In our efforts to be cognizant of our Parish needs, and good stewards of not only our financial spend; we have been in the process of consolidating, standardizing and streamlining our operations to be more efficient. Additionally, we have, or are in the process of implementing a number of initiatives with our vendor-partners as to be environmentally friendly when and where practical.
The following are but just a few of the initiatives we currently have underway:
- Incremental LED retrofit of current incandescent and/or CFL bulbs has begun with the concerted effort of reducing our overall Parish energy costs. This is a long-term project and process as LED maturity is slowly gaining a foot-hold in the marketplace.
- Together with our vendor-partner Matera, we have brought Kimberly-Clark to our campus and through their Healthy Workplace/Heathy Schools Project, we are not only standardizing all of our campus dispensers, but we are leading the way in using “coreless” paper, foam soap and foam sanitizer which is helping to reduce product cost, overall waste and germs!
- With guidance and direction from Fr. Bob, we have transitioned away from Styrofoam-cups to paper, of which we have chosen the Dixie 12oz. coffee cup, as the exterior shields the hand from heat without the need for any protective sleeve.
- We have also converted from using plastic trash liners to those that are made with 70% post-consumer recycled content, without compromising bag-strength or any increase in cost. It’s a great story and on their website they have a brief <2min product video worth viewing http://www.revolutionbag.com/.
Together with our vendor-partners, we will continue to investigate ways of eliminating and/or reducing our environmental impact or “carbon-footprint” of Parish facility operations. The following is a link to a simple tool that will get you thinking about your individual contribution http://www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/.
Steve Niles, FMP
Manager, Facility Operations