Thornton Tomasetti President Bob DeScenza kicks off Daylight Hour in our New York office.
Thornton Tomasetti offices around the globe clicked off the lights for one hour on June 19 as part of 2015 Daylight Hour, a campaign designed to bring awareness to reducing energy consumption.
Seventeen Thornton Tomasetti offices in six countries took part in bringing daylight to more than 160,000 square feet of office space. Participation by the firm was led by Green Champions in each office with support from the firm’s regional leaders and local facility managers.
“This is one of the small ways Thornton Tomasetti can demonstrate our commitment to achieving sustainable business operations,” President Bob DeScenza said.
Daylight Hour is a global social media campaign launched in 2014 by Building Energy Exchange, a New York City-based nonprofit that provides resources to improving energy efficiency in the built environment. Thornton Tomasetti joins more than 300 businesses, universities, government and nonprofit agencies in participating in 2015 Daylight Hour.
“It’s a simple and easy way to draw attention to how infrequently we actually need our overhead lighting,” Senior Associate Tiffany Broyles Yost, who serves as the New York Green Champion, said. “Much of our office space is pleasantly day-lit, which saves energy and money. Daylight Hour was also a great way for our global network of Green Champions to connect and collaborate on a project.”
The firm’s Christchurch, New Zealand, office kicked off the event at noon local time, and opted to leave the lights off for the rest of the afternoon. Portland, Maine, and Newark, New Jersey, planned to keep the lights off for the entire day, and other offices expressed an interest in turning Daylight Hour into a daily event.
The effort also aligns with our Corporate Sustainability goals and demonstrates our commitment to cost-effective measures that directly impact climate change. “We are striving for climate neutral business operations by 2030 and reducing electricity use in our offices is crucial to achieving this goal,” Corporate Sustainability Officer Amy Hattan said.
Christchurch, New Zealand.
Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Newark, New Jersey.
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