Monday, November 30, 2015

Sustainability: Environmental & More!

Sustainability is important on many levels, including, but not limited to environmental responsibility. I will write about the other ways in which EMC strives to be sustainable later. The focus for this post is mainly environmental.

Rendering of our new building in Draper Vista Station
Our new building in Draper Vista Station will be LEED certified. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.

Draper Vista Station is considered a transit-oriented development, with proximity to I-15, Bangerter Highway, and most notably, the UTA Frontrunner commuter train line. Our new building is immediately south of the train stop. Our employees won't even have to cross the street to get to it.

Speaking of UTA, our relationship with them is that of both customer and supplier. We are a customer of their transportation services and a supplier of their information technology. We participate in UTA's EcoPass program which provides all-inclusive transit for our employees, and which we subsidize by 80%.

Our new building will only increase the our relationship as customers of UTA. Following are some statistics for our UTA usage year-to-date. I'll be interested in comparing them a year from now.
  • Express bus trips: 200+
  • Regular bus trips: 12,600+
  • TRAX trips: 1,900+
  • Frontrunner trips: 14,000+
We're proud that our environmental sustainability efforts have been recognized with the Utah Green Business Award for 2015. We're also proud of the international recognition for EMC overall.

My acceptance speech for our Utah Green Business Award

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