Case Study

Carbon Footprint

Reducing your business’ “Carbon Footprint” is more than just a goal it is a necessity.

 

Environmental Strategic Planning Small Changes Today Delivering Promise For Tomorrow

Protecting The Future We Borrowed  

There are over 4 billion square feet of commercial office space in America. The average kWh per square foot for commercial office space is 15-22 kWh per year. Over 9 million people find employment in commercial offices across America, producing over 5 thousand tons of trash per day.

Human Resource Management

On the surface, you may not immediately associate Human Resources Management as a critical partner when it comes to Environmental Strategic Planning. However, today’s talent requires a business to be committed to community responsibility. One way business embraces that obligation is through Carbon Footprint Reduction. With recruitment and retention affected by environmental strategies, Human Resource Management is adopting an avant-gardists approach to protecting our future.

“The What If” Of ESP Environmental Strategic Planning

25,000 Square Feet Of Commercial Office Space Single Occupancy 100 Employees

kWh Per Square Foot 15

Waste Generated Per Employee 305.5 pounds

Let’s Take a Closer Look.

The estimated kWh of a 25,000 square foot commercial office will consume per year is

375,000 kWh producing a CO2E Of 168.12 metric tons. 

Let’s replace the lighting; we will convert the traditional fluorescent tubes to the more energy-efficient LED lighting.

The current energy required annually from lighting is estimated to be 75,000 kWhProducing A CO2E of 34 Metric Tons 20% Of The Building’s Total kWh Carbon Footprint. 

Converting to LED lighting reduces annual kWh Usage By ~ 30,000 kWh

Metric Ton CO2E savings from this conversion is ~ 13.45.

That is like removing almost three whole cars from the road each year. 

What If

We Took A New Approach One That Involves Small Changes Producing Significant Results!

An Approach From A Different View:

Twenty-five thousand square feet of commercial office space single occupancy consisting of 100 employees.

Estimated pounds of annual non-hazardous Municipal Solid Waste 30,550.  

60% of a commercial office’s Municipal Solid Waste consists of paper and cardboard representing 18,330 pounds.

Diverting the paper and cardboard to compost will reduce the MSW by 12,220 pounds.

It is preventing 8.31 metric tons of methane from entering the atmosphere.

Metric ton CO2E savings from this small Culture & Community building change is 715.03.

That is like removing One-Hundred-Fifty-Five whole cars from the road each year.

The compost we made will reduce the need for chemical fertilizer, preventing a quarter of a Metric Ton of Nitrous Oxide from entering the atmosphere. One Metric Ton of Nitrous Oxide is the equivalent of 300 Metric Tons Of CO2E.

 

 

When it comes to Greenhouse gases, all Greenhouse gases are not alike. Natural occurring greenhouses gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, water vapor, and nitrous oxide have varied heat absorption abilities.
Methane prevents 86 times more heat from escaping our atmosphere over its 20-year life expectancy than carbon dioxide. Nitrous Oxide prevents 300 times more heat from escaping our atmosphere over its 100-year life expectancy than carbon dioxide.

Carbon Footprint Reduction

Gases that trap heat in the atmosphere are called greenhouse gases. The EPA has identified four gases that they believe contribute the most to climate change. Of the four gases, three exist naturally in the atmosphere, the proper balance of which is essential to maintaining the stability of our planet. Fluorinated Gas such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are man-made.

Studies show that MSW facilities are the third largest producers of methane (CH4) gas, a greenhouse gas that is 86 times more damaging than carbon dioxide during the first 20 years of methane’s life cycle. Nitrous oxide( N2O), a greenhouse gas that is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide over its 114-year life cycle, is primarily a result of agriculture. Agricultural soil management is the largest source of N2O emissions in the United States, accounting for about 73.9 percent of total U.S. N2O emissions in 2017. With the increase in chemical fertilization from 8 million tonnes in 1961 to 23 million tonnes in 2018, chemical fertilization is considered the main contributor to the 15% increase in N2O over the aforementioned period.

 

Client Actuated Custom Solution

We work with our clients to discover what solutions work best for them. We achieve our clients’ objectives by focusing on the interconnection the solutions provide towards their long-term goals. Workplace culture building, employee engagement, productivity escalation, employee wellbeing, in addition to community responsibility, along with encouraging community extolment for our client’s business, all influence how proposed solutions are efficaciously optimized.

Time To Act Is Now

Based on EPICA (European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica), Ice core data indicate that the CO2 level for the past 800,000 years has been below 300 ppm; however, in 2017, CO2 levels reached 405.0 parts per million. Scientists believe the last time “the atmospheric CO2 amounts were this high was more than 3 million years ago when the temperature was 2°- 3°C (3.6°– 5.4°F) higher than during the pre-industrial era, and sea level was 15–25 meters (50–80 feet) higher than today”. Source climate.gov

The Results

Two of the main contributors to the Carbon Footprint of commercial office space include energy usage kWh and Municipal Solid Waste MSW.

Carbon Footprint kWh & MSW Metric Ton

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Carbon Footprint Decrease LED Lighting

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Carbon Footprint Decrease MSW Diversion

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Combined Decrease In Carbon Footprint

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