Based in Overland Park, Sprint has become the first telecommunications company to join the Better Buildings Program, a federal program to help commercial and industrial buildings become at least 20 percent more efficient over the next decade.
The Better Buildings Challenge began in 2011 after the U.S. Department of Energy found that the U.S. spends about $200 billion to power commercial buildings – and another $200 billion to power industrial facilities.
Sprint has secured five percent of its total energy use from renewable energy – including wind, solar, geothermal, and hydrogen fuel cells. The company is seeking to reduce their energy consumption by 20 percent by 2017.
"As the first telecommunications company to join the program, Sprint looks forward to learning from the other program participants and contributing its own best practices," Ralph Reid, vice president of corporate responsibility for Sprint, said in a statement.
Source: Kansas City Business Journal