Businesses that wish to operate in California may have to reduce the amount of waste they emit by 30 percent, but the University of California Davis may be way ahead of the game.

“The West Village is what a sustainable energy future looks like for California and the rest of the world,” the university’s release stated. “Its commitment to comprehensive evaluations like this one is an important part of the good example that the community is setting for all the rest of us.”

UC Davis’ eco-friendly initiative has been in the works since 2006, Natural Resources Defense Council contributor Ralph Cavanagh explains. Construction for UC Davis’ West Village consists of commercial and living spaces for 3,000 students and 500 staff members.

The university analyzed data from West Village’s first full year of occupancy and found that their implementing of green office solutions led to a 87 percent reduction in energy use—the university is working toward zero net-energy consumption. According to Cavanagh, zero net-energy means a facility would be “consuming less electricity than it produces while emitting no carbon pollution.”

West Village consists of six buildings with 500 one to four bedroom apartments. While use was higher in the three and four-bedroom units, UC Davis hopes that this knowledge will encourage occupants to change their energy use behavior.

While these initiatives can also greatly reduce a business’ carbon footprint, aspiring entrepreneurs may not have the resources available to make these changes; however, used business furniture is a great way to reduce overall waste without hurting the company’s administrative budget.

This solution can benefit startups that are still in the development stages or organizations that need additional work stations as the company expands. This environmental solution allows business owners to purchase more commercial pieces, while improving the bottom line.