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Profit Responsibly in 2011 – Resolutions for the New Year

Dec 31, 2010   //   by Bradley Short   //   Energy, Investors & Stakeholders, Operations Management, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

As 2010 draws to a close, now is the perfect time to make some resolutions for your business.

In 2011, take steps to make your business more responsible, greener, more in tune with all of your various stake holders and more profitable with the following resolutions:

  • Conduct an annual energy audit at each of your facilities, and work to become more efficient every year.
  • Enact new heating and cooling policies (and follow through by raising the thermostat a few degrees in the summer and lower it in the winter).
  • Switch to double-sided and / or black and white printing or, better yet, encourage employees to NOT print materials unless they have to.
  • Install software that automatically shuts down computers at the end of the day, or at least make it a policy for employees to fully shut down at night.
  • Allow employees to volunteer for charities on company time, and pay their regular wages while they do so. Read more >>

Electric Vehicles: If They Build Them, Will You Buy?

Jul 2, 2010   //   by Melinda Owens   //   Energy, Transportation  //  No Comments

Are electric cars the right answer to the right problem?
In case you missed the news, more than 15 models of electric vehicles (EVs) are predicted to hit the market through 2012. But are EVs the right solution? Will they solve everyday problems, or are carmakers just pandering to the tree hugging hippies out there?

What’s Driving Electric Vehicle Production?

There are a number of objective cases for electric vehicles:

Oil Dependence — According to the Department of Energy (DOE), more than half of America’s oil is imported. Of the imported oil, roughly 65% to 75% is located in the Read more >>

5 Tools to Get the Most Bang for your Sustainability Buck

Jun 29, 2010   //   by Colin Manuel   //   Energy, Metrics & ROI  //  No Comments

5 tools to calculate ROI on your sustainability initiativeWhen you’re handed a crowded menu, it’s difficult to find the dish that delivers the most flavor for your dollar. The same is true when it comes to making choices to become a more sustainable company.

Not All Initiatives are Created Equally

From waste reduction to social engagement, there are countless paths to explore on your journey to sustainability. By focusing on a project that delivers the biggest Return on Investment (ROI) in the shortest time, you can launch into the first of a series of successful initiatives.

5 Sustainability Tools to Get Real ROI, Real Fast

  1. Lighting — Replace switches with motion detectors and invest in new LED and fluorescent technology for long-term savings. Lighting Pay-off Calculator.
  2. Packaging — Think lighter and smarter and you’ll fit more product into fewer shipments. Packaging Assessment Tool.
  3. Electricity — Measure your electricity usage to pinpoint where and how much you can save. Energy Monitoring Tools.
  4. Water — Encourage employees to drink from water fountains instead of plastic bottles. Commercial Water Calculator.
  5. IT — Encourage employees to telecommute and swap airports for video conferencing. Video Conferencing Calculator.

Small Success Leads to Large-Scale Change

Pick at least one initiative to focus on, carry it through and quantify it for your leadership and other stakeholders. After your initial success, you’ll find that you have even more support for even larger projects.

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