By Jeremy Mohr | Thursday October 23, 2014
Transparency via impact reporting is becoming a basic expectation of doing business, especially as technological advances necessitate improved tracking and broader sharing of information. However, rather than viewing carbon and sustainability reporting as just the standard cost of doing business, it should also be seen as an opportunity to enhance resource mindfulness, increase accountability, enable industry-wide baselining, and spark important conversations and innovative thinking amongst industry leaders.
As a leader in the Total Energy and Sustainability Management space, it is Ecova’s responsibility to envision the world we want to see―and to develop creative, effective solutions that enable our internal and external stakeholders to make decisions that bring us closer to making that...
By Devin Zeller | Monday October 20, 2014
I recently returned from Retail Industry Leadership Association’s (RILA) 7th Annual Sustainability Conference in Minneapolis, MN where representatives from over 80 of the largest retail brands converged to discuss emerging trends in sustainability and the retail industry. I attended the popular conference with over 500 attendees hoping to learn about the direction of the industry and best practices, and the event didn’t disappoint! Overall, the conference focused on two key themes:
Consumers are “snack shopping,” taking small bites of information through multiple mediums (phones, PCs, tablets, print). Sustainability connects retailers and consumers through these mediums when the story is compelling, visual, and evocative. Consumers want to buy from responsible companies and...
By Diane Levin | Wednesday October 15, 2014
Our recent blog post, Strategic Energy Management for Commercial Buildings: 5 Key Areas described Ecova’s Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program, as presented at the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in August. In many ways, strategic energy management is the ultimate energy savings program, for businesses and utilities alike, driving persistent energy savings and ongoing collaboration around energy efficiency.
The Ecova Framework includes best practices in five keys areas:
Marketing and Reporting
However, there’s no one-size-fits-all plan when it comes to creating a more energy-efficient and sustainable business. Every organization has its own operational particulars and cultural environment. In working...
By Jami Marler | Thursday October 9, 2014
In the United States, businesses can choose to end the fiscal year on any date of the calendar year, and most tend to use the end of a month to simplify accounting. Furthermore, most companies’ fiscal year coincides with the beginning of the calendar year on January 1st or at the beginning of a quarter (April 1st, July 1st or October 1st), but there are many variations on this theme for diverse reasons.
Department stores, for example, decide to let the entire holiday shopping season (including post-holiday returns) fall in one fiscal year. They also might want to have plenty of time to finish post-holiday inventories before tackling the end-of-fiscal-year accounting. As a result, the fiscal year for many of these companies ends on January 31st or the Saturday closest to this date.
By James Joiner | Monday October 6, 2014
As an Ecova Client Service Manager for over seven years, October’s National Customer Service Week gets me thinking about the importance of taking great care of our clients. I recently was asked why so many of our clients have been loyal to us for so long. I quickly responded, “Because we give them what they need!” So, in celebration of National Customer Service Week, I’d like to share some of the services that Ecova strives hard to deliver.
Put the customer first. Plain and simple―giving our clients the attention they need and deserve gives them a reason to come back again and again. That’s why our Quarterly Business Reviews, the time where we review results and set future priorities, are part of our normal business practice. These thoughtful planning sessions are in...