I am excited to introduce you to a Vincent Davis, the Director of the Smart Energy Now® Community Partnership at Duke Energy. Wells Fargo has had the opportunity to work with Vincent’s team at Duke Energy through Envision Charlotte, a unique collaborative opportunity that seeks to make Charlotte, N.C., the most sustainable urban core in the U.S. As an active member of the Envision Charlotte team, Wells Fargo is helping the city meet its goal to reduce energy usage in our buildings.
As Director of the Smart Energy Now program, Vincent collaborates with large commercial building owners like Wells Fargo to evaluate and implement energy efficiency products and services. He took on the role in September 2010 and has been busy creating exciting ways to engage our team members in energy awareness. Vincent will tell you more about how his team leverages interactive technology, social media and education to stop energy waste (—KVT)
As we conclude our first Smart Energy Now campaign, “Flipping Out” (unnecessary lights), I was excited to be offered the opportunity to guest blog on the Wells Fargo Environmental Forum. For those of you not familiar with Smart Energy Now®, it is a Duke Energy program with the goal of reducing uptown Charlotte, N.C., energy usage by 20 percent by 2016. Charlotte will also avoid 220,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by meeting our goal.
Simple and no cost changes in our daily habits, such as flipping out unnecessary lights and unplugging unused electronics, will account for a portion this goal. Smart Energy Now® is proud to be firmly supported by, and is a big part of, the Envision Charlotte initiative, a first-of-its-kind collaborative partnership in Charlotte’s center city to create the most environmentally sustainable urban core in the nation.
We are on our way! Walking through the lobby of a participating building in Charlotte, it is hard not to notice one of our interactive kiosks displaying live Charlotte energy usage, and we achieved high participation levels through fun, interactive games, like “Crab, You’re It!” (PDF*)—a reminder to turn off a light or a monitor that’s not in use—and our “Adopt a Light” stickers.
Even better is that Wells Fargo associates in Charlotte have stepped up in a big way. They leverage existing channels such as the Wells Fargo Charlotte Green Team, participated in our Energy Champion training classes, and contributed straight-forward ideas, such as using revolving door signage to reduce wasted energy. Did you know that using a standard door instead of a revolving door waste 8 times more energy?
This is just the beginning, and we know that the Wells Fargo associates will continue to take action in pursuit of reducing energy waste. We look forward to your continued leadership in upcoming Smart Energy Now® campaigns here in Charlotte! (Stay tuned for those.) Now that I know about this blog, I expect that the Smart Energy Now team will continue to check it out and look for great ideas like the vampire slayer campaign launched by the Vancouver Green Team.
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