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Meanwhile, HD Supply also launched an awareness campaign for employees to conserve. "Green reminder" signs hang about the facilities, prompting people to shut down their computers, turn off lights, and power down other business equipment, such as projectors, when not in use. This campaign has proven effective as well, saving the company more than 300,000 kilowatt hours, producing savings of at least $18,000.
Saldanha says the company has gleaned some important lessons from the successes of its green-tech initiatives. Among them: "We've eliminated the outdated notions that corporate environmental responsibility translates to expense and low-impact results," he says. "Our IT team's initiative demonstrates that we can take responsibility for our environmental impact while driving cost savings, greater efficiencies, and significant positive impact to productivity and other operational needs."
Moreover, Saldanha has discovered just how excited employees can be about embracing green initiatives. "What started out as an assignment for some of our IT team members is now a passion to raise the bar and produce even greater results," he says. "Now that we've seen what green projects can accomplish, there is a sense of anticipation and excitement about what we will tackle next."