The MidSouth's Exclusive Distributor for Phantom Retractable Screening Solutions
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Good for you. Good for Earth.
Southern Screens Environmental Report Card
Since our inception in 2000, Southern Screens has been one of the top 5 distributors of the Executive Powered Screen in Phantom's North America network. As such, we generate large amounts of ..... (read more)
The amount of fossil fuels burned by our vehicles is the single greatest factor in calculating the size of our carbon footprint on Earth. Frankly, we'd prefer to tread lightly. With that goal in mind, in 2006, we...(read more)
Conserving energy use in the office is primarily geared toward two energy resources - electricity and natural gas. By practicing what we preach, using common sense and taking note of our tendencies and thoughtlessly wasteful energy-use habits ...(read more)
A Personal Message to You
On behalf of all of us at Southern Screens, I want to thank you for visiting our website. As you can see, we are whole-heartedly embracing the challenge of improving our world's ecosystems with small (but hopefully significant) steps, both corporate and personal, and larger ones in the days and years to come.
This is not, however, a "bandwagon" upon which we've just recently decided to climb. Our desire to preserve the natural beauty of this world stems from a lifelong passion for exploring and enjoying what is truly a magnificent planet.
As a young boy growing up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in northern Georgia, I learned that the very essence of life was in the forests and the meadows. I swam and fished in waters sparkling-clean enough to drink, un-muddied by development run-off or industrial waste. My love of the outdoors blossomed as a young man, and my camping adventures took me into the mountains of North and South Carolina. Whitewater Falls (the highest falls in the eastern United States) was my weekend backyard throughout high school. I still sport a few scars from the youthful recklessness of those days.
In 1974, the US Air Force sent me to a place called Mt. Hebo, Oregon. It was (still is, I guess) a radar site on the Oregon coast in the Cascade Mountains about twenty miles south of a town called Tillamook (famous for its cheese). I had no idea how jaw-droppingly beautiful an entire region could be. Mt. Ranier, Mt Hood, Crater Lake, the Rogue River, Sequoia National Forest, Octopus Tree, and so many other incredible places dot my memories of that time and place. It was untouched, unspoiled and as rich in life as an Amazonian rainforest. If you've been to the Pacific Northwest, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't been, go!
I was young and idealistic and I believed that these natural treasures would be there for all time. Sadly, I was wrong. In 1988, my wife and I became certified SCUBA divers and we visited the undersea world for the first time. The world that Jacques Cousteau explored was now my own. The bio-diversity and rainbow-world of tropical fish awed and humbled us, and we clamored for more undersea experiences. We dove in Hawaii, the Caymans, Turks and Caicos, Aruba, Bonaire, St. Thomas, the Texas Flower Gardens, and more. But in the midst of overwhelming beauty, there was already a dark cloud forming on the horizon.
A dead canary in a coal mine is a bad, bad sign, and in 1988, tropical reefs were already exhibiting their own "canary symptoms". Coral reefs which had taken centuries to form were showing signs of distress and early death. When reefs die, so do the colonies of fish that surround them. An entire food chain collapses, and the effects ripple ever outward. The SCUBA-Diving industry had already seen these warning signs and was in Eco-Alert 20 years ago. Canaries were dying. They still are.
We were a part of that movement then, and we're a part of it now. Perhaps it is only fitting that our life's work now is promoting Phantom Screens, an Earth-friendly product if there ever was one.
It's no stretch to say that using screens is good for the environment. Every time that you turn off the heater or the air conditioner and open your doors and windows, and allow nature to naturally heat, cool and ventilate your home or office, you're helping the planet. Every time that you use solar screens to block the sun's energy from entering your home or office, you're using less energy for cooling, and you're helping the planet.
In the column to the right, we detail our successes and failures, and our continuing plans for an ever-reducing consumption of Earth's resources. We promise to do our part. We hope that you'll be inspired to do a little more, as well. A lot of little steps add up to big strides and before you know it, we're really covering some ground!