Date Added: Nov 2009
Industrial and commercial facilities are all committing resources to sustainability initiatives despite a difficult economy. The U.S. Department of Commerce categorizes sustainable operations as, ones that use processes that are non-polluting, conserve energy and natural resources, and are economically sound and safe for employees, communities, and consumers. Some organizations may delay the implementation of certain components of these sustainability programs; however, the compelling argument for better managing a facility's energy use will persist beyond this downturn. Companies should pursue sustainability efforts fully because the same powerful drivers for sustainability will strengthen over time.