Environment, Energy and Sustainability

Environment, Energy and Sustainability

March 2017

Naturalist and author John Muir once said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” That statement is an apt description for sustainability. A company’s efforts, or lack of effort, related to sustainability and energy efficiency creates a wide ripple effect on people, place and planet, says George Denise, CFM, CPM, FMA, RPA, LEED - AP, director of operations-RWS, director of sustainability-HQ at Oracle in Redwood City, Calif. The discussion surrounding energy efficiency, environmental impact and sustainability has been ongoing for years, and in many cases, decades. Sustainability and energy efficiency took root during the 1970s energy crisis as prices escalated and companies looked for ways to reduce costs. Yet various corporations, and governments around the world for that matter, are at very different stages in putting strategies, initiatives and policies in place to advance sustainability. Some firms are taking the lead, while others are still behind the curve, and not everyone is moving forward at the same pace to drive change.

Keywords: The Bigger Picture, sustainability, environment

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