By Coalition Board Member David Tompos
Forty percent of all energy in the United States is consumed by the “built environment”; homes, factories, offices, every structure imaginable. Now ask yourself this question: What would the total economic impact be if the owners of these structures could reduce their costs by 40%? I’m sorry but I don’t have the calculation done for you. But I would ask you to think about what this picture might look like. The savings flow directly to the bottom line, these are hard dollars that can be used to generate future economic activity.
Your attitude may be that this is pie in the sky thinking of some environmentalist dreamer. Actually, this is hard data from the sustainability reports of the global corporate sector. That’s right, companies have reduced their energy and water usage by an average of 40% after the 5th year of implementing their sustainability plans and projects.
For the dreamers reading about this, it wasn’t done with wind and solar power for the most part. In almost all cases all it took was a bold goal, and a focused effort to reduce energy and water usage using existing technology.
There are tremendous savings available to organizations both large and small, just by understanding sustainability and then setting goals and plans to improve resource efficiency. The beauty is that the pursuit of these energy efficiency projects also generates economic activity so vital to getting our economy moving again. Contractors, equipment manufacturers, and employees focused on the big bold goal of reducing what you pay for utilities.
Join us on Friday July 22nd at the Nappanee Library and discover how your company or organization can take the first simple steps towards energy & resource efficiency. Together we can strengthen our businesses are generate long term benefits to the environment, community, and economy.