Pixel Tracker

Friday, December 14 , 2018, 11:08 pm | Fair 50º


Encina Meadows Receives Santa Barbara County Green Business Certification

The Towbes Group, developer of quality residential and commercial properties throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, is committed to becoming an environmentally responsible and sustainable local business. Its most recent green business achievement award came from the Santa Barbara County Green Business office, which certified the management office and common areas at the Encina Meadows Apartment Community in Goleta.

To reduce waste, Encina Meadows employed several new techniques, including replacement of disposable kitchen products with ceramics and washable silverware and adding recycling bins at every desk to encourage convenience and maximum use.

The slogan “Scan When You Can” is found on office equipment in an effort to avoid unnecessary copying. Green purchasing efforts include a policy to purchase only post-consumer recycled content paper products and bulk product purchasing is centralized to reduce excessive packaging often associated with ordering supplies from office supply stores. These efforts helped Encina Meadows achieve a tremendous score of 85 percent waste diversion.

Other action steps included installing light sensors and timers in the common areas to reduce electricity consumption. Also, in a effort to maintain the beautiful landscaping and common areas, Encina Meadows only engages vendors that maintain green business practices such as composting and utilization of drip irrigation with smart meters. A Towbes electric car is also available to employees throughout the day for errands.

To become a Santa Barbara County Certified Green Business, Encina Meadows upgraded its employee restrooms to be water efficient, replacing older toilets with new ultra-low flow models. These capital investments significantly reduce water usage and, reduce costs.

“Going green is a process that keeps evolving and re-energizes its participants to stay engaged and constantly look for new ways to approach common practices," Encina Meadows Apartment Community manager Nadra Ehrman said. "We are also proud of our double pane window project, which will collectively save our residents an estimated $50,000 and decrease electricity usage by 884,676 kWh annually.”

The Towbes Group’s Corporate Office was awarded the Santa Barbara Green Business Certification in 2010. Shortly thereafter, Rancho Franciscan Senior Community, managed by The Towbes Group, became the first multifamily housing community to receive a green business certification.

Craig Zimmerman, president of The Towbes Group, has made it a company goal to have all of its residential communities certified by the Santa Barbara County Green Business office by 2016.

— Sam Carey is a marketing intern for The Towbes Group.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >

Meet Your Realtor Sponsored by Village Properties

Photo of Patricia Griffin
Patricia Griffin
"I am very hands on and feel that each transaction is special and different. My clients goals are foremost in what I do to bring about a successful transaction."

Full Profile >