Virginia Businesses Making A Difference, Helping Others “Value Your Power”
With busy schedules at home and work, making energy efficiency and sustainability a top priority can be challenging. Since many of us are most motivated to conserve energy by the financial savings, implementing measures in the workplace — where the upfront investment can be greater and most of the energy users are unaware of daily usage and cost — can be an even greater obstacle. But just because tenants and employees do not see their office building’s energy bill doesn’t mean they can’t play a role in saving energy, reducing costs and making Virginia a better place to live and work.
There are many ways to take action and encourage coworkers to get involved. Here are some examples of Virginia businesses that have taken different approaches to reducing waste and making their workplace more efficient.
- Just last month in Harrisonburg, solar generator manufacturer (and Virginia Energy Sense partner) SUNRNR sponsored a month-long promotion called Spring into Preparedness & Sustainability Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes challenged participants to test their knowledge with energy-related quizzes and offered the chance to win prize packs including an energy monitor and emergency supply kit. The promotion was a part of SUNRNR’s commitment to helping consumers learn more about energy issues, consumption and conservation methods. Although the sweepstakes ended you can learn more about power consumption, sustainable alternatives and more at www.sunrnr.com.
- Arlington-based environmental marketing and services firm NeoNiche Strategies noticed that its office’s main recycling bin was inconveniently located away from all employees to encourage better practices and there were an abundance of unwanted boxes. Applying a lesson typically given to their clients, NeoNiche decided to maximize convenience and participation in its recycling program by placing the surplus empty boxes under each employee’s desk for use as a personal recycling bin. This simple change proved so effective that it made employees more conscious of their recycling, greatly reducing the amount of recyclable paper and materials into the trash bin and even prompting employees to apply the same tactic in their homes.
- In Chesapeake, Woolpert, a design, geospatial and infrastructure management firm, was intent to achieve a more sustainable environment. By installing ENERGY STAR certified light fixtures and water-conserving plumbing among other building improvements, Woolpert reduced its water use by 30% and earned LEED Commercial Interiors Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Though there is not a one-size-fits-all approach for every business, there are options for every budget, building and organization size to begin embracing energy efficiency. Learn how your organization can start getting employees and employers involved. When your office begins to realize its energy-saving potential – or you already have a success story to share – help inspire others by sharing your efforts with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.