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FedEx Ground's Bakersfield terminal delivers packages to all of Kern County and to outlying rural areas outside of Kern.
Before becoming Green Certified the FedEx Ground facility in Bakersfield had a trash problem. "We had a trash pick up three times a week. And the cost was huge, about $5,000 a month," said Danny Murdock, senior manager of the Bakersfield FedEx Ground facility. FedEx Ground's first step in Green Certification was to reduce waste and increase recycling rates. After setting up recycling with BARC they reduced trash pick ups to twice a week. That success inspired FedEx Ground to do more. Thanks to streamlined packaging, recycling, and composting, the facility is now 98% waste-free.
Murdock also took a close look at the facility's water usage and decided that with bills averaging $2500 per month, it made sense to invest in water-saving technologies. The facility installed GPS equipment which evaluates moisture levels before watering landscaping and turf. The change has reduced their monthly water bill by $1200.
To evaluate energy usage, Murdock took advantage of the free energy assessment offered by PG&E. In the evaluation he learned that the conveyor belts that move packages through the facility were the biggest energy users. It is now a facility policy to turn off conveyors when they are not in use. Solar panels are being installed wherever possible and FedEx trucks are not allowed to idle on the facility's campus or while making deliveries.
"I really appreciate the opportunity that Kern Green has given our business," Murdock said. "That Green Certification means a lot in the world of FedEx."
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