflecting the home’s expected score if cost-effective improvements are implemented


*information provided courtesy of Department of Energy U.S.


The Home Energy Score is a widely recognized and influential tool in the Real Estate market place that leads to an improved U.S. housing stock with better indoor air quality, energy performance, lower utility costs, and greater comfort as well as more efficient use of our natural resources.

It helps build market value for energy efficient Single-Family, Multi-Family and Townhomes that improve overall quality of life for the occupants.

California is a leader in many ways when thinking of Energy Efficiency, but there are many states that are leading the way when it comes to Real Estate and the purchasing a new home.  The great State of Oregon has passed a new law regarding the Home Energy Score and has now required new listings on single family residences to show their Home Energy Score.  To learn more about the Home Energy Score and how this will affect your potential buyer/seller of the property you are interested in, please visit the web sites below;




When you and your family are freezing, you call your Heating and Cooling Contractor right?

Wrong, you should first think about Energy Efficiency.

I know this sounds like the wrong call, but the construction industry has changed dramatically over the past 12 years, and here’s why. California has passed some of the strictest laws for Energy Efficiency, which is a very good thing for homeowner’s. Contractors of all different trades are now expected to voluntarily be re-trained in the latest technology to save our depleting energy resources. With more and more residential units being built every day, we must conserve and this is not just for the good of all concerned, but saves you in more ways than one. When you call your Energy Efficient General Contractor (714-330-4500), he/she is more than just a remodeler, they specialize in saving you money on utilities and delivering you the home of your dreams.

To determine whether you should add insulation, you first need to find out how much insulation you already have in your home and where it is. A certified home energy auditor will include an insulation check as a routine part of a whole-house energy assessment. An energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit, will also help identify areas of your home that are in need of air sealing. Before you insulate, you should make sure that your home is properly air sealed.

You may be freezing in your home because in most cases there is not enough insulation in your attic. Not to mention that old HVAC (heating unit) is not performing to its max capacity. A well-trained professional will be able to measure your insulation, HVAC unit and look at your Ducts in your attic to determine the efficiency of deliverance. In most cases, adding the proper insulation levels can make a world of difference and save you money! Now let’s take a closer look at the differences in insulation.

BLOWN IN CELLULOSE: Made from recycled material, primarily used newspapers. It provides and R-Value of 3.6 to 3.8 per inch. Manufacturers add the mineral borate, sometimes blended with the less costly ammonium sulfate, to ensure fire and insect resistance. Cellulose insulation typically requires no moisture barrier and, when installed at proper densities, cannot settle in a building cavity. Cellulose can be blown in attics and used for dense packing into wall cavities.

FIBERGLASS (BATTS): Made from extremely fine glass fibers. It’s commonly used in two different types of insulation: blanket (batts and rolls) and loose-fill and is also available as rigid boards and duct insulation. Manufacturers now produce medium- and high-density fiberglass batt insulation products that have slightly higher R-values than the standard batts. The denser products are intended for insulating areas with limited cavity space, such as cathedral ceilings. High-density batts for an 8.5-inch spaces yield about an R-30 value. R-38 batts for 12-inch spaces are also available.

COTTON: Cotton insulation consists of 85% recycled cotton and 15% plastic fibers that have been treated with borate — the same flame retardant and insect/rodent repellent used in cellulose insulation. One product uses recycled blue jean manufacturing trim waste. Because of its recycled content, this product uses minimal energy to manufacture. Cotton insulation is available in batts with an R-value of R-3.4 per inch. Cotton insulation is also nontoxic, and you can install it without using respiratory or skin exposure protection. However, cotton insulation costs about 15% to 20% more than fiberglass batt insulation.

POLYISOCYANURATE INSULATION MATERIALS (SPRAY FOAM): Polyisocyanurate insulation is available as a liquid, sprayed foam, and rigid foam board. It can also be made into laminated insulation panels with a variety of facings. Foamed-in-place applications of polyisocyanurate insulation are usually cheaper than installing foam boards, and perform better because the liquid foam molds itself to all the surfaces. Polyisocyanurate or polyiso is a thermosetting type of plastic, closed-cell foam that contains a low-conductivity, hydrochlorofluorocarbon-free gas in its cells. The high thermal resistance of the gas gives polyisocyanurate insulation materials an R-value ranging from R-5.6 to R-8 per inch.

For optimal energy efficiency, your home should be properly air sealed and insulated from the roof down to its foundation. In addition to insulation, consider moisture and air leakage control in each area of your house. If radon is an issue where you live, you’ll also need to consider radon and radon-resistant construction techniques as you research foundation insulation options. In addition, if you live in an area with termites, you’ll have to consider how termite protection will affect the choice and placement of insulation in your home.

In closing, the message is clear, call your local General Contractor specializing in Energy Efficiency to help you determine the proper work needed in your home. You may find that they save you money while making you more comfortable over the longevity of your homes life.

BEST Techs Contracting can help you with all your energy efficiency needs, Room Additions and Remodels.

Call 714-330-4500 or visit today!

Footnotes for Picture: U.S. Department of Energy

Types of Air Conditioners [INFOGRAPHIC]

The year-round heat in Southern California finds most Orange County homeowners running their AC units on a constant basis. Still, many don’t know how their air conditioners work. Contrary to what most people assume, air conditioners actually pull hot air out of the home instead of just blowing cool air in.


The Origins of Earth Day

Every year on April 22, we celebrate our planet. Earth Day is known around the world as the day to recycle, to learn about sustainability, and to do our part as individuals to save the earth. Environmental companies spread the “green” word, and there is no shortage of festivals and earth-savvy events. But unknown to many, Earth Day is a fairly new concept. This worldwide celebration derived from a Harvard Graduate student back in 1970, when the air was ripe with peace and love: the perfect recipe for planetary appreciation.

Earth Day began in the mind of Denis Hayes, a graduate student attending Harvard in 1970. That year, Senator Gaylord Nelson also had green on the mind, as he proposed an environmental teach-in on college campuses that April. Hayes, a devoted environmentalist himself, decided to fly to Washington, D.C. to meet with Senator Nelson for a 15 minute interview about organizing a similar environmental teach-in at Harvard. Turns out the interview lasted a couple of hours, the result being the creation of Earth Day on April 22, 1970. The first Earth Day had over 20 million participants. Even President Nixon could not ignore the giant impact of the first Earth Day, and in response he created the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Congress followed with the Clean Air act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the Environmental Education Act, just to name a few. Today, 192 countries celebrate Earth Day every year. These two minds, one a Senator concerned with conservation and the other a devoted environmentalist, created a global phenomenon.

Hayes did not stop his pursuit of environmentalism with the creation of Earth Day. He continued to be a frontrunner in many environmental companies, finally being hired as the president of the Bullitt Foundation in 1992. The Bullitt foundation promotes responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest. True to the company morals, even the building in which the company resides is environmentally conscious. Built in Seattle in 2011, the Bullitt Center is the first office building in the world to achieve the Living Building Certification from the Living Building Challenge. Below are a few ways that showcases the building’s sustainability:

  • Triple-paned, argon-filled, heat-mirrored, and floor-to-ceiling windows eliminate the need for any artificial lights
  • Toilets use ½ cup of water mixed with biodegradable soap per flush
  • Waste is therefore clean and safe, and created into compost then sold through a local government program
  • Rain water is captured, purified, and stored
  • Solar panels on the roof create a self-contained energy source
  • Automated blinds are computer controlled, keeping heat from entering the building and therefore eliminates the need for air conditioning
  • There is no parking garage, so employees are encouraged to walk, ride a bike, or ride the bus.


With all these sustaining programs in place, the building uses 1/9 as much energy per square foot as the average building in Seattle, and 1/20 the amount of water per square foot as the average building in Seattle. The design life of the building is 250 years, the same average as many European buildings. However in the United States, modern buildings are not made to last as long, especially over 100 years.

And if an office building can rely solely on “net zero” energy and water, why can’t a home do the same? So for this Earth Day, get inspired by the accomplishments of Hayes and the Bullitt Center and take a step towards a greener life. It is easier than it looks, and in the long run, a green life can save renters and homeowners money as well as time.

BEST-Techs’ mission is to provide healthy homes that are sustainable for both you and the environment. They provide room additions, remodels for over 20 years but most importantly they provide Energy Efficient upgrades. BEST-Techs Contracting is a participating Energy Upgrade California Contractor.  We can test your home to help you lower energy, spend less money and have a big impact on the environment. Get rebates and incentives with the Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade.

BEST-Techs encourages you to take simple steps towards a healthier home. Recycling is the easiest path to become less wasteful. To find out which items are recyclable, local utilities have information and free charts that can be posted in your home for an easy way to remember. Switching to LED light bulbs is also easy, and if you have extra money to spare buying Energy Star appliances will reduce energy usage and save you money in the long run.

Preserving National Parks


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Preserving National Parks

As the snow starts to melt, and the flowers begin to bloom, springtime becomes the best time to enjoy the outdoors. And what better way to enjoy the outdoors then to plan a trip to a national park? The natural wonders of America are available to anyone who wants to visit, and nature is usually abundant and untouched. Or so you thought.


With all the visitors, about 270 million each year, comes their combined 100 million pounds of trash*. And this is only for our national parks. Imagine the amount of trash we produce in our hometowns and cities!


Good thing sustainability has become better understood and more easily practiced. Transferring sustainability habits from our homes to the national parks is as easy as being more conscious of the environment. There are no extra steps involved to go green, contrary to belief. Being green ma actually be easier than not, and in the long run not only do you help save our country’s national parks, you also save yourself a little extra money in the process.


Below are a few tips* to take with you when traveling to any national park. Keep these in mind when you come home, as they can easily become sustainable practices in your daily life.


  • Bring reusable water bottles and coffee cups: Wash them out when needed; you eliminate unnecessary waste at the parks when you only need one cup for your entire trip.
  • Bring reusable bags for storage, carrying items, and for buying items at the parks: You will only throw away the plastic one once you are done with it, so why bother? Bring or buy a bag while at the park, which are usually more sturdy than plastic and can double as your souvenir.
  • Recycle waste in cities before or after visiting the parks: Dead batteries? Have a ripped tent? Did you drink plenty of soda or iced tea? Don’t drop them off at the nearest parks trashcan. Take them home with you, and recycle them.
  • Do not burn waste in campfires: this one is obvious, but once you burn food or trash in a fire, doesn’t mean it disappears. The toxins released by the waste float in the air and into your lungs. They are dangerous, and should not be inhaled by anyone, including the wildlife.
  • Use the air dryers in the restrooms: they are much more efficient at drying off your hands than a paper towel. And if the added few seconds are too much for you to handle, just remember that the monuments you came to the parks for will not go anywhere. Take your time and save waste by using air dryers. If none are available, go eau natural and wave your hands about until dry.
  • Support park composting: when done with your daily meals, throw the trash away (or better yet recycle) but separate the food for compost before throwing it in with the rest of the trash. Composting transforms organic waste into usable fertilizer. Giving back to nature just got easier.


The next time you visit a national park, respect the nature preserved for over a hundred years and do your part. These steps are not the only ways to help out, but are the basics to providing a more healthy and green-conscious environment.

*Statistics taken from National Geographic: Sustainable Steps for Parks Preservation



Article written by: Nicole Scheurer