Washington state is a national leader in innovation; that extends to the ways our businesses are serving as leaders in environmental stewardship. MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, a facilities company which designs, builds and retrofits buildings throughout the state, is an example of this commitment to environmental leadership.
Mark Webster, the executive vice president says, “We are committed to drive out waste in absolutely every activity,” and this commitment shows in their results. In the Puget Sound region alone, MacDonald-Miller has saved building owners more than $2.1 billion and reduced carbon emissions by 17,724 metric tons annually. For instance, the retrofit of the downtown-Seattle Washington Athletic Club has resulted in a 25% reduction in energy use. These projects make financial sense because companies reduce their electric bills, but they also significantly reduce emissions.
One of the biggest hurdles businesses face is acquiring the financing required to fund energy efficiency improvements. For many businesses, small, locally-owned businesses especially, it can be extremely expensive to purchase either the equipment or make other investments to reduce emissions. This unfortunately, can impede progress for some businesses. MacDonald-Miller has created solutions which allow for no upfront costs, but which promise energy savings in the first year. They’ve also developed a program specifically for non-profits.
These programs help businesses make investments in carbon reducing technologies. Companies like MacDonald-Miller are developing solutions without government regulations. They are finding market-based solutions to both reduce costs and reduce emissions. Something we can all get behind.