For the third year in a row Thornton Tomasetti participated in Daylight Hour, joining more than 800 other firms turning off their lights for one hour and saving enough energy to power 9,400 homes for a day. From Christchurch, New Zealand, to Shanghai, Mumbai, London, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and many more in between, we had a total of 20 offices in five countries joining in, earning us an Honorable Mention from the Building Energy Exchange.
Our office Green Champions play a large part in making this event so successful, helping to raise awareness and enthusiasm in their offices. The Green Champions in the New York, Madison Avenue office hosted a “cookie and learn” event, ordering cookies and teaching colleagues what Daylight Hour is all about as they enjoyed the afternoon of sunlight.
“The New York, Madison Avenue office ended up keeping the lights off for the rest of the day,” Green Champion Lauren Francis said. “It was great to see everyone taking part in this event, especially the upper management.”
Our participation in Daylight Hour increases each year. In addition to reducing our electricity usage, many colleagues also enjoy the break from harsh office lighting and find it makes their work environment more enjoyable.
“I preferred Daylight Hour to our artificial light,” Green Champion Rupa Patel in Christchurch said. “Since it was a sunny day, the natural light felt a bit softer, so it was a nice change for that brief period of time.” Many of our offices left their lights off all afternoon, in some cases even all day. Our offices in Portland, Maine, and West Hartford, Connecticut, now work in natural daylight almost all the time.
Abhiram Tammana, a Green Champion in Chicago, said, “We kept the lights turned off starting at noon through evening. We welcome the bright sunlight every day and do our best to make use of it while also making a conscious and positive impact on the environment. We are hoping to make Daylight Hour an all-day event regularly during summer, weather permitting.”
We participate in Daylight Hour to show our solidarity with the Building Energy Exchange and the hundreds of others who take part, and because it closely aligns with our overall philosophy of being a more sustainable firm. We are constantly making efforts to improve our energy efficiency and waste reduction as part of our commitment to further reduce our carbon footprint and achieve carbon-neutral business operations by 2030.
In addition to this and many other efforts, another way that we reduce our ecological footprint is by purchasing green power to offset our emissions. Thornton Tomasetti purchases so much green power that we are a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Partner in good standing. As we continue to do our part every day, we look forward to taking part in the next Daylight Hour event!
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