Green DC Technology with a Positive ROI
Distribution center shows how to combine sustainability with a positive return on investment.
(Boonton, NJ, May 27, 2010) United Natural Foods distributes organic foods, so it's no surprise that the company has embraced green energy in its DCs.
But United Natural Foods also is a publicly traded company, and its head of sustainability says it goes green only when such a move helps the bottom line.
"If there's no ROI, to me it doesn't make sense," says Tom Dziki, vice president for sustainable development.
In an article in the May issue of industry newsletter Distribution Center Management, Dziki explains how the company meets is profit and sustainability goals. He also offers readers helpful advice including the following tips for going green:
- Look at lighting. Energy-efficient bulbs and motion detectors are an easy way to cut costs.
- Tune up your HVAC. Simple maintenance can make your systems more efficient.
- Look for tax breaks. Federal and state governments are encouraging investment in green technology.
- Talk to your utility. Most utilities offer incentives to customers who install energy-saving systems.
- Do your homework. Understand the costs and benefits of any sustainability effort. This will let you know whether the project makes sense.
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