A prestigious panel of PRSM leaders discussed the evolving nature of sustainability and energy management in retail during the 2017 ICSC Retail Green Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, Nov. 28 – 29.
Stephanie Moon, RFMP, PRSM’s VP of Strategic Resource Development moderated the panel discussion that addressed, “Successful Energy Management Strategies: Engaging Operations and Maintenance Personnel in an Operating Retail Store.”
Panel members included: PRSM Immediate Past Board Chair, Leigh Pearson, RFMP, Director, Facility, Environmental and Procurement Services, Staples, Inc. (Canada), PRSM-member Chris Ladner, LEED Fellow, CEM, CxA, CEA, Principal, Entegrity Partners and Paul A. Mathew, PH.D., Staff Scientist, Department Head, Whole Building Systems, Building Technologies and Urban Systems Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Discussions focused on creative ways to engage operations and maintenance in energy savings and sustainability initiatives. The use of both industry and store level energy benchmarking and creating friendly competition between stores was presented as a way to motivate store operations to engage and pursue energy management goals.
Including energy savings initiatives during the design, construction and lease negotiations phase was also highlighted. The use of green leases and energy efficient designs were noted as key factors that can have a major impact on the long-term success of both energy and sustainability programs
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