Company blog from D..B.. Canadian CEO to company employees…..and my reply,
So did you see any of the “Live Earth” concerts over the weekend?
I wonder if Mr Geldof could have imagined what he had started all those years ago with “Live Aid”?
Back then, in 1985, the idea of a one day show, from multiple locations, with so many bands, broadcast live around the world was pretty much unique. I was living in England at the time and desperate to go down to Wembley Stadium. Unfortunately I was stuck in a tiny (and very hot) meeting room attending a sales training course. That was bad enough – but even more annoying:one of my best friends did attend, and do you think that I have ever heard the last of it? (He is even on the official video.)
About 20 years later, I caught up with Bob Geldof at the Palais Royal in Toronto; me and a couple of hundred die-hard Boomtown Rats fans. Great show, but it did not quite make up for missing the big one all those years earlier.
What is incredible about all of these concerts is the way in which they raise awareness about issues that both impact and unite people right across the globe. It really makes you think, not only about what you’re doing personally to support a greener world, but what businesses and organizations are doing worldwide in support of the cause.
I’m proud to say that we’re doing our part at [this company]and that the environment is becoming not only a stronger focus for us, but also a strategic part of our business plan.
So I thought this might be a good chance to recognize one of our often unsung groups – the properties team – and share with you some of the great work they’re doing to reduce our environmental footprint by decreasing the amount of energy we use at our facilities. Not only does this save us money, but it also helps us to lower greenhouse gas emissions which, of course, has a significant impact on the environment.
So – a quick list for you (some of the terms and names are a little technical for me, but you’ll get the idea):
•Direct digital control systems (DDC) are being installed in some stations to control consumption levels of things like lighting, heating and air conditioning.
•Sensor technology is being installed in warehouses to reduce energy consumption by up to 50% when areas are not occupied.
•Select stations are being retrofitted with T8 technology on fluorescents, which reduces voltage by about 40%.
•And, of course, we’ve started to use new, lower wattage lights in our facilities.
We also can’t overlook what we’re doing outside of our facilities either. Over and above the hybrid vehicles we’ve integrated into our fleet, [our company]supports a number of organizations that are committed to environmental issues. For instance:
•[Our company] sponsors the annual CN Tower Climb to benefit World Wildlife Fund Canada.
•[Our company] provides funding and recruits employee volunteers for PITCH-IN CANADA to support their community clean-up initiatives and to help them develop ongoing programs to keep Canada beautiful.
•And this year, one of my favourites,[our company]also supported Tree Canada by purchasing trees that are planted in communities across the country.
That’s a really quick overview; there is lots more happening. But it gives you a good idea of some of the initiatives both inside and outside of our locations.
This past weekend really does make you think about what we are all doing to support a “greener” lifestyle. It is amazing that, in the course of just a few years, things like drinks in plastic bottles, recycling garbage and using low voltage light bulbs are already part of everyday life. But what struck me about Saturday was how many more simple things can make such a huge difference like making sure your car tires are properly inflated, removing your name from junk mail lists and unplugging your phone charger.
Easy ideas. And that is the great thing about these concerts – they make us stop and think!
The downside of Saturday’s concert?
Well, one of my colleagues (who sits very close to my office) was at the show in New York and do you think I will hear the last of it? Just goes to prove that some things don’t change!!!
So what “green” habits have you incorporated into your life? What else can we do at [our company] to help protect the environment and conserve energy? What have you seen people or businesses doing that’s impressed you?
PS – If you’re stuck for ideas on how you can make a difference, check out the Live Earth Web site. Lots of good stuff on there, plus – as a bonus – photos and video from the concerts.
Dear Mr. D B,
I’m sorry to say I disagree with the entire “green” fad. To me, it is a new religeon. Scientists disagree with too much and besides, much of the “green” revolution originally stems from the left behind leftists who lost the “new left” campaigns to turn America into a socialist state, and turned green instead. (Your right about the envy part).
True capitalist work, itself is a process of effeciency of resources, time and effort – not with an “invisible hand”, but in a process of individual freedom. That freedom must be preserved to the utmost from encroaching government controls, including controls stemming from dubious claims about the environment. Thank you, Ted. employee #.
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