Cutting Energy Use in Existing Assets


Joe Stern, facilities manager, West Marine, spoke about the company’s energy goals.

Maximizing energy usage in existing stores was among the issues highlighted in

“Up to 60% of these factors can be corrected remotely,” Nark said. “And the remainder require active maintenance dispatch.”

Nark told attendees that chains can make a commitment to the environment by focusing on existing stores and adopting sustainable energy-conservation practices. The greatest opportunity, he added, lies in optimizing the energy-related assets already in place.

West Marine: Joe Stern, facilities manager, West Marine, Watsonville, Calif., discussed how the boating supplies and accessories chain has integrated sustainability into its operations.

West Marine’s short-term goals include a 10% reduction in utility consumption in 2008. To achieve this, the company has implemented a number of measures, including the utilization of high-efficiency HVAC replacements and low-impact fixtures and equipment, and employee training. It also identified its worst-performing stores via an energy-efficiency profile.

Stern said that Prenova provides a number of energy-management-related services to West Marine, including utility-bill payment and audit and price-risk management. It also provides proactive diagnosis and real-time remediation of problems that may pop up.

West Marine’s conservation efforts are paying off, according to Stern.

“Our stores and support centers are operating at a lower cost with less impact on the environment,” he said.

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