Chamber Board Perspective
GOING GREEN MAKES FINANCIAL SENSE
By David Gianelli, Gianelly & Associates
Becoming “Green Certified” was a business decision we made because it is in line with our firm’s efforts to be a leading business in the community and because it makes economic sense. Proactively making improvements to our business is vital to our company culture and it has reduced utility costs for our offices. It is not only the right thing to do, but it also saves money.
The REACON team came to our office and went over a checklist of items that we could implement in order to improve our facility’s environmental footprint. They made some excellent suggestions. The biggest item was the installation of solar panels. With the tax incentives and MID incentives, the panels practically paid for themselves. And with solar installed, we are seeing significantly lower utility costs and we don’t have to worry about rolling blackouts in the hot summer season. This improvement paid for itself in a very short period of time.
We installed tinted, double-paned glass and completed a number of electrical and HVAC improvements that are saving us money while making the office more modern and functional. We put occupancy sensors on all our light switches so that the lights turn on when people walk into each area and turn off automatically when they aren’t needed, and we updated to LED lights both inside and outside wherever possible.
We started a recycling program and donate the proceeds to a local non-profit organization. We upgraded our plumbing with touch-free and low-flow fixtures to make the facilities more user-friendly and sanitary. We used zero-voc paint, which is better for the environment. It has no odor so we were able to have the work done without losing any work hours.
These investments made good business sense because Gianelli & Associates will be in this community for the long-term. We were glad to work with excellent local businesses to implement all of these improvements and we look forward to reaping the rewards.
Join Gianelli & Associates for their Green Ribbon cutting Ceremony and for the Stanislaus Green Team meeting on
Thursday, August 15, starting at 10:00 a.m., 1020 Kirk Lindseyy Center Ste 102, Modesto
(Across from Brenden Theater) Presenting speaker, Dr. Michael O’Brien with Beckwith Veterinary Hospital