Dean Seavers speaks at sustainability forum
Sustainability isn’t a new initiative at National Grid – it’s a way of working that underpins the business and should be a part of the overall company culture: That was a take-away following a Sustainability Forum where US President Dean Seavers spoke to a standing-room only crowd in Waltham, MA in honor of Earth Month 2015.
The forum allowed employees to hear from company leaders about how we’ll meet our long-term environmental, social and economic goals. Vice President of Customer Strategy and Environmental, Ed White, also spoke, and connected the dots for the crowd as to how a focus on customer service is the key to success. Energy efficiency programs, procurement of sustainable materials, growth in renewables and distributed generation – these were just a few examples of the ways that we’re investing in sustainable practices that have positive outcomes for our company, our environment and our customers.
Project managers from different parts of the company also spoke, detailing sustainability successes. A poster session followed the forum, where employees were able to network and speak in greater detail with the project managers about their work.
- Brent Ebner spoke about changes we’ve made to our Fleet, investing in alternate fuel vehicles like bio-diesel, hybrid technology, and electric vehicles and equipment.
- Bridget Ferrari spoke about new ways that we’re disposing of wood utility poles in Albany, NY when they’re at the end of their lives – burning them in an environmentally-friendly way to generate power from a waste (cogeneration) rather than sending them to landfills.
- Casey Hayes discussed a pilot project taking place in Rhode Island, where voltage regulating devices were installed at substations and on feeders to help deliver energy more efficiently through a process called Volt Var.
- Pat Burns spoke about a project taking place in Syracuse, NY to replace thousands of old light bulbs with LED bulbs on the iconic Niagara Mohawk Building, a source of architectural pride for the community.
- Tony LaRusso discussed the Newtown Creek Biogas Project in New York City, where we’re converting biogas produced at a wastewater treatment plant into renewable natural gas for residential and commercial use.
- Ben Rivers from the energy efficiency group spoke about how we helped small business owners in Rhode Island replace old light bulbs with LED bulbs, helping our customers to make responsible and cost-saving decisions.
A grassroots group of employees, The Sustainability Lunch Group at Reservoir Woods, coordinated the forum and will work with peers at other National Grid locations to host similar events in the coming months.
To learn more or to get involved with The Sustainability Lunch Group at Reservoir Woods email Bridget Ferrari.