New study documents sustainability for business

Economic pressures, looming cap-and-trade legislation, and other economic drivers are forcing companies of all sizes toward efficiencies to improve the bottom line, according to a new study.

Waukesha-based Environmental Systems Inc. (ESI) recently released an independently researched study to help executives responsible for financial and operational performance sort through sustainability information, understand trends and visualize what is possible.

“Companies of all sizes and types are looking for ways to control operating costs, including energy, personnel, facility and maintenance,” said ESI president Paul Oswald. “The good news is that the benefits derived from reducing operating costs have a direct positive impact on creating a more sustainable business.
The study covers reduced operating costs and improved productivity as it relates to building performance and security, energy efficiency, pending legislation, information technology, sustainability, innovation and integration of systems.
“The difficulty for many businesses is a lack of understanding in how to get started on a path to reduce costs and improve sustainability,” Oswald said. “Making sense of it all and determining what is relevant to reducing costs are not easy tasks.”
The study conducted by Moskowitz Jacobs Inc. featured interviews with 450 CEOs, CFOs and senior management. Among its findings:
  • 87 percent have room to improve on energy management.
  • 74 percent do not have a handle on energy cost.
  • 59 percent are not well-positioned in house to control energy and improve operational efficiency.
  • 49 percent are seeking ways to optimize energy usage.

Visit to download the study, which contains insights from Schneider Electric EVP Chris Curtis; Quad/Graphics Inc. director Joe Muehlbach; GE Medical IT Kerry Malland; “Smart Buildings” author Jim Sinopoli; Automated Buildings editor Ken Sinclair; and sustainability expert Paul Ehrlich.

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