Implementing energy-efficient policies and practices in a business isn’t just about conserving electricity and water or achieving the next rung on a rating system. Rather, for many businesses, these strategies go to the core of a company’s mission. Such is the case with many big contractors such as DPR Construction, www.dpr.com, Redwood City, Calif. But are your technology providers as focused on efficiency?
In addition to green practices at construction companies, many technology providers also have a commitment to environmental sustainability as well.
Bentley Systems, www.bentley.com, Exton, Pa., is one prime example. Amy Mussen, corporate environmental officer, Bentley Systems, says that sustaining the environment isn’t just a corporate program at Bentley; it is part of the company’s mission.
In the past five years, the company has launched public transit and bike-to-work programs, adopted virtual meeting technology to reduce business travel, implemented green procurement policies, and much more. Early this year, Bentley Systems also joined 30 other U.S. employers in the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s, www.energy.gov, Washington, D.C., Workplace Charging Challenge for Plug-in Electric Vehicle. Bentley’s first charging station will be installed in its Huntsville, Ala., office.
The result of its efforts is the company has been able to reduce its per capital carbon footprint 24% and recycle more than 27 tons of electronics.
Earlier this month, the company also received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, www.usgbc.org, Washington, D.C., for its newly renovated office in London. This same building achieved BREEAM “Very Good” certification last year, which is the primary green building rating system in the United Kingdom.
For Bentley, sustainability isn’t just an internal practice. The company is also partnering with organizations in Greater Philadelphia to develop sustainability projects that combine its software with active community engagement. These projects are in conjunction with preparations for the GreenBuild Conference in November.
What are you doing to improve sustainability within your business? Have you incorporated practices and policies into your company’s core culture and mission statement? Time will tell how the construction industry responds to sustainability initiatives, but for now one thing is for sure: ‘Green’ isn’t just a passing fad.