Rich Tesler, SunGard

The Opportunity

Rich Tesler spent 12 weeks during the summer of 2010 at SunGard, a Fortune 500 software and technology services company that supports mission-critical operations of financial institutions, businesses, local governments, public safety and justice agencies and educational institutions around the world.

An MBA and CFA, Rich was in the midst of pursuing a second Masters degree at New York University's Steinhardt School in Environmental Conservation Education. The 12-week work plan encompassed a broad range of projects in support of SunGard's sustainability initiatives.

In addition to a focus on identifying specific energy efficiency projects, Rich also worked on strategic projects including criteria for prioritizing offices for energy efficiency, supporting the company’s continued drive to track energy across a larger portion of its footprint, and creating tools and primers for finance officers and facilities managers on the subject of energy efficiency.

The Solution

Rich's energy efficiency projects were focused on two facilities: an office facility in New York City and a data center in Wayne, Penn. At the New York office facility, he identified three no-cost projects that could cut energy usage by 9%. At the Pennsylvania data center, projects identified could save 25% on energy usage and pay back the initial investment in less than two years. Rich also created guides to green retrofitting and green leasing.

The aggregate results of these eight projects would have a $750,000 net present value, saving 690,000 kWh and avoiding 340 metric tons of CO2 annually.

The Result

Five out of eight of Rich’s recommended facilities projects are planned for, underway or complete, including a quick win project that involved changing the lighting timers in SunGard’s New York City office. The no-cost project quickly yielded a savings of $20,000 annually.

Furthermore, Rich's green retrofitting and green leasing guides have been adopted by SunGard’s corporate real estate team. And SunGard has identified a project for a 2011 Climate Corps fellow to continue work on facilities energy efficiency programs, including development of an employee office energy efficiency campaign.