With air quality in the Sacramento, California, area among the nation’s worst, it is the one environmental issue affecting every single resident in the region. That also means the solution depends on everyone doing his or her part to reduce air pollution.
Gary Federico, owner of the third-generation cosmetology school Federico Beauty Institute, took the clean air initiative to heart and has worked continuously to maximize energy efficiency at the school. Federico partnered with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District to install a photovoltaic carport system, a solar panel system that shades cars while collecting solar power. Lighting at the school has been changed to energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and occupancy sensors have been installed to eliminate energy waste. The heating and air conditioning system is also managed by a control system to ensure optimum efficiency.
Federico Beauty Institute’s use of solar power will reduce CO2 emissions by 165,643 pounds, or remove the equivalent of about 14 passenger cars from the roadways every year.
“The Sacramento community benefits when a business such as the Federico Beauty Institute sets an example by buying and promoting technology that produces clean energy and reduces energy usage,” said Michelle Seeberger of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
In 2008, Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails named the cosmetology school as one of six Business Clean Air Champions and honored it at the Clean Air Awards Luncheon. “Federico’s winning the award proves that the size of a business has nothing to do with its ability to take effective action toward cleaning our air,” said Kori Titus, spokeswoman for Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails. “Gary Federico proves that small businesses can make a huge difference if enough owners act in unison to save our environment and spare our air.”
The options are endless for clients when it comes to selecting a salon, and once they’ve chosen, a return visit isn’t a slam dunk. Retaining happy clients who will refer friends and family requires superb customer service, smart systems and consistency.
It seems many salon and spa owners were more than ready to kick 2017 to the curb. Some of our Salon Today 200 honorees talk about why 2017 was such a tough year, and how that makes capturing an honor in 2018 so very sweet.
On the 12th Day of the 12 Days of the Salon Today 200, we wrap it all up with the second half of the 2018 honorees in Growth. These salons and spas worked hard to realize gross sales growth of 10.41% and above between 2015 and 2016. Meet these great salons!
On the 11th Day of the Salon Today 200, we celebrate the first half of the 2018 honorees in Growth. These salons and spas have learned to master a number of best business practices to continually grow their service and retail dollars.
On the 10th day of the 12 Days of the Salon Today 200, we celebrate the salons and spas that know a new client is silver, while a retained one is gold. These salons diligently developed programs to drive prebooking rates, referrals and retention.
On the 8th day of the 12 Days of the Salon Today 200, we celebrate the salons and spas who rally around retail, creating beautiful displays and enticing promotions, as well as answering clients' needs with education and recommendations.
On the 7th day of the 12 Days of the Salon Today 200, we celebrate the salons and spas who know inventory management is the supreme balancing act. Keep too much stock and their cash is tied up in the stockroom, keep too little and they miss valuable sales. Meet the 2018 honorees in Inventory Management.
On the 6th day of the Salon Today 200, we celebrate the salons and spas who lead with the heart, searching their communities for causes where their talent, time and money make the most positive change. Meet the ST200 honorees in the category of Philanthropy.
Meet the 2018 Salon Today 200 honorees in Employee Education. These salons constantly develop systems to strengthen the skills and confidence of their new team members, while encouraging and supporting their seasoned staff to continually stretch creatively.
On Day 4 of the 12 Days of the Salon Today 200, we introduce you to the savvy honorees in the Technology category. They've learned to leverage a variety of evolving technologies to reach their full potential and keep all salon systems running strong.