At Resource Innovations, we engage in sustainable activities on multiple levels:
- Technical expertise in topics like strategic energy management, renewable energy, energy storage, energy efficiency, and water conservation.
- Corporate responsibility and how we measure our impact via greenhouse gas emissions and waste data.
- Staff innovation and support for offices that want to go well beyond the status quo.
The management of energy, water and other resources is in a pivotal moment in history. We believe we have an opportunity to empower sustainable activities as a business and as individuals. This belief is infused in our relationships with employees, clients, our supply chain, and the environment. We are proud of our sustainability achievements as a company and how our business aligns with the goal of a resourceful, responsible, and sustainable world.
For over a decade, Resource Innovations (with the acquisition of Nexant) has been demonstrating environmentally sustainable corporate leadership by recording, reporting, and offsetting our North American office carbon emissions with The Climate Registry. We track our baseline consumption of metrics such as energy, water, paper, trash, recyclables, and compostables. As a company that offers measurement and verification of energy savings as a service to our clients, we know the importance of having a separate entity verify and confirm our progress toward a goal.
We have a corporate sustainability policy that commits us to continual improvement, and a Sustainability Coordinator in each office. To assess this continual improvement, we implement a Green Office Scorecard, which is filled out by our Sustainability Coordinators around the globe. Data collected in the Scorecard is used to rank offices, award funds toward sustainability initiatives, and remind offices of things they can do to improve their performance.
Offices organize sustainability challenges such as "The Straw Challenge" and "The Take Out Challenge" to help motivate and reward employees who are striving to live sustainably and minimize their own waste outside of the office. Some offices recently started composting and have plans to achieve zero waste in 2021. Six of our offices promote the use of electric vehicles via charging stations and designated parking. Four of our offices are in buildings that are LEED Certified: San Francisco is LEED Platinum and Toronto is LEED Gold.
EUISSCA - Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance
Resource Innovations is a member of EUISSCA, an alliance of US electric utilities and their suppliers that was formed to promote a robust and sustainable electric utility industry supply chain. The Alliance works with its members and stakeholders to identify and exchange successful practices and deliver tangible business value to member organizations through the application of sustainability practices. The Alliance encourages sharing of best practices through an annual survey tool that provides performance trends and benchmark data for all members and sponsors an annual Sustainable Sourcing Conference to address sustainability challenges.
We are happy to report, through working with the Climate Registry Information System (CRIS), that over the last 6 years our greenhouse gas emissions have been on a downward trend.
Offices that complete the Green Office Scorecard and perform well receive a monetary incentive toward future greening activities, encouraging continual improvement. Here is what some offices are doing:
- LED lighting retrofits
- Cloud-based fault detection system for HVAC and Lighting
- Office composting
- Communal cruiser bikes
- Sustainable furniture
- Reusable dishware
- Cloth hand-towel service
- Green office plants
- Reusable water canteens for employees and hydration challenges
Aside from lessening our own environmental impact, we like reminders that the work we’re doing really matters. That’s why the Hinsdale (Chicago) office set up a live monitor in the kitchen that shows real-time data of the total kWh and therms their office has saved. Additional offices are working to install these monitors as well. Whether it’s energy efficiency, retro-commissioning, consulting, or evaluating energy programs, we are proud of the work we do and how it contributes to a sustainable future.
Public Disclosure of GHG Emissions and Reduction Goals
Every year, Resouce Innovations' business activities save an enormous amount of energy and CO2 emissions. In addition to our ingrained energy savings culture, we voluntarily quantify and offset our CO2 emissions through The Climate Registry and an E Source-verified offset source. In 2018 Nexant offset 500 metric tons of CO2 emissions from our scope 2 activities (office activities), and 180 metric tons of CO2 emissions from our scope 3 emissions (passenger vehicle miles traveled).
In addition to being carbon neutral via offsets, Resource Innovations began publicly stating CO2 reduction goals in 2020 to demonstrate our commitment to decreasing our impact on the environment. Nexant built a progressive CO2 emissions reduction structure that is designed to reflect rapid worldwide changes, particularly those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are two aspects to this effort:
- A structured, standard annual reduction with a set baseline.
a. Baseline: 2018
b. Goal 5% reduction per year
- Ex. 35% reduction by 2025, 60% reduction by 2030, etc.
- An innovative, progressive carbon offset approach
a. Baseline 2018
b. +5% carbon offset per year from baseline if annual goal is not reached
- Ex. 2025 Resource Innovations achieves a 25% reduction in CO2 = Goal not met
- 5% * 7 years from baseline = 35% “over purchase” in carbon offsets
- Ex. #2 2025 Resource Innovations achieves 40% reduction in CO2 = Goal met
- No annualized 5% “penalty” applied. Carbon offsets quantified and purchased per usual
The progressive carbon offset approach will give Resource Innovations an increasing financial incentive to achieve CO2 reduction goals that ensures our business activities have a positive impact on future generations.