Commend Local Virginia Store Owner for Green Energy Practices

Target: Mayor of Norfolk, Virginia, Paul D. Fraim

Goal: Commend Cheryl Hahn, founder of CozyPure mattresses, for her environmentally-conscious business practices.

Cheryl Hahn, founder of CozyPure mattresses, has invested a lot of time and money to ensure that her business and commercial operations have as little impact on Earth’s natural environment as possible. Her Norfolk-based store, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, is blanketed with solar panels and outfitted with its very own wind turbine, in most months generating all the energy it needs to operate. Applaud Hahn for her commitment to keeping the environment safe and pure.

Hahn and her husband, who is no longer part of the company but still shares ownership of the building, always had renewable energy and sustainable practices in mind. Her store sells all-natural mattresses, bedding, and other products, including a vegan line of materials that replaces wool (a fire-retardant normally used in mattress covers) with a batting fabricated from the fermented sugars of a starchy plant. When federal energy efficiency tax credits were offered in 2010 and 2011, Hahn took the opportunity to improve her business even further.

The Hahns took out a loan of $160,000, receiving $113,000 back in rebates. With this money they invested in the new turbine and solar panels, eliminating the need to pay their normal monthly $550 electricity bill. The new green technology supplies CozyPure with up to 38KW of emissions-free energy, more power than the company needs most months. The system also covers energy needs for three tenants upstairs and for the offices of CozyPure’s parent company, Environmental Resource Outlet, Inc., all housed in the same building.

Long before they bought the CozyPure building, the Hahns opened Tomorrow’s World retail store at Janaf Shopping Center of Norfolk in 1991. There, they sold low-flow shower heads, organic clothing, and compact fluorescent light-bulbs in a time when renewable energy was much further from the public eye. Back in 2003 when they purchased the CozyPure building, they installed efficient lighting and plumbing systems and upgraded to a geothermal heating and air conditioning system for the 10,000 square foot space.

Cheryl and Richard Hahn have demonstrated their commitment to organic, safe, clean products that are good for people and for the world over the course of many years. Their recent additions to the CozyPure building to bring it to a netzero energy state are admirable and should receive recognition. Sign this petition to urge Mayor Paul D. Fraim to commend Cheryl Hahn for her commitment to environmentally conscious business practices.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Fraim,

Cheryl Hahn, founder of the CozyPure mattress company in Norfolk, recently had about 150 solar panels and a wind turbine installed onto CozyPure’s store building in order to help the organization generate more of its own energy. Her company sells all-natural mattresses and bedding, and even has a vegan line of materials with no animal products whatsoever. Additionally, when Hahn and her husband bought the CozyPure building back in 2003, they had it outfitted with new energy efficient light bulbs and plumbing, and also updated the heating and air conditioning with a new geothermal system.

The changes Hahn has made to her company ensure that for most months out of the year, the building generates all the energy needed to operate. This means CozyPure rarely has to purchase any electricity from Dominion Virginia Power, some of which would come from dirtier sources such as coal or natural gas. The Hahns have demonstrated solid, full-circle commitment to green energy and sustainable business practices. I urge you to commend Cheryl Hahn for her efforts to prevent her company from causing any damage to our natural environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    Thank You.

  2. Hi Peter!

    I work for Cheryl at CozyPure and I think you creating this petition is great. However, I do see one error in it. CozyPure is headquartered in Norfolk, VA not Arizona. If you would be so kind and edit this section of your petition we would greatly appreciate it! I would hate to have the public receive the wrong information. Thank you so much for supporting Cheryl and CozyPure.

    Best,
    Jamar Diggs

    • Peter Warila Peter Warila says:

      Hi there Jamar!

      Thanks for bringing this to my attention! Really can’t believe I missed it in proofreading. I can’t actually make a change from my end with this petition already published, but I just emailed my supervisor asking for him to make the edit.
      Thanks for working for a sustainable company! I really appreciate yours and everyone else’s support on this issue!

      Have a great day!

      -Peter

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