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1Greening Your Business 101 Sustainability“Green”Health and SafetyGreening Your Business 101Turning your Business into a High PerformanceGreen MachineDIOSH Day 2013Don Howerter, LEED AP O&MRuyle Mechanical Services, IncGinger Johnson, LEED GATRICON / Simply Ag Services
250 Minutes to Kick Start Your Next Green Step Ready to Go!50 Minutes to Kick Start Your Next Green StepDefining “Green”Why it MattersNavigating GreenYour Action PlanOpportunities and StrategiesIncentivesGetting Buy-InMore ResourcesJust Scratching the Surface Today
3What Does Green Mean to You? DIOSH “Green” ParticipantsWhat Does Green Mean to You?
4Green ► Sustainability Defining GreenGreen ► SustainabilityEnergy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Fuel-Efficient Vehicles, Local Food, Reusing, Improved Air Quality, Low Water Usage, Sustainable Development, Safe Buildings, Social Equity, Reducing Waste, Local/Recycled Materials, Efficient Appliances, Preserving Natural Resources, Walking, Comfort, Fewer Employee Sick Days, Daylight, Insulation, No or Few Toxins, CFL’s and LED’s, Recycling, Saving Money, More Productivity, Helping the Planet, Slowing Global Warming, Being Responsible to Future Generations . . .It’s “indefinable”From Armory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute
5Just Say No to Green Washing Defining GreenJust Say No to Green WashingSustainability“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”From the Brundtland Report1It’s “improving the quality of life for all within the capacity of nature”From Paul Hawken, renowned author, speaker, and environmentalist1 World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED). Our common future. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987 p. 43.
6PLANET SUSTAINABILITY PROFIT PEOPLE ENVIRONMENTALNatural Resource UseEnv. ManagementPollution Prevention(air, water, land, waste)ECONOMICProfitCost SavingsEconomic GrowthR & DSOCIALStandard of LivingEducationCommunityEqual OpportunityThe Triple Bottom LinePLANET“Bearable”JusticeStewardship“Viable”Energy EfficiencyIncentivesSUSTAINABILITYPROFITPEOPLE“Equitable”Ethics / RightsFair TradeAdapted from University of Michigan 2002 and others
7What is a Green or Sustainable Business? Defining GreenWhat is a Green or Sustainable Business?Better PeopleBetter PerformanceBetter ProductsBetter EnvironmentBetter Business
8Defining GreenDelta Institute:“Sustainability planning and related services are tools for businesses, state and local governments, and communities to reduce negative environmental impacts and improve efficiency in their operations, programs, and products. A sustainability program addresses energy, water, building and construction, pollution prevention, waste management, air quality, transportation, economic development, local food policy, open space and conservation – setting measurable goals for improvement in each area. Sustainability ultimately saves money, conserves resources and ensures that a business or community is “meeting its present needs without compromising those of future generations.” 11 Delta Institute, Sustainability & Certification, (2013).
9This Might Be a Little Extreme . . . Why it MattersBIG PictureAttitudes have ChangedPart of Something BiggerPart of the SolutionResponsibility to Care for our Planet – It’s Where We Live, Work and Play!Climate ChangeResource DepletionAir / Water PollutionWildlife ImpactGreen JobsThis Might Be a Little Extreme . . .
10Why it MattersThe American DreamWe spend on average 90% of our time INDOORS, including time at WORK, sharing our space, air, light, germs, equipment, chemicals, tools, dust and other stuff with fellow humans.At work, we want 72 degrees, shorter commutes, more sunshine, clean water, to lose a few pounds, less stress, better relationships, fewer illnesses, fresh air, safe surroundings, more moolah, green views, happiness . . .
11Hoax or not . . . Green is good for YOU and BUSINESS and PLANET!
12For Business, Sustainability Can: Why it MattersFor Business, Sustainability Can:Boost the Bottom LineGenerate Positive ImageAttract Tenants, Workers, CustomersBeautify Building & AreaSpark CollaborationFoster HappinessHelp the PlanetEnhance ComfortEnsure SafetyImprove HealthIncrease ProductivityReduce WasteReduce Pollution, Green House Gas EmissionsConserve Energy, Water, Natural ResourcesLower Operating CostsIncrease Asset ValueReduce RiskGet Incentives, RebatesIt Mattersto our Neighbors
13Role of the Safety and Health Professional in Sustainability Why it MattersPerhapsPresent at DIOSH Day about your success!Role of the Safety and Health Professional in SustainabilityYou Have Passion and Expertise!Valuable to Planning and Implementation ProcessUnderstand Needs of Employees AND Need for Cost EfficiencyOpportunity to Improve Safety and Health for Employees and OthersContribute to:Comfort managementProper illumination in and outClean water supplyStormwater managementMaterials and suppliesHAZMAT regulations, handlingIEQ standards, monitoring, contaminants, etc.Healthy environmentsPollution controlOngoing monitoring and maintenance of measures
14Navigating Ratings, Certifications, Standards, Codes, Guidelines Navigating GreenNavigating Ratings, Certifications, Standards, Codes, GuidelinesTips to Navigating:Don’t be Afraid to Ask!Look for State, Local and Federal Government RecommendationsLook for Incentive & Code RequirementsCheck Local and State Training EntitiesLeverage Environmental OrganizationsRead ReviewsAsk for CredentialsNo Shortage of Models!Name, Interests, PoliticsCan be Difficult and Time-Consuming for Consumers to Find, Learn, ImplementStill Sorting out Models, but Emerging LeadersNarrow Your Focus?Need a Plaque?Go Beyond Code?For Buildings, Products, Localities, Businesses, Services, and Professionals . . .From Non-Profits, Government Agencies, For-Profits, Industry Associations, Utilities . . .Focusing on Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Transportation, New, Existing, Energy Efficiency, Electronics, Land, Water, Holistic Philosophy, Natural Resources, Renewables, Recycling, Codes, Climate, Design . . .
15Yikes - Over 100 rating systems out there! Navigating GreenYikes - Over 100 rating systems out there!Rating SystemsLEED® Rating System by U.S. Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org)ENERGY STAR® Buildings and Products by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Dept of Energy (www.energystar.gov)Green Globes™ by Green Building Initiative™ (www.greenglobes.com,Living Building Challenge by International Living Future Institute™ (www.living-future.org)BPI Rating System by Building Performance Institute, Inc. (www.bpi.org)BOMA 360 Performance Program® by BOMA International (www.boma.org/360)
16Navigating GreenRating SystemsGREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® program for low-emitting/low-VOC products (www.greenguard.org)Forest Stewardship Council™ certifies products from responsibly managed forests (www.us.fsc.org)Green Seal® certifies products, services, companies (www.greenseal.org)ACEEE’s Green Book® green car ratings (www.greencars.org)Pharos Project evaluates, certifies materials (www.pharosproject.net)
17Codes, Standards, Guidelines Navigating GreenCodes, Standards, GuidelinesInternational Energy Efficiency Code ® and International Green Construction Code, plus guides by International Code Council® (www.iccsafe.org)ASHRAE standards for indoor environments, refrigeration plus guides (www.ashrae.org)Building Energy Codes Program, U.S. Dept. of Energy, codes and standards, assistance to states (www.energycodes.gov)ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™ by NAHB (www.nahb.org) and ICC (www.iccsafe.org)IL DECO Bureau of Energy & Recycling (www.illinoisenergy.org)ANSI (www.ansi.org) and ISO (www.iso.org)
18Take a Step Action! Company, Department, You, Starting Small OK Navigating to PlanningTake a StepCompany, Department, You, Starting Small OKNo Guilt – not all at same stageChoose Focus or Priorities EarlyDon’t have to Reinvent WheelDo it TogetherMake it FunGo ahead, use your cell phone!Check out these Apps:iRecycle, Locavore, Good Guide, Econo, Climate Eyes, OneSmallAct, Go Green, 123 Zero Build,JouleX Modbile, Sustainable Facilities MobileAction!
19YOUR ACTION PLANAction PlanMany Examples Available – Based on Strategic Business Planning ModelsUse Continuous Improvement CycleSimilar to Your Plans for Safety and HealthCommon Strategic Areas across Models and Rating Systems1 United Nations, UN Global Compact Management Model, (Published 2010, Accessed 2013).
20#1 Make a Commitment YOUR ACTION PLAN Usually Works Best “Top Down” (more on buy-in later)Company, Department, Branch, Neighborhood, You?Establish “Green Team” or “Sustainability Committee”Solicit volunteers, but include stakeholders like safety/health manager, building operator, owner, employee(s) who spend most of day on site, variety of ages/experience, maybe a clientIdentify primary contact person and location of informationEstablish regular meeting timeCreate Preliminary Action Steps, TimelineBe Flexible, Expect Surprises, ChallengesBe Prepared to Narrow Focus to Fit Time and ResourcesCommunicate your CommitmentFoster Collaboration, InnovationCreate a Buzz! Have Fun!
22#2 Know What You Have How can you fix what you don’t know is broken? YOUR ACTION PLAN#2 Know What You HaveHow can you fix what you don’t know is broken?CRITICAL to Plan!Survey Employees, Owners, Managers, Clients, for Example:What about your work area makes you uncomfortable?What is the biggest challenge on a hot day to cool the building?Can you easily access recycling bins?Ask for Ideas, Desires, InterestsList Past Complaints, Known ProblemsConduct Walk-Thru with OPEN EYES!
23#2 Know What You Have YOUR ACTION PLAN Gather Information and StatisticsUtility UsageWaste StreamEmployeesMechanical SystemsWater, StormwaterResources for Data CollectionENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Data Collection Worksheet (www.energystar.gov)Local/Regional Utility and Waste CompaniesIL DCEO Bureau of Energy and Recycling (www.illinoisenergy.org)US Energy Information Administration, Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (www.eia.gov) AND Building Benchmarking (www.buildingbenchmarks.com)Consumables and Cleaning SuppliesOther Furnishings, EquipmentInsurance, Other ExpensesManufacturing ProcessesPests, Mold, Condensation, Ewww StuffI’m going to get you!
24#2 Know What You Have Bring in the Professionals YOUR ACTION PLAN#2 Know What You HaveBring in the ProfessionalsEnergy AuditWaste AuditIAQ TestingWater TestingMechanical System AssessmentRetro-CommissioningCompile into Benchmark ReferenceNote Emerging PrioritiesUpdate Statistics, Conduct Follow-Up Surveys
25That Pill is Just a Mirage. You are Still Sleepy. YOUR ACTION PLAN#3 Know Your OptionsHow much Engagement and Support from Employees, Owners?Initial Investment AvailabilityLook at Case Studies, Tour Other Offices / ProjectsAttend Introductory SeminarsLeverage Professional ResultsConsider Everything!Potential Savings Over Life of BuildingAvailable IncentivesEmployee Productivity and Health SavingsWaste Stream SavingsProduct Cost SavingsMarketing – Business Seen as Part of the SolutionThat Pill is Just a Mirage. You are Still Sleepy.
26#4 Create the Plan Priorities and Scope SMART Goals YOUR ACTION PLAN#4 Create the PlanPriorities and ScopeSMART GoalsTimeline and MilestonesWho is Doing What, When and How?IMPORTANT: Communicate the Plan and Engage EveryoneInclude Continuous Improvement ProcessUse professionals, rating systems, case studies, to identify STRATEGIES to achieve goals. . .
27Opportunities and Strategies Sustainable SitesWater EfficiencyEnergy and AtmosphereInnovation and Regional PrioritiesMaterials and ResourcesIndoor Environmental QualityEquity, Beauty, Education and AwarenessRating Systems and Guidelines for Various Types: Existing Buildings, New Construction, Schools, Homes, Neighborhoods, Manufacturing . . .Combined From LEED®, Living Building Challenge™, and Others
28Sustainable Sites Opportunities Keep Water on the Site!Sustainable SitesOpportunitiesSustainable SitesCreate/maintain safe building exterior and property that preserves surrounding ecosystemReduce water consumption and runoffReduce heat-island effectReduce dependency on single- occupancy autosEncourage outdoor human activityReduce chemicals, control erosion, use native plants in landscapingReduce light pollution while preserving safety and securityCreate areas for wildlife habitatNovus International Headquarters Campus, St. Louis, MO. Learn more about this project and others at
29Image Source: Heat Island Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Heat Island EffectAccording to the EPA/ENERGY STAR, “The term "heat island" describes built up areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas. The annual mean air temperature of a city with 1 million people or more can be 1.8–5.4°F (1–3°C) warmer than its surroundings. In the evening, the difference can be as high as 22°F (12°C).Heat islands can affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and water quality.”
30Reduce Heat Island Effect Sustainable SitesStrategiesGreen Roof:Reduce Heat Island EffectSustainable SitesEliminate and/or substitute harmful chemicals in paints, sealants, fertilizers, pesticides, etc.Manage Stormwater: install bioswales, use native landscaping, erosion control, reduce runoffCapture water (rainwater, gutters) for irrigation; reuse grey waterUpgrade exterior illumination to limit nighttime pollution, disruption of wildlife, maintain safety and securityImplement car-pooling programsUpgrade parking, walkways to porous surfaces; reduce use of traditional asphalt and concreteInstall green roofXeriscaping landscaping that reduces or eliminates need for irrigation
31The Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, Illinois, opened in 2012 The Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, Illinois, opened in It employed several sustainable site strategies and ultimately achieved LEED Gold certification.“Last week, Chicago officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on “the greenest street in America,” a two-mile stretch of Cermak Road and Blue Island Avenue in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood. In addition to new pedestrian and bicycle features, the innovative new street surface will filter stormwater, helping to prevent the city’s combined sewers from overflowing. Most impressive of all, the cement used to pave the street cleans the surface of the roadway and removes pollution from the air.”“The new roadway uses photocatalytic cement, an innovative new paving surface that contains nano particles of titanium dioxide, enabling it to literally “eat” smog and remove nitrogen oxide gases from the surrounding air. Additionally, the sidewalks are paved with 30 percent recycled content, and more than 60 percent of all construction waste was recycled.”Photo and Quote from Inhabit (www.inhabit.com) By Mark Boyer
32Nice Drug- and Water-Dependent Green Rug, eh? Water EfficiencyOpportunitiesWater EfficiencyReduce indoor water consumptionReduce outdoor/irrigation water consumption, especially of potable waterCapture and reuse “grey” water when possibleReduce “black” waste water; reduce burden on building, site, treatment, and natural systemsLower water billsAre You Thirsty for More?Q: How much water is saved per flush with a high-efficiency toilet?A: 2.2 to 5.7 galQ: Between 1950 and 2000, the US population grew by 89%; how much has our water use grown in the same period?A: 200%
33Water Efficiency Strategies Install low-flow toilets, showers, appliancesManage cooling towers to reduce water use; also relates to chemical and bacterial contamination and control issuesCapture rainwater and use for irrigation; reuse grey water in toiletsMonitor water usage regularly; upgrade metersOccupant BehaviorProvide training to occupants on ways to reduce water consumption and why it mattersUse leftover (from drinking) water for plants instead of pouring down drainTurn off faucets while not in useReport and fix leaking faucets, toilets immediately
34Energy Use in Commercial Buildings Reduce energy consumption (lighting, equipment, systems, phantom load, etc.)Energy and AtmosphereOpportunitiesEnergy and AtmosphereIncrease on-site renewable energy generationIncrease demand for off-site renewable energy generationReduce harmful “green house” gas emmissionsManage refrigerantsDevelop HVAC maintenance program to monitor and optimize energy use; add control systemEnsure occupant comfort (temperature)Provide proper ventilation and fresh air for occupants; reduce/eliminate poor air qualityEnergy Use in Commercial BuildingsU.S. Buildings Use:36 percent of total energy use and 65 percent of electricity consumption30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions30 percent of raw materials use30 percent of waste output (136 million tons annually)12 percent of potable water consumptionSource: U.S. Green Building CouncilSource: US DOE, 2010 Buildings Energy Data Book, Table 3.1.5
35Energy and Atmosphere Opportunities Reduce energy consumption (lighting, equipment, systems, phantom load, etc.)Increase on-site renewable energy generationIncrease demand for off-site renewable energy generationReduce harmful “green house” gas emmissionsManage refrigerantsDevelop HVAC maintenance program to monitor and optimize energy use; add control systemEnsure occupant comfort (temperature)Provide proper ventilation and fresh air for occupants; reduce/eliminate poor air quality
36Schools Need Tight Envelopes, too – Ask Don! Energy and AtmosphereStrategiesSchools Need Tight Envelopes, too – Ask Don!Energy and AtmosphereEnvelopeAir sealing to reduce leakage in building envelopeRoof replacement, attic repairsInsulation – roof, walls, choose quality based on scienceUpgrade and/or air seal windows and doors, can lights
37Energy and Atmosphere Strategies Lighting Upgrade to efficient indoor lighting and controlsProvide zone lighting and task lighting ; add motion sensorsIncrease daylighting; add windows; reconfigure offices for more daylightUpgrade to efficient outdoor lighting; choose long life products; control for security and timeExplore local alternative electricity suppliersBefore and after LED lighting upgrade
38∆ T (Delta T) = temp 1 - temp 2 1 therm = 100,000 BTU 1 watt = 1 ampere (amp) undera pressure of 1 voltFoot-Candle = how much lighta candle generates 1 foot awayLumen = amount of brightnesscoming from a light source1 horsepower = power neededto lift 550 lbs 1 foot in 1 secondTon of cooling = amount of cooling that would be provided by melting a ton of icePhantom load = electricity consumed by a device when it is turned off or in standby mode
39Energy and Atmosphere Strategies Mechanical Systems (HVAC, Boilers, Hot Water)Retro-Commission – Make sure systems are working like they are intended to work!Set back temperatures for low occupancy times and locationsProvide occupant-based controls (window, zoned thermostat)Use or update to programmable or automated control systemsUpgrade to high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment (and/or boilers), if needed; “right-size” equipment to building and occupantsUpgrade chillers, if needed; right-size
40Energy and Atmosphere Strategies Mechanical Systems Don has more stories:Meat Processing Plant4-year CollegeSchool BoilerMechanical SystemsUse electric motor controlsUpgrade hot water equipment, if needed; right-sizeInstall/upgrade proper ventilation system; include heat recoveryIMPORTANT - Train building operators!Building automation softwareSource: Ruyle Mechanical
41Powering CAT Visitor Center and Museum Energy and AtmosphereStrategiesEnergy and AtmospherePowering CAT Visitor Center and MuseumRenewablesInstall on-site renewable energy sources, like wind turbines and photovoltaic systemsInstall solar hot water systemPurchase renewable energy credits (RECs), available onlinePurchase products produced with renewable energy and recycled contentCAT, Peoria – PJ StarEureka, IL – PJ StarLondon, England
42Energy and Atmosphere Strategies Energy and Atmosphere Our Favorite: Work from Home!Occupant BehaviorHost training for employees on how to reduce energy consumption and why it mattersProvide occupant-controlled temperature zones and windowsProvide occupant-controlled task lightingTurn off lights when not neededUnplug unused electronicsTurn off computers while away/overnightUse stairs vs. elevators and automatic doorsSolar Gain: The increase in temperature in a space, object or structure resulting from solar radiation
43Net Zero Energy Buildings A “Net Zero” building has a net annual energy consumption of zero, measured by cost, energy, and/or carbon emissions. It may use off-site, conventional energy at times when it can’t produce enough on-site (off-the-grid) energy. It returns to the grid at least as much energy as it borrowed during a year.Designers are already working on “Energy Plus” buildings that produce a surplus of energy (and can return it to the grid).University of Illinois is constructing a new home for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering . The project is anticipated to achieve LEED Platinum certification and officials are striving for a net zero energy building. For more information, visit
44Materials and Resources OpportunitiesMaterials and ResourcesReduce waste from everyday operations, maintenance, and manufacturing processesReduce waste from construction/deconstructionDivert waste from landfillsReduce energy used to produce productsEstablish recycling programChoose local food sourcesManage waste streamChoose non-toxic materialsReduce disposal, supply costs and overall cost to do business
45Materials and Resources REDUCEREUSERECYCLEMaterials and ResourcesStrategiesMaterials and ResourcesDevelop waste stream management planTrain building operators and employeesProvide convenient access to recycling instructions and bins; consider co-mingled recyclingUse “eco-friendly” cleaning procedures and productsCompost food scrapsDevelop policy to purchase only (when possible) materials, foods, cleaning supplies that are: locally sourced, made with recycled content, made from rapidly renewable sources, and contain low or no VOCs or toxinsSource:RED LISTLiving Building Challenge
46Materials and Resources Recycling Recycling Works: A Toolkit for Reducing Waste in the Workplace (http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/green/documents/workrecyclingtoolkit.pdf)Illinois Recycling Association (www.illinoisrecycles.org)County/City Recycling Programs
47Materials and Resources Occupant BehaviorUse recycling bins at desk or near workReduce printing volume; duplexUse intranet, , electronic media to distribute news, presentations, etc.Reuse backside of paper for “scratch”Purchase supplies in bulk and according to policy (local, renewable content, low VOCs, etc)Evaluate processes to eliminate waste (by department, location, manufactured product, etc.)Choose reusable water bottles, coffee mugs, plates, utensils, office suppliesPut food scraps in compost binStrategiesMaterials and Resources
48Indoor Environmental Quality OpportunitiesIndoor Environmental QualityPrevent Legionnaire’s Disease. ASHRAE Legionella Standard188 in 3rd draft right nowImprove occupant health and safetyProvide occupants with fresh, clean airReduce or eliminate use of chemical pollutants, VOCs, toxinsNo stinky stuff! – human, VOC, biologicalReduce or eliminate air-borne particulates, contaminants, diseasePrevent moisture, humidity, condensation issuesReduce incidence of pests, mold, etc.Ensure occupants’ thermal comfortIncrease occupant access to daylight and viewsDevelop mechanical system monitoring programImprove productivity (and alertness)Give clients “eco-friendly” products and servicesReduce costs (insurance, absenteeism, mechanical)
49Indoor Environmental Quality StrategiesIndoor Environmental QualityMechanical SystemsDevelop/Maintain System ManagementPreventative maintenance – Continuous Monitoring!Replacement, upgradesUpgrade for automation and control systemsIECC 2010 as of January 1, 2013Proper temperature control; occupant controlsProvide Proper VentilationControl Air Flow, Pressures, Humidity, CO2 LevelsMaintain / Upgrade FiltrationAir Seal Envelope to Improve Mechanical Performance and Keep Out Critters, Allergens, etc.EPA’s IAQ Building, Education and Assessment Software Model(I-BEAM)
50Indoor Environmental Quality Air QualityAir Changes Per Hour = Total Volume of air in a building that is turned over in one hourDevelop Indoor Air Quality Management PlanFlush Out and/or Air TestingLimits of toxicologyMost studies done on animalsOccupational exposureAcute exposureLittle known about chemical “soups”Radon mitigationResources:Toxicology for Non-Toxicologist by Mark StelljesHealthy Building Network (www.healthybuilding.net)Pharos Project (www.pharosproject.net)
51Indoor Environmental Quality StrategiesIndoor Environmental QualityCleaning and PurchasingDevelop and use “green” cleaning procedures and productsEstablish purchasing policy that restricts products with known contaminants, VOCs, toxins – applies to office supplies, equipment, product parts, furnishings, anything that comes in the door!Living Building ChallengeRED LISTOccupant BehaviorReduce use of perfumes and lotions that could trigger allergiesPurchase “greener” office and cleaning supplies according to policyStay home when acutely ill; cover mouth and noseReport comfort issues immediately
52Innovation in Design or Operation and Regional Priorities Innovation / PrioritiesOpportunitiesand StrategiesInnovation in Design or Operation and Regional PrioritiesUT Dallas won the Innovation in Green Building Award for its LEED platinum Student Services building. Source:Spark collaboration among employees to develop innovative solutionsAddress regional issues and priorities, like preserving Illinois RiverResearch new technologies; attend training; network with businesses on regional concernsShare innovative solutions with othersBiomimicryImitating nature to create new human products and solutions
53Beauty, Equity, Education and Awareness Opportunities and StrategiesBeauty, Equity, Education and AwarenessAdd native landscaping, green areas, rain gardens (bioswales), and “eco” art to beautify the site and surrounding areaBeautify the work atmosphere with added daylight, task lighting, eco-friendly products and artProvide access to all employees to sustainability initiatives and programs; share knowledge, experiences with othersSpark collaboration to develop innovative solutionsDevelop education and awareness programs for employees, clients, community, schools
54#4 Implement #5 Measure and Monitor YOUR ACTION PLAN#4 ImplementMake sure everyone understands the plan before startingIncentives for participation, reaching goalsImpact AreaCurrent BaselineObjectiveStrategiesDept or TeamProjectStart / End DatesResultsFuture#5 Measure and MonitorRemember: Continuous Improvement Cycle!Foster and find new opportunities, ideas, innovationsContinue research; watch for best practicesDocument, document, document!Compare to benchmarks
55#5 Communicate Results Tell everyone! Post throughout business YOUR ACTION PLAN#5 Communicate ResultsWhoohoo!We did it!Tell everyone!Post throughout businessInclude in Annual Report to investors, publicPress Releases, news coverageIncorporate into marketing materialsAdd to packaging but be wary of “green washing” and over-promisingPresent at conferences; share case studyCelebrate!
56Incentives and Rebates Check for Local Financing ProgramsIncentives and RebatesCheck Private Sources, too
57Sustainable Buy-InGetting Buy-InGood news: More people on board, including building operators and CEOs; and there are many resources to helpEngage the owner/manager from the startStart small or choose low-hanging fruits that give big bang for buck, demonstrate successBuilding the Case:What are the things that create value to business? Align those things with sustainability measuresProve potential value; estimate, if needed, but use your research and dataLeverage the “neighbor’s” experience; use case studies, published articles, etc.Reduce risk for owner/managerPresent incentive and rebate options plus costs over life of building/projectTell a good story!Do Your Research and Share it!USGBC and GreenBiz have “Business Case” papers
58Address Hurdles, Barriers, Challenges Sustainable Buy-InAddress Hurdles, Barriers, ChallengesComplexity of implementing measures company-wide and across business activitiesStill some uncertainty of ROILack of funding is misconceptionHow can you afford NOT to implement sustainability measures?Costs should be applied to lifecycle of building or item, not just immediate payback.Other benefits insurance, health, productivityLack of education and awareness still out thereLack of time and human resourcesLack of skills to address sustainability issues
59More ResourcesDept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Energy and Recycling (www.illinoisenergy.org)US Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter (www.usgbc-illinois.org)Illinois Green Economy Network (www.igencc.org)Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (www.sedac.org)ActOnEnergy® (www.actonenergy.com)Global Warming Solutions Group of Central IL (www.gwsolutionsgroup.org)Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.state.il.us)Illinois Recycling Association (American Institute of Architects, Central IL Chapter (www.aiaci.org)Illinois Solar Energy Association (www.illinoissolar.org)Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs – Illinois Wind (www.illinoiswind.org)Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (www.illinoiscleanenergy.org)
60More ResourcesCatch a “Green” FlickGreen Mechanical Association (www.greenmechanical.org)EPA Water Sense (www.epa.gov/watersense)Healthy Building Network (www.healthbuilding.net)Green For All (www.greenforall.org)U.S. DOE EnergyPlus Simulation Software (http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/energyplus/)Green Biz (www.greenbiz.com)Advocacy organization for sustainability leadership (www.ceres.org)Bob Willard author, speaker (www.sustainabilityadvantage.com)Many, many more!
61Pssst . . . Earth Day is April 22, 2013 Thank You! Take that Step!