Sustainability vs Change: Is Going Green Worth the Green?

Sustainability vs Change: Is Going Green Worth the Green?

by Dylan Caraker

Kermit the Frog’s lament, “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green” is a song about the difficulties of being green in an ever-changing world. This retro song, however, has deep resonance in the present day.

The increased pressure from society to “go green” and become more sustainable has previously been a no-win proposition to managers. In former years, managers were forced to confront the challenge of helping the environment at a substantial cost or harm their business’s revenue.

However, in the past 15 years, a thought has emerged that promises to fulfill the needs of both environmental and economic concerns. In this new business world, both workplaces and the environment can emerge the victors. Being green no longer comes at the cost of doing business; it is now the change agent for innovating, new opportunity and profitability. Additionally, going green has become an alluring catchphrase to entice new clientele. With this direction, the “fad” of going green and sustainability initiatives are just getting started.

To modern members of the workforce and investors, the idea that environmental management can result in direct profit for your business has great appeal. In a greener world, managers are now more eager to redesign new automated systems to prevent harmful chemicals or stop the depletion of wasteful materials. If successful, going green often results in cutting costs and inventory savings. However, with tight budgets hindering you, how can you make a difference in your facility?

Becoming green can appear to be a daunting task, especially when you cannot afford a major overhaul that puts into place a multitude of sustainability initiatives. As Kermit so aptly states, “people tend to pass you over ‘cause you’re not standing out.” You as a business do not want to blend in because you are not involved in the going green trend, but you cannot afford to jeopardize profitability by financing a large change in a short period of time.  However, the Envelop companies have solutions which will ensure you can go green affordably while not also being overlooked.

The best way to get started is to start small. Envelop’s attention to detail and planning in advance for seasonal and environmental changes reduces facility maintenance cost and supports ongoing facility needs. Their adjustments to automated systems and air filtration, for example, may appear minute at first glance, but they create significant changes over time. Little changes throughout your facilities can lead to long-term benefits for both your employees’ health and your business’s bottom line. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings and facilities across America account for one-third of all energy, water and materials consumption. Buildings and the indoor air quality (IAQ) also affect our health. The EPA actually states that indoor air pollution is in the top-five for environmental health risks. Some small ways to make a big impact are to replace old parts, perform a seasonal review, receive training and have routine inspections.

Kermit the Frog has it right: being different is hard. Going green and being “that” facility used to be a faux pas. However, just as the title of Kermit’s song has become obsolete, so has the thought that sustainability is of the moment instead of the future. Furthermore, with the Envelop team at your side, you can easily adjust through the growing pains of becoming green and meet Kermit in solidarity.

In a world where “green is all there is to be,” it is time to invite the Envelop team to come in and evaluate your facility. From pre to post-installation of systems, Envelop is available to provide ongoing consultation and services. No matter if it be software updates or training to install part replacements, we are your ongoing facility systems partner.