Thornton Tomasetti President Ray Daddazio, left, and Chairman & CEO Tom Scarangello joined employees in 29 offices in participating in Daylight Hour, a campaign designed to raise awareness of energy conservation. Thornton Tomasetti is working to achieve climate neutral business operations by 2030 and reducing electricity use will help bring us closer to our goal.
It was lights out today in 29 Thornton Tomasetti offices across seven countries in observation of Daylight Hour. Organized by the Building Energy Exchange, the annual global social media campaign aims to promote energy conservation by encouraging the use of natural lighting from 12 noon to 1 p.m., a time of peak energy demand.
Thornton Tomasetti joined more than 644 offices around the world in demonstrating our commitment to the environment. Over the past four years, we have steadily increased our involvement, and in 2018, a total office area of 301,371 square feet, serving more than 1,235 employees, switched over to daylight.
Thornton Tomasetti’s participation in the event was spearheaded by our Corporate Sustainability Department and implemented by Green Champions in each office. To raise awareness, this year we took a closer look at energy use and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions savings that resulted from clicking off the lights. All told, the firm saved an estimated 546 kilowatts of energy consumption and 402 pounds of CO2 emissions in just one hour. Each participating office received information about its expected energy and CO2 savings, showing how all of us can make a difference
Our widespread involvement in this year’s Daylight Hour campaign was recognized with a Globetrotter award from the event organizer, the Building Energy Exchange. Pictured here is staff from our New York, Madison Avenue office recreating the campaign’s logo.
While Thornton Tomasetti takes Daylight Hour seriously, we also had a bit of fun. For instance, several of our New York Madison employees volunteered to help us replicate the Daylight Hour logo with their bodies while enjoying loads of sunlight pouring in from our windows.
Small actions, like daylight hour, demonstrate how companies can create actionable and measurable strategies toward preserving our environment and improving staff well-being. In fact, the continuous success of our participation has inspired many of our offices to turn Daylight Hour into a regular occurrence–And the Corporate Sustainability department has seen a rise in grant requests to fund the installation of daylight and occupancy sensor devices where needed. All of this contributes to greener workspaces and to reaching our goal of carbon neutral business operations by 2030.
Through campaigns like Daylight Hour and other programs, Thornton Tomasetti continues to demonstrate our commitment to a greener world. If you haven’t yet, we encourage you to turn off and enjoy the sunshine.
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