Reflections from Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association's National Conference

I recently attended the national conference of the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) in Orlando, Florida. PRSM’s national conference is a big deal for professionals in the business of developing and maintaining retail facilities―it amounts to over 400 retail representatives from more than 150 major brands moving through a convention-center sized exhibit hall that packs nearly twice as many vendors into 15 tight aisles. This year’s conference theme was fittingly “Re:Think” and featured a keynote speaker and educational seminars centered around that mantra, which I adopted as my own for the two-day conference, starting a conversation with everyone willing to engage. I learned a lot about the facilities perspective, the retail industry and how retailers think...

Benchmarking with ENERGY STAR®: Your Means for Regulatory Reporting

For over a decade, ENERGY STAR has provided a platform for buildings to benchmark energy performance against peers. In its simplest form, the result of benchmarking through ENERGY STAR’s platform, Portfolio Manager, is a score between 1 and 100. That score represents a building’s energy performance in terms of percentile (1 = least efficient, 100 = most efficient). ENERGY STAR’s benchmarking program has been widely adopted, and as a result, ENERGY STAR has constructed an extraordinarily large data set of energy and water consumption for buildings. Increasingly, local lawmakers have come to understand the potential of having such a large data set and have established compliance programs for obtaining energy and water consumption data for all (or a subset) of its customers. Over the last...

Fostering Telecom Lifecycle Management Support Below the Executive Level: Part II

A successful Telecom Lifecycle Management (TLM) program requires full buy-in across all functions and levels of a company. The more touch points you can make by showing how the program will benefit stakeholders, the easier it will be to get all oars rowing in the same direction.  In my last blog post, I discussed the needs of the end-user community. In my second post, I will wrap up with the needs of Accounts Payable (AP)/Finance and Telecom/IT professionals that can be satisfied by a properly implemented TLM program, with a focus on mobile devices.    ACCOUNTS PAYABLE & FINANCE PROFESSIONALS AP/Finance professionals are under considerable pressure to control costs, accurately allocate charges to the appropriate GL and cost center, and get bills paid on time. This job function...

Energy is NOT a Fixed Cost

Energy has historically been viewed as a fixed cost. However, by analyzing your energy data, whether from a utility bill or metering, you can identify opportunities for savings and manage energy cost. Energy cost and consumption data is the key to effective energy and sustainability management. To make energy data work for a company or its customers, you must first determine how this information will be used or distributed to both internal and external stakeholders. For example, a company may need to identify where energy is being wasted to make site specific investments, identify where energy consumption can be reduced to meet a budget requirement, or develop more sustainable methods for the production of goods or daily business activities. These needs may stem from consumer or internal...

Ten Consecutive ENERGY STAR® Awards!

I’m honored to share that Ecova has received a 2014 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award from ENERGY STAR, their highest honor! The Award recognizes Ecova’s long-term commitment to energy efficiency and is reflective of our expertise in energy and sustainability management. Several of my colleagues will attend the ENERGY STAR ceremony on April 29th in Washington, DC to accept the award on behalf of Ecova. Many of our clients have also won an ENERGY STAR award, so it’s a great opportunity to share in our joint success as partners and celebrate the work we do together. We’re very proud of our partnership with ENERGY STAR, as well as the work we do with our clients to promote this important program. Both ENERGY STAR and Ecova strive to promote sustainable resource consumption...