TechTalks from event: Green Initiatives Conference 2011

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WATER STEWARDSHIP

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

  • Sustainability Energy for The Corporate World Authors: Tim Swanson, Vice President of Business Operations, Sterling Planet
    Energy use is often the largest contributor to a company's a carbon footprint, while also being the simplest to address. Using renewable energy to offset your company's traditional energy use supports a cleaner energy future, and can be easily promoted in conjunction with your overall environmental goals. Overview of the Renewable Energy Markets; Renewable Energy Certificates uses across corporate businesses PPAs and other structures; Methods to promote a renewable purchase

WASTE DIVERSION

  • How ESPN went from a 48% to a 70% waste diversion rate Authors: Gerard Arrotti, Senior Director of Safety & Sustainability, ESPN
    We began assessing our waste streams in 2004 and at that time our waste diversion rate was approximately 46%. We developed programs to recycle cans/bottles, wire and cable, all batteries (even dry cell), electronics, waste vegetable oil, among other things. As we become more sophisticated in separating and assessing our waste streams, we formed an internal green team to identify opportunities to reduce or eliminate waste. Some of their ideas were implemented the elimination of coffee cups in kitchenettes (everyone at ESPN receives a re-usable coffee mug), eliminating the use of water bottles and providing employees re-usable water bottles, and eliminating Styrofoam in our cafeteria. The elimination of Styrofoam was a big step; we now use only biodegradable food packaging and we actively promote the use of china and re-usable flatware. At the same time, we began composting our food waste along with the biodegradable food packaging. Later efforts include the inclusion of waste reduction goals in all construction and renovation projects. In 2010, our waste diversion rate stands at 70%, a 22% increase since 2004.
  • Sustainability Practice Areas That Deliver Bottom Line Results Authors: Scott Tew,Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand