Global warming, water quality, air pollution, and landfills. Not a typical to-do list for another day at the office, but every workday each of us makes hundreds of decisions that affect all of these issues. Many of these choices are tiny—whether to toss an outdated report in the trash or in the recycling bin. Others are more substantial—whether to install a high-efficiency cooling unit for the building. In every case, though, the decisions make a difference for better or worse. The ITW BCG Green initiative promotes decisions that help address these problems. First, it is important that we gain an understanding of the issues. Second, we must present a business case for greening our office. Third, create a systematic framework to support the program. This would require:
Proposal (9 hours a day 5 days a week or 254 days):
53 computers with 2 monitors on 9 hrs: $ 2,837
21 laptops with 1 monitor on 9 hrs: $ 554
58 cubicle with lights on 9 hrs: $ 1,034
Total proposed cost per year: $ 4,426
Savings per year: $12,098
KWs saved per year: 82,249
Reduction of carbon footprint: 64.24 Tons CO 2
ITWBCG Green Initiative One time cost to get savings is the purchase of surge protectors $4,828 Surge protector : Isobar IB8RM Surge Protector with a remote OFF/ON Switch. This allows the surge protector to be on the floor while the OFF/ON switch is desk level. Cost per unit $65.24
Car emissions are calculated by dividing the miles driven by the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. This number is then multiplied by the CO 2 emissions coefficient, 19.36 lbs CO 2 /gallon of gasoline, and then divided by 2204.6 lbs/metric ton to obtain the tons of CO 2 emitted from car travel.
CO 2 Emissions ( tons) Based on total miles for the year = 196.2 tons
By car pooling the assumption was made we would reduce emissions by 2/3.
CO 2 Emissions (tons) Based on total miles for the year car pooling = 65.4 tons
According to the research by two BYU professors, employees on the alternative schedule were happier with their job, compensation and benefits, and they were also less likely to seek work elsewhere. One important aspect of the study, Facer said, was employees' perceptions that the work week took less time away from the family and personal interests.
Company image with our customers:
An innovative company, in step with the marketplace and the world in which it does business, must be seen by its customers as doing its part in helping our environment. When asked by a customer what we are doing to reduce our carbon footprint, we can point with pride to the steps we are taking. We must strive for a well-rounded image with the companies we deal with, as a supplier of goods and services, responsive both to the customer and to our environment.
ITWBCG Green Initiative Resources: General http://www.epa.gov/ Environmental Protection Agency http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/ Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Energy Efficiency http://www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us/ State Energy Conservation Office http://www.texasefficiency.com/ Save Money http://www.eere.energy.gov/ US Dept of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Recycling http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/assistance/P2Recycle/rtol/rtol.html Texas recycling Carpool – Sites for finding people interested in carpooling http://www.erideshare.com/ http://www.ridester.com/ Going Green http://planetgreen.discovery.com/go-green/green-work/index.html Carbon Footprint http://www.carbonfootprint.com/ One of many sites where you can calculate carbon footprint