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Executive Survey: Sustainability Important, But More Needs to Be Done

Executive Survey: Sustainability Important, But More Needs to Be Done

Executives increasingly see sustainability as an important aspect of their business, but implementing it as a priority throughout their organizations represents a challenge for many, according to a survey by McKinsey & Company. When asked about their companies’ reasons for pursuing sustainability in previous surveys, executives cited cost cutting or reputation … Read more »

Timberland, Bassett Cut Costs, Emissions with LED Lighting Retrofits

Retail stores such as Timberland and Basset Home Furnishings are realizing the cost and environmental benefits of switching from traditional store lighting to LED lights. The Timberland Company has saved approximately $100,000 in electricity costs ten months after it partnered with Eco-Story to develop LED lighting track lights for its … Read more »

Greenbuild Roundup Day 2: Green Buildings Yield Substantial Financial Benefits

Greenbuild Roundup Day 2: Green Buildings Yield Substantial Financial Benefits

Owners of sustainably managed buildings expect a four percent higher return on investment (ROI), five percent increases in building value and occupancy, eight percent lower operating costs, and a one percent rise in rental income, according to a new report released at the Greenbuild conference by McGraw-Hill Construction, CB Richard … Read more »

Wal-Mart, Walgreens Tackle Energy Use

Retail chains like Wal-Mart and Walgreens are working to reduce energy use as part of their overall business strategy to cut operational costs. In these cases, Wal-Mart Puerto Rico has opted to transition its parking lot lighting to LED technology, while Walgreens has installed a geothermal system. The Food Marketing … Read more »

New 100% Recyclable Packaging Reduces Damage, Cuts Costs

As many businesses embrace sustainable packaging options, FoldedPak offers a new 100-percent recyclable packaging material that also is reducing product damage and cutting costs for shippers of fragile products including semiconductors, medical equipment, veterinary and medical supplies, lighting fixtures, dinnerware and office supplies. The new material can be used to … Read more »

PGS Data Center Delivers Cost Savings of Nearly $1M

Petroleum Geo-Services’ (PGS) new data center in Weybridge, Surrey, UK, has achieved a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.17, which rivals some of the best results in the industry including Google, reports Greenbang. Legacy data center cooling systems average a PUE of 2.25, according to the Uptime Institute. The data … Read more »

Smyrna Rexall Installs 30-kW Solar Roof System

The Smyrna Rexall in Smyrna, Tennessee, decided to install solar panels on the roof of its retail store when its electricity bill doubled after moving its business into a bigger space, reports The Daily News Journal. The 30-kilowatt system is expected to supply all of the store’s electricity use per … Read more »

California Farms Adopt Solar for Energy Savings

While numerous California wineries and vineyards have embraced solar energy as a way to cut their environmental footprint and reduce energy costs, crop farmers including a cooperative in Sutter Basin are starting to realize the cost-saving benefits of renewable energy. The federal government is also making moves to help farmers … Read more »

Networking Providers Tout the Virtues of Virtualization

Companies such as Cisco and F5 Networks say virtualization can offer significant energy and cost savings, while reducing carbon footprint, reports TMCnet.com. Since virtualization allows multiple applications to run on a single server, it significantly reduces the amount of hardware needed, thus reducing energy consumption and lowering the cost of … Read more »

Smart Grid Presents Opportunities in Cost Savings, Power Reliability, Energy Optimization

Utilities, commercial businesses and other organizations have the opportunity to spur the development of a U.S. smart grid, which is expected to deliver significant energy and cost savings. A smart grid is the right decision to meet both social responsibility and economic business objectives, according to Dave Hardin, Invensys Operations … Read more »

Macy’s Cuts GHG Emissions, Transportation Costs

Macy’s and Schneider National have achieved significant green benefits including the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and cost savings by using a new system to keep trucks from traveling empty, according to a case study. The Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions (VICS) Association, GS1 Canada and GS1 US released the … Read more »

Limited Brands Lighting Retrofit Cuts Warehouse Energy 50%

Through an extensive lighting retrofit, Limited Brands Inc. has cut its energy consumption by 50 percent in five distribution centers at its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. By installing energy-efficient lighting, the company expects to save about $775,000 annually in energy and maintenance costs across 3.5-million-square feet of facilities. The company … Read more »