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Mililani Students Tour Green Storage Facility

Dustin Ricci Dustin Ricci
Ian Lee Ian Lee
Lorna Nono Lorna Nono

By Tracy Gladden

MILILANI (KHNL) -- Mililani High School students get a lesson in green building. This brand new storage facility is a shining example of what companies can to do save the environment.

Dustin Ricci is a drafting teacher at Mililani High School.

"I didn't know that we had anything like this in Mililani, it's the first I've heard of it. It was really nice to see that the movement is catching on," he said.

The field trip is important for a class project.

"They're all designing their own house. A 1,500 square foot house and they have to have some aspect of renewable or sustainable energy on that house. And so coming here shows them first hand what types of things they can do and what types of materials they can use that are sustainable and renewable," Ricci said.

It's a hands on approach to learning green building techniques.

Mililani High Senior Ian Lee was excited about the buildings solar panels.

"The solar panels that power this place during the day, it's pretty much all electricity and they save twenty thousand dollars a year," he said, "I'd like to probably get one of those solar panels for myself save me some money one day."

Other energy saving products in the new construction include stained concrete instead of tile. Lorna Nono is Castle and Cook's Property Manager.

"We have motion censors when you walk in all the lights go on. It saves energy because they go off at a certain time. Our cabinets are made with re-forested materials," she said.

Even the carpets are recycled.

Castle & Cooke Self Storage will celebrate it's grand opening Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

There will be tours and refreshments.

The event is open to the public.

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