Building a Carbon-Negative Future for Storage

If he could change one thing about the traditional self storage industry, Neighbor co-founder and CEO Joseph Woodbury has this to say: No new builds.

Part of what makes the traditional self storage industry unsustainable is its growth — the manufacture of massive buildings made of concrete and steel materials generates hundreds of thousands of pounds of carbon emissions each year. Woodbury sees a different future for storage: One where existing spaces are recycled to meet consumers’ storage needs, instead of meeting demand by constantly building more and more storage facilities.

In this series, we’ve talked about the negative environmental impact of the traditional storage industry, and how using Neighbor, a peer-to-peer storage marketplace, helps offset the industry’s carbon emissions. But Neighbor has bigger goals: To make the future of storage not just carbon-neutral, but carbon-negative. The only way to do it, according to Woodbury and Neighbor’s other leaders and investors, is to disrupt the self storage industry through sharing existing spaces — and stopping new storage facility builds in the process.

Study: Nearly 70% of Recent College Graduates Do Gig Work

Study: Nearly 70% of Recent College Graduates Do Gig Work

It’s graduation season! Across the country, college students are donning their caps and gowns, marching to “Pomp and Circumstance,” and taking the next big step in their adult lives: Finding their first post-grad job.

One thing that has defined millennials has been their financial woes: Graduating into the Great Recession of 2008, carrying crippling student loan debt, and struggling to build wealth during periods of high inflation and rising cost of living. Now that Gen Z is graduating and joining the workforce, will this generation face the same challenges?

We surveyed 1,000 college students and recent graduates (most of them members of Gen Z) to learn more about the job landscape they face and their saving and spending behaviors. What we found is that many of them are hopeful about their job prospects and trying to save and invest where they can — but most are still having a hard time finding good jobs with salaries high enough to cover all their bills.

The Carbon Offset of Using Neighbor

1 in every nine Americans uses a traditional self storage unit.

To meet the demand for self storage, nearly $5 billion was spent building new facilities in 2021 alone. You know the type: sprawling complexes made of massive amounts of concrete and steel — two construction materials that are massively harmful to the environment.

In the first part of this series, we explored the negative environmental impact of the traditional self storage industry and aimed to raise awareness of storage’s impact among the millions of consumers paying for this extra space. But what can we do to make the self storage industry more sustainable? Read on to find out.