Merrill Group is merging with Lotus! Emily Artale, Co-Owner of Lotus Engineering and Sustaiability, and Hillary have worked together for years. Our complimentary skillsets allow us to bring additional expertise to our clients in a more streamlined fashion. Together we are able to help clients look at their environmental and social initiatives from various perspectives including public relations, financial, political, and engineering. In return, we are able to take complicated problems, analyze various solutions and strategies, and provide clients with defensible and effective next steps.
Many sustainability professionals have inherited far-reaching sustainability goals that they did not create or they have aligned their goals to meet national goals such as the Better Buildings Challenge with little understanding of how to actually achieve their goals. This can pose an intimidating proposition that can result in entities giving up on their goals because they are seen as impossible to achieve. However, before giving up on goals or setting less lofty new ones know that there are many external trends that are already helping you and you might be doing better than you think.
There are skeptics everywhere. How do we, as energy and sustainability professionals, convince skeptics that pursuing sustainability is not only the right thing to do, but it can also be profitable?
The end of 2014 proved to be a very busy time for us and we have some exciting news to share!
One of the first steps of any successful energy management program should be an analysis and review of your building’s utility data. This is one way in which your building tells a story of its performance. We, as Energy Managers, use this story to verify personal narratives of your building’s operation, evaluate opportunities for improvement, identify patterns and trends of energy consumption, and benchmark against similar facilities. And, sometimes we can use this data to identify immediate solutions for cost savings.
How can such a seemingly simple resource provide so much valuable information?
Many of our clients have shown interest in pursuing solar energy but are quickly overwhelmed by the myriad of solar power procurement options available to them. This blog provides a brief overview of some of the options for procuring solar power such as purchasing Renewable Energy Credits, Solar Leases, Power Purchase Agreements, Community Solar Gardens and purchasing solar panels outright.
As more and more people demand sustainable solutions, we see an increase in the number of sustainability options offered by a variety of private, government, and non-profit organizations. It can be overwhelming. How do we know what is a legitimate offering and what is too good to be true? Our proposed answer: QUESTION EVERYTHING. And, while you are at it, document everything.
Setting sustainability targets can be one of the most intimidating and invaluable steps in creating a robust sustainability program. Goals need to be measurable and have real appeal to constituents and decision makers, but most importantly, goals need to be credible. We define a credible goal as one that can be realized while pushing the organization to make meaningful, aggressive changes where real benefits accumulate. But, how can an organization identify quantifiable, credible targets with limited information? How can they ensure that their goals are achievable so they do not miss their targets, while ensuring that they are not so easy that they are perceived as pointless?
When setting goals that support sustainability initiatives we typically think that our quantitative achievements will be more compelling and more important than our qualitative achievements. Quantitative achievements can be easier to define, easier to communicate and easier to link to dollars spent or dollars saved. This makes their value stand out and makes them the preference of many “goal-setting experts”. However, qualitative achievements may be just what you need to effectively describe the value of your program or initiative.
I wanted to send a personal Thank You to everyone who has helped make Merrill Group’s first 6 months a success. Merrill Group has built many great relationships and is looking forward to strengthening them even further in the near future. To learn more about our past projects and the services that we can provide to you please read on.