With the belief that “what gets measured gets done,” C&S has embarked on an ambitious program to perform energy audits and sustainability analyses of all our buildings and operations.
Benchmark data is being collected and tracked for: refrigeration/air conditioning, electricity, propane, propane for materials handling equipment, natural gas, and water. Careful monitoring helps us recognize when usage is higher than expected and quickly correct the situation.
Our next step in reducing our environmental footprint is a comprehensive plan to improve energy conservation and to reduce consumption at our sites.
Minimizing Our Environmental Footprint
We have begun implementing energy efficiency measures in our warehouses including systems that automatically dim lights when no one is in an aisle, installing dock doors with high R-value and U-Factors, and replacing wood pallets with long-lasting plastic.
Hydropower, considered by many to be a clean and renewable energy source, currently provides over 40% of the energy at the C&S distributions centers in the Greater Buffalo, NY area. We are studying the feasibility of buying green power for additional locations to reduce the environmental impact of our electricity use and to support renewable energy generation nationwide.