Sarah Meyers spent her summer as an EDF Climate Corps fellow at software company CA Technologies in Framingham, MA. She was able to identify energy efficiency projects within the framework of employee engagement efforts. Meyers found that if CA Technologies were to install occupancies sensors in all kitchenettes, bathrooms, copy rooms and the gym, the company could cut its electricity usage by more than 30,000 kwh and avoid 11.3 tons of GHG emissions per year. This could translate into savings of approximately $21,000 over 10 years.
In addition, Meyers provided the company with benchmark data and potential metrics to determine success of non-traditional energy projects, particularly related to employee engagement, the implementation of green teams and recycling.
Shunsuke Numata spent his summer as an EDF Climate Corps fellow at CA Technologies, headquartered in Islandia, New York. CA Technologies is one of the largest IT solution companies, globally operating 134 offices including four data centers.
While CA Technologies has successfully reduced its energy usage in the past four years by implementing various practices, Numata identified several opportunities to reduce the electricity usage further.
One is to designate a parking garage and a parking lot as second-shift parking for employees who work after hours in the Islandia headquarters and shut down the other unused parking lots overnight. By doing so, the lights can be turned off, saving significant energy consumption. One other example is the change in the internal lighting schedule for the fitness center in the Islandia headquarters. It is currently open 24/7; however, he pointed out that over 99 percent of employees use it in the daytime. By closing the fitness center from 11pm to 5am, the energy consumption by the lighting and the air conditioning can be avoided.
Numata’s analysis showed that if CA Technologies implements these projects, it could save 499,000 kWh each year, $36,000 and approximately 349 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.