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1 Greening Your Business 101 Turning your Business into a High Performance Green Machine DIOSH Day 2013 Don Howerter, LEED AP O&M Ruyle Mechanical Services, Inc Ginger Johnson, LEED GA TRICON / Simply Ag Services Sustainability Green Health and Safety

2 2 Defining Green Why it Matters Navigating Green Your Action Plan Opportunities and Strategies Incentives Getting Buy-In More Resources 50 Minutes to Kick Start Your Next Green Step Ready to Go! Just Scratching the Surface Today

3 3 DIOSH Green Participants What Does Green Mean to You?

4 4 Defining Green Green Sustainability Energy 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, CFLs and LEDs, Recycling, Saving Money, More Productivity, Helping the Planet, Slowing Global Warming, Being Responsible to Future Generations... Its indefinable From Armory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute

5 5 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 Report 1 Its improving the quality of life for all within the capacity of nature From Paul Hawken, renowned author, speaker, and environmentalist Sustainability Defining Green 1 World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED). Our common future. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987 p. 43. Just Say No to Green Washing

6 ENVIRONMENTAL Natural Resource Use Env. Management Pollution Prevention (air, water, land, waste) ECONOMIC Profit Cost Savings Economic Growth R & D SOCIAL Standard of Living Education Community Equal Opportunity Viable Energy Efficiency Incentives Bearable Justice Stewardship Equitable Ethics / Rights Fair Trade The Triple Bottom Line Adapted from University of Michigan 2002 and others

7 7 Defining Green What is a Green or Sustainable Business? Better People Better Performance Better Products Better Environment Better Business

8 8 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. 1 Defining Green 1 Delta Institute, Sustainability & Certification, certification (2013). Delta Institute:

9 9 BIG Picture Why it Matters This Might Be a Little Extreme... Attitudes have Changed Part of Something Bigger Part of the Solution Responsibility to Care for our Planet – Its Where We Live, Work and Play! Climate Change Resource Depletion Air / Water Pollution Wildlife Impact Green Jobs

10 10 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... The American Dream Why it Matters INDOORS WORK We 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.

11 Hoax or not... Green is good for YOU and BUSINESS and PLANET!

12 12 Enhance Comfort Ensure Safety Improve Health Increase Productivity Reduce Waste Reduce Pollution, Green House Gas Emissions Conserve Energy, Water, Natural Resources Lower Operating Costs Increase Asset Value Reduce Risk Get Incentives, Rebates For Business, Sustainability Can: Why it Matters Boost the Bottom Line Generate Positive Image Attract Tenants, Workers, Customers Beautify Building & Area Spark Collaboration Foster Happiness Help the Planet It Matters to our Neighbors

13 13 Contribute to: Comfort management Proper illumination in and out Clean water supply Stormwater management Materials and supplies HAZMAT regulations, handling IEQ standards, monitoring, contaminants, etc. Healthy environments Pollution control Ongoing monitoring and maintenance of measures Role of the Safety and Health Professional in Sustainability Why it Matters You Have Passion and Expertise! Valuable to Planning and Implementation Process Understand Needs of Employees AND Need for Cost Efficiency Opportunity to Improve Safety and Health for Employees and Others Perhaps... Present at DIOSH Day about your success!

14 14 Navigating Ratings, Certifications, Standards, Codes, Guidelines No Shortage of Models! Name, Interests, Politics Can be Difficult and Time-Consuming for Consumers to Find, Learn, Implement Still Sorting out Models, but Emerging Leaders Narrow Your Focus? Need a Plaque? Go Beyond Code? Navigating Green Tips to Navigating: Dont be Afraid to Ask! Look for State, Local and Federal Government Recommendations Look for Incentive & Code Requirements Check Local and State Training Entities Leverage Environmental Organizations Read Reviews Ask for Credentials

15 15 Rating Systems Navigating Green LEED® Rating System by U.S. Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org)www.usgbc.org ENERGY STAR ® Buildings and Products by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Dept of Energy (www.energystar.gov)www.energystar.gov Green Globes by Green Building Initiative (www.greenglobes.com, Living Building Challenge by International Living Future Institute (www.living- future.org)www.living- future.org BPI Rating System by Building Performance Institute, Inc. (www.bpi.org)www.bpi.org BOMA 360 Performance Program ® by BOMA International (www.boma.org/360)www.boma.org/360 Yikes - Over 100 rating systems out there!

16 16 GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified ® program for low-emitting/low- VOC products (www.greenguard.org)www.greenguard.org Forest Stewardship Council certifies products from responsibly managed forests (www.us.fsc.org)www.us.fsc.org Green Seal ® certifies products, services, companies (www.greenseal.org)www.greenseal.org ACEEEs Green Book ® green car ratings (www.greencars.org)www.greencars.org Pharos Project evaluates, certifies materials (www.pharosproject.net)www.pharosproject.net Rating Systems Navigating Green

17 17 International Energy Efficiency Code ® and International Green Construction Code, plus guides by International Code Council ® (www.iccsafe.org)www.iccsafe.org ASHRAE standards for indoor environments, refrigeration plus guides (www.ashrae.org)www.ashrae.org Building Energy Codes Program, U.S. Dept. of Energy, codes and standards, assistance to states (www.energycodes.gov)www.energycodes.gov ICC 700 National Green Building Standard by NAHB (www.nahb.org) and ICC (www.iccsafe.org)www.nahb.orgwww.iccsafe.org IL DECO Bureau of Energy & Recycling (www.illinoisenergy.org)www.illinoisenergy.org ANSI (www.ansi.org) and ISO (www.iso.org)www.ansi.orgwww.iso.org Codes, Standards, Guidelines Navigating Green

18 18 Company, Department, You, Starting Small OK No Guilt – not all at same stage Choose Focus or Priorities Early Dont have to Reinvent Wheel Do it Together Make it Fun Take a Step Navigating to Planning Go 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 Mobile Action!

19 19 YOUR ACTION PLAN 1 United Nations, UN Global Compact Management Model, Compact_Management_Model.pdf (Published 2010, Accessed 2013). Compact_Management_Model.pdf Many Examples Available – Based on Strategic Business Planning Models Use Continuous Improvement Cycle Similar to Your Plans for Safety and Health Common Strategic Areas across Models and Rating Systems [1] Action Plan

20 20 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 client Identify primary contact person and location of information Establish regular meeting time #1 Make a Commitment YOUR ACTION PLAN Create Preliminary Action Steps, Timeline Be Flexible, Expect Surprises, Challenges Be Prepared to Narrow Focus to Fit Time and Resources Communicate your Commitment Foster Collaboration, Innovation Create a Buzz! Have Fun!

21 Good News... It Matters to CEOs

22 22 #2 Know What You Have YOUR ACTION PLAN How can you fix what you dont 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, Interests List Past Complaints, Known Problems Conduct Walk-Thru with OPEN EYES!

23 23 Gather Information and Statistics Utility Usage Waste Stream Employees Mechanical Systems Water, Stormwater Resources for Data Collection ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Data Collection Worksheet (www.energystar.gov)www.energystar.gov Local/Regional Utility and Waste Companies IL DCEO Bureau of Energy and Recycling (www.illinoisenergy.org)www.illinoisenergy.org US Energy Information Administration, Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (www.eia.gov) AND Building Benchmarking (www.buildingbenchmarks.com)www.eia.govwww.buildingbenchmarks.com #2 Know What You Have YOUR ACTION PLAN Consumables and Cleaning Supplies Other Furnishings, Equipment Insurance, Other Expenses Manufacturing Processes Pests, Mold, Condensation, Ewww Stuff Im going to get you!

24 24 Bring in the Professionals Energy Audit Waste Audit IAQ Testing Water Testing Mechanical System Assessment Retro-Commissioning Compile into Benchmark Reference Note Emerging Priorities Update Statistics, Conduct Follow-Up Surveys #2 Know What You Have YOUR ACTION PLAN

25 25 How much Engagement and Support from Employees, Owners? Initial Investment Availability Look at Case Studies, Tour Other Offices / Projects Attend Introductory Seminars Leverage Professional Results #3 Know Your Options YOUR ACTION PLAN Consider Everything! Potential Savings Over Life of Building Available Incentives Employee Productivity and Health Savings Waste Stream Savings Product Cost Savings Marketing – Business Seen as Part of the Solution That Pill is Just a Mirage. You are Still Sleepy.

26 26 Priorities and Scope SMART Goals Timeline and Milestones Who is Doing What, When and How? IMPORTANT: Communicate the Plan and Engage Everyone Include Continuous Improvement Process #4 Create the Plan YOUR ACTION PLAN Use professionals, rating systems, case studies, to identify STRATEGIES to achieve goals...

27 27 Combined From LEED ®, Living Building Challenge, and Others Opportunities and Strategies Sustainable Sites Water Efficiency Energy and Atmosphere Innovation and Regional Priorities Materials and Resources Indoor Environmental Quality Equity, Beauty, Education and Awareness Rating Systems and Guidelines for Various Types: Existing Buildings, New Construction, Schools, Homes, Neighborhoods, Manufacturing...

28 28 Sustainable Sites Opportunities Create/maintain safe building exterior and property that preserves surrounding ecosystem Reduce water consumption and runoff Reduce heat-island effect Reduce dependency on single- occupancy autos Encourage outdoor human activity Reduce chemicals, control erosion, use native plants in landscaping Reduce light pollution while preserving safety and security Create areas for wildlife habitat Novus International Headquarters Campus, St. Louis, MO. Learn more about this project and others at Keep Water on the Site!

29 Image Source: Heat Island Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Heat Island Effect According 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.

30 30 Sustainable Sites Strategies Eliminate and/or substitute harmful chemicals in paints, sealants, fertilizers, pesticides, etc. Manage Stormwater: install bioswales, use native landscaping, erosion control, reduce runoff Capture water (rainwater, gutters) for irrigation; reuse grey water Upgrade exterior illumination to limit nighttime pollution, disruption of wildlife, maintain safety and security Implement car-pooling programs Upgrade parking, walkways to porous surfaces; reduce use of traditional asphalt and concrete Install green roof Xeriscaping landscaping that reduces or eliminates need for irrigation Green Roof: Reduce Heat Island Effect

31 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 citys Pilsen neighborhood. In addition to new pedestrian and bicycle features, the innovative new street surface will filter stormwater, helping to prevent the citys 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 www.inhabit.com The Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, Illinois, opened in It employed several sustainable site strategies and ultimately achieved LEED Gold certification.

32 32 Reduce indoor water consumption Reduce outdoor/irrigation water consumption, especially of potable water Capture and reuse grey water when possible Reduce black waste water; reduce burden on building, site, treatment, and natural systems Lower water bills Water Efficiency Opportunities Are You Thirsty for More? Q: How much water is saved per flush with a high-efficiency toilet? A: 2.2 to 5.7 gal Q: Between 1950 and 2000, the US population grew by 89%; how much has our water use grown in the same period? A: 200% Nice Drug- and Water- Dependent Green Rug, eh?

33 33 Install low-flow toilets, showers, appliances Manage cooling towers to reduce water use; also relates to chemical and bacterial contamination and control issues Capture rainwater and use for irrigation; reuse grey water in toilets Monitor water usage regularly; upgrade meters Occupant Behavior Provide training to occupants on ways to reduce water consumption and why it matters Use leftover (from drinking) water for plants instead of pouring down drain Turn off faucets while not in use Report and fix leaking faucets, toilets immediately Water Efficiency Strategies

34 34 Reduce energy consumption (lighting, equipment, systems, phantom load, etc.) Energy and Atmosphere Opportunities Increase on-site renewable energy generation Increase demand for off-site renewable energy generation Reduce harmful green house gas emmissions Manage refrigerants Develop HVAC maintenance program to monitor and optimize energy use; add control system Ensure occupant comfort (temperature) Provide proper ventilation and fresh air for occupants; reduce/eliminate poor air quality Source: US DOE, 2010 Buildings Energy Data Book, Table Energy Use in Commercial Buildings U.S. Buildings Use: 36 percent of total energy use and 65 percent of electricity consumption 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent of raw materials use 30 percent of waste output (136 million tons annually) 12 percent of potable water consumption Source: U.S. Green Building Council

35 35 Energy and Atmosphere Opportunities Reduce energy consumption (lighting, equipment, systems, phantom load, etc.) Increase on-site renewable energy generation Increase demand for off-site renewable energy generation Reduce harmful green house gas emmissions Manage refrigerants Develop HVAC maintenance program to monitor and optimize energy use; add control system Ensure occupant comfort (temperature) Provide proper ventilation and fresh air for occupants; reduce/eliminate poor air quality

36 36 Envelope Air sealing to reduce leakage in building envelope Roof replacement, attic repairs Insulation – roof, walls, choose quality based on science Upgrade and/or air seal windows and doors, can lights Energy and Atmosphere Strategies Schools Need Tight Envelopes, too – Ask Don!

37 37 Lighting Upgrade to efficient indoor lighting and controls Provide zone lighting and task lighting ; add motion sensors Increase daylighting; add windows; reconfigure offices for more daylight Upgrade to efficient outdoor lighting; choose long life products; control for security and time Explore local alternative electricity suppliers Energy and Atmosphere Strategies Before and after LED lighting upgrade

38 T (Delta T) = temp 1 - temp 2 1 therm = 100,000 BTU 1 watt = 1 ampere (amp) under a pressure of 1 volt Foot-Candle = how much light a candle generates 1 foot away Lumen = amount of brightness coming from a light source 1 horsepower = power needed to lift 550 lbs 1 foot in 1 second Ton of cooling = amount of cooling that would be provided by melting a ton of ice Phantom load = electricity consumed by a device when it is turned off or in standby mode

39 39 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 locations Provide occupant-based controls (window, zoned thermostat) Use or update to programmable or automated control systems Upgrade to high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment (and/or boilers), if needed; right-size equipment to building and occupants Upgrade chillers, if needed; right-size Energy and Atmosphere Strategies

40 40 Mechanical Systems Use electric motor controls Upgrade hot water equipment, if needed; right-size Install/upgrade proper ventilation system; include heat recovery IMPORTANT - Train building operators! Energy and Atmosphere Strategies Don has more stories: Meat Processing Plant 4-year College School Boiler Building automation software Source: Ruyle Mechanical

41 41 Renewables Install on-site renewable energy sources, like wind turbines and photovoltaic systems Install solar hot water system Purchase renewable energy credits (RECs), available online Purchase products produced with renewable energy and recycled content Energy and Atmosphere Strategies Powering CAT Visitor Center and Museum Eureka, IL – PJ Star London, England CAT, Peoria – PJ Star

42 42 Energy and Atmosphere Strategies Occupant Behavior Host training for employees on how to reduce energy consumption and why it matters Provide occupant-controlled temperature zones and windows Provide occupant-controlled task lighting Turn off lights when not needed Unplug unused electronics Turn off computers while away/overnight Use stairs vs. elevators and automatic doors Our Favorite: Work from Home! Solar Gain: The increase in temperature in a space, object or structure resulting from solar radiation

43 Net 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 cant 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

44 44 Reduce waste from everyday operations, maintenance, and manufacturing processes Reduce waste from construction/deconstruction Divert waste from landfills Reduce energy used to produce products Establish recycling program Choose local food sources Manage waste stream Choose non-toxic materials Reduce disposal, supply costs and overall cost to do business Materials and Resources Opportunities

45 45 Develop waste stream management plan Train building operators and employees Provide convenient access to recycling instructions and bins; consider co-mingled recycling Use eco-friendly cleaning procedures and products Compost food scraps Develop 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 toxins Materials and Resources Strategies Source: REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE RED LIST Living Building Challenge

46 46 Recycling Works: A Toolkit for Reducing Waste in the Workplace (http://www2.illinois.gov/go v/green/documents/workr ecyclingtoolkit.pdf)http://www2.illinois.gov/go v/green/documents/workr ecyclingtoolkit.pdf Illinois Recycling Association (www.illinoisrecycles.org)www.illinoisrecycles.org County/City Recycling Programs Materials and Resources Recycling Materials and Resources

47 47 Occupant Behavior Use recycling bins at desk or near work Reduce printing volume; duplex Use 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 supplies Put food scraps in compost bin Materials and Resources Strategies

48 48 Improve occupant health and safety Provide occupants with fresh, clean air Reduce or eliminate use of chemical pollutants, VOCs, toxins No stinky stuff! – human, VOC, biological Reduce or eliminate air-borne particulates, contaminants, disease Prevent moisture, humidity, condensation issues Reduce incidence of pests, mold, etc. Ensure occupants thermal comfort Increase occupant access to daylight and views Develop mechanical system monitoring program Improve productivity (and alertness) Give clients eco-friendly products and services Reduce costs (insurance, absenteeism, mechanical) Indoor Environmental Quality Opportunities Prevent Legionnaires Disease. ASHRAE Legionella Standard188 in 3 rd draft right now

49 49 Mechanical Systems Develop/Maintain System Management Preventative maintenance – Continuous Monitoring! Replacement, upgrades Upgrade for automation and control systems IECC 2010 as of January 1, 2013 Proper temperature control; occupant controls Provide Proper Ventilation Control Air Flow, Pressures, Humidity, CO2 Levels Maintain / Upgrade Filtration Air Seal Envelope to Improve Mechanical Performance and Keep Out Critters, Allergens, etc. Indoor Environmental Quality Strategies EPAs IAQ Building, Education and Assessment Software Model (I-BEAM)

50 50 Develop Indoor Air Quality Management Plan Flush Out and/or Air Testing Limits of toxicology Most studies done on animals Occupational exposure Acute exposure Little known about chemical soups Radon mitigation Resources: Toxicology for Non-Toxicologist by Mark Stelljes Healthy Building Network (www.healthybuilding.net)www.healthybuilding.net Pharos Project (www.pharosproject.net)www.pharosproject.net Indoor Environmental Quality Air Quality Air Changes Per Hour = Total Volume of air in a building that is turned over in one hour

51 51 Cleaning and Purchasing Develop and use green cleaning procedures and products Establish purchasing policy that restricts products with known contaminants, VOCs, toxins – applies to office supplies, equipment, product parts, furnishings, anything that comes in the door! Indoor Environmental Quality Strategies Occupant Behavior Reduce use of perfumes and lotions that could trigger allergies Purchase greener office and cleaning supplies according to policy Stay home when acutely ill; cover mouth and nose Report comfort issues immediately Living Building Challenge RED LIST

52 52 Spark collaboration among employees to develop innovative solutions Address regional issues and priorities, like preserving Illinois River Research new technologies; attend training; network with businesses on regional concerns Share innovative solutions with others Innovation in Design or Operation and Regional Priorities Innovation / Priorities Opportunities and Strategies UT Dallas won the Innovation in Green Building Award for its LEED platinum Student Services building. Source: Biomimicry Imitating nature to create new human products and solutions

53 53 Add native landscaping, green areas, rain gardens (bioswales), and eco art to beautify the site and surrounding area Beautify the work atmosphere with added daylight, task lighting, eco-friendly products and art Provide access to all employees to sustainability initiatives and programs; share knowledge, experiences with others Spark collaboration to develop innovative solutions Develop education and awareness programs for employees, clients, community, schools Beauty, Equity, Education and Awareness Beauty, Equity, Education Opportunities and Strategies

54 54 Make sure everyone understands the plan before starting Incentives for participation, reaching goals #4 Implement YOUR ACTION PLAN #5 Measure and Monitor Remember: Continuous Improvement Cycle! Foster and find new opportunities, ideas, innovations Continue research; watch for best practices Document, document, document! Compare to benchmarks Impact Area Current Baseline ObjectiveStrategies Dept or Team Project Start / End Dates Results Future

55 55 Tell everyone! Post throughout business Include in Annual Report to investors, public Press Releases, news coverage Incorporate into marketing materials Add to packaging but be wary of green washing and over-promising Present at conferences; share case study Celebrate! #5 Communicate Results YOUR ACTION PLAN Whoohoo! We did it!

56 Incentives and Rebates Incentives Check for Local Financing Programs Check Private Sources, too

57 57 Good news: More people on board, including building operators and CEOs; and there are many resources to help Engage the owner/manager from the start Start small or choose low-hanging fruits that give big bang for buck, demonstrate success Building the Case: What are the things that create value to business? Align those things with sustainability measures Prove potential value; estimate, if needed, but use your research and data Leverage the neighbors experience; use case studies, published articles, etc. Reduce risk for owner/manager Present incentive and rebate options plus costs over life of building/project Tell a good story! Getting Buy-In Sustainable Buy-In USGBC and GreenBiz have Business Case papers Do Your Research and Share it!

58 58 Complexity of implementing measures company- wide and across business activities Still some uncertainty of ROI Lack of funding is misconception How 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, productivity Lack of education and awareness still out there Lack of time and human resources Lack of skills to address sustainability issues Address Hurdles, Barriers, Challenges Sustainable Buy-In

59 59 Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Energy and Recycling (www.illinoisenergy.org)www.illinoisenergy.org US Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter (www.usgbc- illinois.org)www.usgbc- illinois.org Illinois Green Economy Network (www.igencc.org)www.igencc.org Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (www.sedac.org)www.sedac.org ActOnEnergy ® (www.actonenergy.com)www.actonenergy.com Global Warming Solutions Group of Central IL (www.gwsolutionsgroup.org)www.gwsolutionsgroup.org Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.state.il.us)www.epa.state.il.us Illinois Recycling Association ( American Institute of Architects, Central IL Chapter (www.aiaci.org)www.aiaci.org Illinois Solar Energy Association (www.illinoissolar.org)www.illinoissolar.org Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs – Illinois Wind (www.illinoiswind.org)www.illinoiswind.org Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (www.illinoiscleanenergy.org)www.illinoiscleanenergy.org More Resources

60 60 More Resources Green Mechanical Association (www.greenmechanical.org)www.greenmechanical.org EPA Water Sense (www.epa.gov/watersense)www.epa.gov/watersense Healthy Building Network (www.healthbuilding.net)www.healthbuilding.net Green For All (www.greenforall.org)www.greenforall.org U.S. DOE EnergyPlus Simulation Software (http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/energyplus/)http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/energyplus/ Green Biz (www.greenbiz.com)www.greenbiz.com Advocacy organization for sustainability leadership (www.ceres.org)www.ceres.org Bob Willard author, speaker (www.sustainabilityadvantage.com)www.sustainabilityadvantage.com Many, many more! Catch a Green Flick

61 61 Thank You! Take that Step! Pssst... Earth Day is April 22, 2013


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