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Office Depot’s $8 Million Lighting Retrofit

Office Depot is reducing their energy use by making numerous energy efficiency investments, including a lighting retrofit project.

The company is de-lamping one out of every three bulbs in tens of thousands of fixtures across more than 1,000 stores, and adding reflectors to the remaining two bulbs to maintain light output. The $8 million project garnered an 84 percent internal rate of return.

Other measures implemented by Office Depot include adding motion detectors in warehouses, upgrading heating and ventilation, and centrally controlling energy with an energy management system.

These efforts certainly paid off, with the company reducing their electricity use from 625,000 MWh in 2007 to 433,000 MWh in 2011 – a 31 percent drop. With the reduction in electricity costs, Office Depot will save about $10 million across all their stores in the U.S.

Source: Energy Manager Today

 

By Gaylen Davenport

Corporate Sustainability in Ten Steps

Corporate sustainability is not for the weak of heart. In fact, making the switch to energy efficiency does take a certain amount of commitment to the project and its future benefits. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

Here is a simple, straightforward and effective approach, developed by Yudelson Associates, to create corporate sustainability in your business.

1. Setting the Vision: where do you want sustainability to take your company?

2. The Task Force: develop a group that will work to make that vision happen.

3. Examining Green Options: what should your company do?

4. Adopting Sustainability Initiatives: make choices and move forward.

5. Staffing the Green Initiative: who’s going to do the work? Often, someone needs to be hired.

6. Internal Education and Training: a commitment to educating and training the staff is key.

7. Green Building: long-term sustainability can be dependent on your building, and should be reworked so that green becomes the norm.

8. Green Operations: the property management side can include negotiating recycling contracts, investments on property, and conducting a host of other activities.

9. Communications: effective communication is key in telling the story of your green initiatives.

10. Continuous Improvement: “ongoing corporate sustainability is about continuous improvement, using environmental and energy metrics.”

Corporate sustainability is a long-term commitment. And while there is plenty of work involved, with the right vision, projects, and partners any company can appreciate the rewards and benefits.

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