Sustainability Brings Success at Ecova and within the Cities We Call Home

As the New Year begins, it’s hard to ignore the convenient reference point that the hallowed date of the recent past provides―December 31st, for better or for worse, always offers a succinct opportunity to reflect on the happenings of the year past, and the hopes of the year ahead. Using this date to reflect, it is easy to conclude that Ecova experienced an eventful 2014. In every sense of the word, it was a successful year. We have a new President and CEO―Jana Schmidt―who embodies Ecova’s values in both traditional and progressive ways. In July, Ecova became a subsidiary of Cofely, the leading brand of GDF SUEZ Energy Services. We also released our first Corporate Responsibility report revealing, among other successes, that Ecova identified energy savings for our clients equivalent to...

Ecovas New Waste Manager Module Will Help Clients Shrink Waste for 2015


It’s a new year and a lot of us have our minds on what we want to accomplish in 2015. After a holiday of over-consumption, some of us are probably focusing on our waist sizes, but here at Ecova, we’re more focused on the size of our clients’ waste―namely, how to track it, manage it, and ultimately pay less for it. This year the task will be easier than ever thanks to the new Waste Manager module on the Ecova Energy and Sustainability Management Platform. The introduction of the Waste Manager module on the Ecova Platform is an exciting milestone for us and our clients. The module enhances the existing Expense Management functionality with new waste and recycling reports and features, for a more cost-effective way for multi-site businesses to track, analyze and report on key waste metrics...

Californias Composting Regulation and Why it Matters

In a previous blog post, I explored California’s recent statewide plastic bag ban and how it impacts businesses. Today, I’ll take a closer look at another piece of legislation that will affect many businesses operating in the Golden State―a statewide commercial composting requirement. California’s enactment of the bill marks the fourth time a composting requirement has passed at the state level. Previous composting laws have been enacted in Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut. WHAT IS COMPOST? Compost can refer to either a municipal organic waste collection program or to the nutrient-rich fertilizer that’s a byproduct of such programs. It’s common to refer to the process of sorting and collecting organic waste as composting, but it can also be called “organic recycling.” Items...

Honored to Lead Ecova as New President and CEO

Ecova is a leading energy and sustainability management company. I’m excited to be part of an organization that works incredibly hard to help our clients see more, save more, and sustain more―all while embracing our own solutions to save resources and demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship. Ecova has had an eventful year, and we have a tremendous amount of momentum heading into 2015. Together with our new parent company, strong executive team, dedicated employees, diverse client base, and valuable stakeholders, we are well-positioned to move Ecova forward as a global leader in energy and sustainability management.In addition to our new ownership structure, we had several product announcements this year, including our Energy and Sustainability Management Platform and the...

4 Tips for Reducing Holiday Waste at Retail Locations


As the holidays draw near you may be thinking of a million different things. Whether you are making your gift wish list, planning your shopping adventures, or searching for a radio station that plays something other than holiday cheer, it’s likely that you are busy. Unfortunately, some end-of-the-year tasks can create quite a flurry this time of year―that’s right, ‘tis the season for year-end reporting, fourth quarter closing, and the commencement of a new calendar year. And for many businesses, this time of year also brings an increase in holiday waste―more shoppers than any other time of year are on the prowl, thus more supplies arrive at retail locations to be consumed. In order to avoid extra charges or additional pick-ups, I’ve compiled some helpful tips and ideas to get you...