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Gap Technologies, Inc. Joins The Green Business Bureau
GAP’s most significant recent sustainability projects include switching to solar energy and the conversion of a 500 square foot section of parking lot to a wildflower bee garden. While both initiatives are expected to greatly reduce—or even offset entirely—the carbon footprint of the office and staff, the greater success is the visibility of projects. Due to the scale and outdoor location of the solar energy and wildflower garden projects, the initiatives have generated awareness among staff and community for the importance of positive environmental action. While the garden serves its intended purpose of providing habitat for endangered bees, it also serves to beautify the office, helping to build an appreciation for nature among staff and neighbors. This, coupled with company-‐provided secure bicycle storage areas, has encouraged employee adoption of greener modes of transportation and general adoption of greener daily behaviors, such as mindful conservation of resources and recycling. The greater success of these projects lies in their ability to inspire others to go green.
In going green, GAP expects to realize its most significant savings on energy costs. Their most ambitious project has been the installation of some 40 solar panels to provide a green energy source for their datacenter and physical office. Based on average energy consumption for the office, GAP expects the solar panels will produce up to 150% of the average daily energy consumed by the office. GAP will receive service credits through a net metering arrangement with a regional energy provide, which may give them the ability to completely offset energy costs. They have also realized savings through other green measures, such as saving on heating costs by reconfiguring air ducts to makes use of heat energy from the server room; saving on paper costs by setting duplex printer defaults; and saving on energy costs by relying on natural lighting and ventilation whenever possible; and improving building insulation.
For more information on Gap Technologies, Inc., please visit http://info.smartevals.com. For more information on the GBB program, please visit http://www.gbb.org.