Smart Energy Now has had the opportunity to work with the Wells Fargo Environmental Affairs Team. We are thrilled to learn that Wells Fargo employees have joined the Smart Energy Now® community and are helping us achieve our goal in reducing energy in uptown Charlotte.
Krista Van Tassel, Vice President, Team Member Engagement of the Wells Fargo environmental Affairs team focuses on supporting the company’s 65+ Green Teams and many store-based sustainability agents. She also recognizes and promotes environmental innovator best practices, and engages and educates team members about their role in supporting the company’s sustainability efforts. Krista earned her MBA in International Business at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Krista worked in a variety of sustainability and marketing positions in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. I’ll let Krista tell you more about how the Wells Fargo green teams and employees are hunting for energy efficiency.
In 2011, Wells Fargo joined Envision Charlotte, a collaborative partnership between the public and private sector that aims to make Uptown Charlotte the most sustainable urban core in the U.S.
One of Wells Fargo’s greatest partners within this initiative is Duke Energy. Not only does Duke Energy reside in our landmark tower on Tyron Street, but this incredible energy company is also helping us arm our local Green Teams with the data and tools necessary to save energy and the earth.
Duke Energy’s Smart Energy Now® is the anchor pillar of the Envision Charlotte program, and it aims to leverage interactive kiosks, social media, and education to change behaviors around energy use. The program has set a bold goal to reduce Charlotte’s energy use by 20% by 2016, thereby avoiding 220,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
To make energy “real,” Duke Energy installed these incredible kiosks that monitor energy usage within the I-277 loop in real-time. Wells Fargo hosts several interactive kiosks in our buildings throughout Charlotte—they not only help us understand our energy usage, but also how well we compare to each other (building by building) and other companies in the local area, including some of our key competitors.
Nothing like a friendly competition to inspire action for good! That’s where the Wells Fargo Green Team in Uptown Charlotte got involved. Vincent recently shared some of the programs his team has created to champion energy efficiency at the office, and we’ve shared some of our success stories around energy usage as well.
Our Charlotte Green Team was inspired by both, and created their unique spin on an energy efficiency treasure hunt and a “vampire” search. Equipped with Kill-A-Watt EZ meters, some other tools to make the hunt for energy waste a little easier, and a basic spreadsheet for data collection, our Charlotte Green Team members are walking their office floors to find areas to increase efficiency, slaying those energy “vampires” in their path, and fully engaging their colleagues in a conversation about energy usage.
The program launched in May, and will run through June—or until we’ve walked all of our Green Team member floors. Participating colleagues will receive a “Conserve Energy” sticker as both a thank you and a reminder to watch our collective power use.
Once finished, team members will record their findings and upload their spreadsheets to an internal site so we can share their data with our facilities teams, who in turn will work to correct any inefficiencies in lighting or heating/cooling that may be found. Allowing us to “see” real-time energy use in both kWh and dollars spent will help the team forecast energy usage per year for each team member in our building. And we plan to see our overall energy usage decrease through the online kiosks.
We look forward to sharing the results with Duke Energy and having other companies follow the example of the Charlotte Green Team. After all, we can all share the responsibility of conserving for our business and the planet.
Posted by- Susana
Smart Energy Now® Project Coordinator
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