Business Operations

February 2012 Activities
During February, our members will participate in activities focused around resource efficiency in the workplace, including questions on how do you make building occupiers (not) turn off the lights, engaging employees on recycling and the top low-cost technologies for office energy efficiency. In addition, we’ll continue to explore the role the CRC will play in UK energy management in the coming years, data collection for sustainability reporting, and review of US renewable energy and much more.

Efficient Data Centers: Casestudies
WEEK COMMENCING 6 FEBRUARY
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In the Information Communications Technologies working group, we will share a number of case-studies of efficient data centers from around the world, and link together some of the common features for designing the perfect data center. Including case studies from Cisco, Google, RagingWire, and Petroleum GeoServices.

How much control do you give the building occupier?

In a series of podcast interviews and blogs with experts on lighting, heating and employee engagement, we will explore the role of environmental building controls in achieving energy efficiency – do you restrict the amount of control occupiers have over heating & lighting, or what are the alternatives?

WEEK COMMENCING 6 FEBRUARY
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Top 12 energy-saving tips for your office
WEEK COMMENCING 13 FEBRUARY
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In a series of blog posts and forum discussions, we will explore the top 12 technologies to use in a standard office environment to reduce energy consumption at a minimum cost and hassle.

Business Operations
February 2012 Activities

US Renewable Energy Outlook
WEEK COMMENCING 20 FEBRUARY
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In a series of blog posts and podcast interviews, we will explore the current progress in renewable energy generation in the US, including the success of various state-led schemes and collaborations, available incentives, hot technologies and federal initiatives more.

What should we be measuring & reporting for sustainability?

With sustainability reporting becoming the norm for large organizations, sustainability directors are faced with the question on what data to report, and how to reliably measure it? In this webinar we will explore the Global Reporting Initiative, and how to collect good quality data. Speaker: Eva Cahill, Kinelea and Charles Hansard, ADEC Group

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21ST 3:00 P.M. (GMT) / 10:00 A.M. (EST)

Also see: Five Merits of Sustainability Reporting for Management, 10 Trends in Sustainability Reporting

When will the CRC league table become a real reputational risk?

The first CRC league table, which was published in November 2011, was generally considered to not be a very good indicator of an organization’s sustainability credentials due to the metrics it was based on for the first year. With the absolute metric due to become increasingly important, this online roundtable, with both CRC experts and participants, will discuss when the league table is likely to become a real reputational risk Also see: How did CRC affect energy management in 2011?,

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23

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Managing the new era of Environmental Transparency catalysed by the CRC

Business Operations
February 2012 Activities

Get your hands dirty: Engaging with employees on waste reduction

The key to reducing waste in many work environments is engaging employees to reduce, reuse and recycle. This webinar session will explore practical ways to engage your employees on waste reduction and recycling. Speakers: Jason Mitchell, Waste and Environmental Manager for Leeds Partnerships NHS FT, and Sarahjane Widdowson, Principal Waste Management Consultant AEA Also see: Food Waste: Guardian Sustainable Business Quarterly Roundtable Write Up, InterfaceFLOR’s Waste Initiatives

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 29

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3:00 P.M. (GMT) / 10:00 A.M. (EST)

Coming up next month…
Some of the topics we'll be addressing during March include: What is ISO 50001, and how can I use it? No-cost / low-cost IT cost savings you can make A guide to improving the energy effi today The state of play on sustainable biofuels What data does the Energy Manager really need?