Save the Date for 2015 Awards Banquet September 22nd, 2015 6:00 pm California State University Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA 93311 Award nominations are due to Kern Green by March 28th. Nomination form 2015
Featured MemberAera Energy LLC10000 Ming AveBakersfied, CA93311P 661-665-5000
Aera Energy headquarters achieved Green Certification in November 2011. The facility already had many environmentally-focused initiatives in place, and the Kern Green Certification checklist provided a framework for them to extend their efforts even further.
They installed 600 occupancy sensors throughout the building. When a work space in Aera headquarters is empty, lights and monitors are automatically switched off. Waterless urinals were installed in the bathrooms and 'No-Idling' zones were established at all curbs and loading docks. To improve local air quality and encourage employee health, a bike-share program was started. Before certification, recycling bins were in place, but recycling wasn't heavily promoted. To achieve certification they made recycling a focused effort.
Their efforts made a big impact. Aera is now a Zero Waste facility. In 2014 they set a goal to use 20% less water at their headquarters. They ended up using 43% less. The positive momentum has motivated the company to do more. "We are still looking for ways to reduce usage and expand our green programs," said Aera Green Team leader, Tina Carmona.
Did You Know?
- According to the U.S. Green Building Council, in the U.S., buildings account for 38% of all CO2 emissions and represent 72% of U.S. electricity consumption.
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