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Navigating A Path To Sustainability

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Energy, Environment, Professional Development

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Published on February 05, 2010 with No Comments

"Bottom-Line Sustainability for Business" report from ESI

Economic pressures, cap and trade legislation, and other economic drivers are forcing companies of all sizes toward efficiencies to improve the bottom line. Environmental Systems, Inc. (ESI), a commercial and industrial building systems integrator headquartered in Brookfield, WI, recently released an independently researched study aimed at helping executives responsible for financial and operational performance sort through sustainability information, understand trends, and visualize what is possible.

“Companies of all sizes and types are looking for ways to control operating costs, including energy, personnel, facility and maintenance,” ESI President Paul Oswald said. “The good news is that the benefits derived from reducing operating costs have a direct positive impact on creating a more sustainable business.”

The study, “Bottom-Line Sustainability for Business,”  covers reduced operating costs to improved productivity as it relates to building performance and security, energy efficiency, pending legislation, information technology, sustainability, innovation, and integration of systems.

“The difficulty for many businesses is a lack of understanding in how to get started on a path to reduce costs and improve sustainability,” Oswald says. “Making sense of it all and determining what is relevant to reducing costs are not easy tasks.”

This is demonstrated by results from a study conducted by Moskowitz Jacobs, Inc. In interviews conducted with 450 CEOs, CFOs, and senior management, it was found that:

  • 87% have room to improve on energy management.
  • 74% do not have a handle on energy cost.
  • 59% are not well positioned in-house to control energy and improve operational efficiency.
  • 49% are seeking ways to optimize energy usage.

ESI commissioned independent researchers to compile the study, which  contains insights from industry experts, including:

  • Schneider Electric, EVP, Chris Curtis
  • Quad Graphics, Director, Joe Muehlbach
  • GE Medical, IT, Kerry Malland
  • Sustainability Expert, Paul Ehrlich

“Bottom-Line Sustainability for Business” can be downloaded on the ESI homepage (Look for cover image at left. Registration required.)

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at schwartz@groupc.com.

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