Businesses are beginning to recognize their responsibility to help the environment now more than ever. While going green might seem easier said than done, many companies have started becoming more eco-conscious and taking real steps toward addressing their carbon footprint. Turns out, it’s actually a lot easier than you might think for a company to go green, plus it comes with great benefits.
Benefits for Businesses Going Green
Becoming more environmentally friendly doesn’t just benefit the Earth, it directly benefits companies too. For example, by decreasing waste, a company can lower operation and utility costs. Something as simple as choosing reusable materials instead of single-use plastic or decreasing paper printing can help the environment while saving money. Not only do these sustainable choices save money for companies, but they also resonate positively with environmentally-minded customers. It’s a win-win.
Making the Change
Some of the world’s largest, most well-known companies have made significant efforts in 2019. Here are a few that are making the change:
Many companies are meeting their renewable goals by purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs), which certifies that their power is coming from a renewable source like wind or solar energy. For example, you might recognize Anheuser-Busch’s ads from the Super Bowl this year, which stated that their beer is “Now brewed withwind power.” Walmart is another company purchasing renewable electricity to run their operations. In fact, Alabama’s Solar A Project in Chambers County provides renewable energy to Walmart through RECs.
Similarly, Google is an advocate for renewable energy production. Today, Google is the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable power, and it has committed to purchasing 2.6 gigawatts (2,600 megawatts) of wind and solar energy. Google has also installed a number of solar panels and wind turbines. Not only is the company running on green power, but it’s also increasing its energy efficiency; Google’s data centers are the most energy efficient to date.
In the food industry, McDonald’s has been particularly proactive in switching to a greener way of operating. The fast-food restaurant is using more energy-efficient appliances, and they’ve even taken measures to limit their impact on animal habitats. McDonald’s also created green parking lots that charge electric vehicles.
Your Business Can Make a Difference
While it’s important for large companies to set and achieve sustainability goals, it’s equally important for small businesses to make greener choices. Together, local businesses – no matter how small – can have an impact on the environment and their community when they devote some of their energy to operating sustainably.
At Greener State, we make it easy for your business to run on renewable power, just like Google and Anheuser-Busch. All you have to do is sign up for one of our green energy plans – it only takes a few minutes! Next thing you know, your business is helping to make Alabama greener.