Green Teams play a key role in our progress to minimize resource use in our factories and offices, but equally important, they are a way for employees to become involved in efforts that directly benefit their local workplace and community.
Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) June 29, 2012
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments, today announced that it has awarded certifications for 15 of its volunteer Green Teams, formally acknowledging their work on projects at company sites and in their local communities over the past year. The new certification program is part of a framework that supplies resources, processes and recognition to these employee teams. The goal is to encourage broader engagement in communities along with actions to reduce waste, water, and energy usage locally.
“Green Teams play a key role in our progress to minimize resource use in our factories and offices, but equally important, they are a way for employees to become involved in efforts that directly benefit their local workplace and community,” noted W. Scott Tew, executive director, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand (CEES). “We are proud to honor our first group of certified Green Teams for their accomplishments, and believe this recognition program will help raise visibility and drive more actions from these highly motivated employee teams. It’s clear that workplace environmental and community projects help drive a more inclusive employee culture overall.”
Additionally, results from an Ingersoll Rand internal survey indicate that employees who join Green Teams are more engaged and satisfied and more likely to refer a friend to the company for employment.
The term “green teams” reflects more than simple dedication to environmental protection – it also underscores the teams’ origin as true grassroots movements that arise when employees find and act on an opportunity to improve local company operations or help their community. Green Team projects typically focus on reducing waste, greenhouse gas emissions, lowering water use, saving energy, and recycling. There are currently 87 active Green Teams across the company’s global locations.
Three tiers of certification levels are recognized based on the extent of measured savings and actions achieved over a single year.
Following are some of the achievements from recent winning Green Teams:
- By conducting energy audits and treasure hunts, the Curitiba, Brazil team was able to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 20 percent, and cut hazardous waste by 41 percent.
- The Trane Chicago and West Michigan District team saved $10,000 through energy improvements and generated $18,000 by recycling metals. The site also implemented a recycling program for cups, plastic bottles, crayons, eyeglasses and shoes.
- The Trane Residential National Distribution Center in Bridgeton, Mo. reduced energy by 15 percent and non-hazardous waste by 21 percent. The team also held a “clutter free” event for re-use or donation of unused items.
- The Phoenix, Arizona, District Sales Office Green Team cut natural gas usage by 82 percent and electricity usage by 11 percent, and utilized the local Big Green Box recycling program for recycling portable electronics and batteries. Ninety percent of the items were brought from home by employees and customers.
- The Monterrey, Mexico team saved $450,000 by using 17 percent less energy and reduced non-hazardous waste by 49 percent. In the community, 100 employees and family members took part in charitable and clean-up activities that benefited the Crecer Juntos Down Syndrome Attention Center and helped advance reforestation in the Hacienda Margaritas community public park.
Other award-winning teams with equally impressive results included: Kansas City District (Silver), California District (Silver), Trane – Pueblo, Colo. (Silver), Trane Western Washington Office (Silver), Georgia/Alabama District (Silver), Olathe C3 (Silver), Princeton Operations (Silver), Davidson, N.C. Campus (Silver), Galway, Ireland (Gold) and Waco, Texas (Gold).
About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; secure homes and commercial properties; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit http://www.ingersollrand.com.