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Johnson Controls survey: Energy savings and incentives driving investment decisions

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Energy cost savings, government/utility incentives and rebates, and enhanced brand or public image ranked as the top drivers of energy-efficiency decision-making in the United States and Canada, according to a global survey of building owners and operators and facility managers by Johnson Controls.

"Building owners are investing in energy efficiency because they recognize the financial payback," said Dave Myers, president of Johnson Controls, Building Efficiency. "This year’s survey demonstrates there’s a change underway. The mantra for commercial real estate owners used to be location, location, location – now it’s becoming location, efficiency, location."

Among U.S. and Canadian respondents, interest in energy efficiency jumped 20% from 2011 to 2012, according to the 2012 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator. Sixty-six percent of U.S., and Canadian executives reported in 2011 that energy management was very or extremely important to their organizations, and in 2012 that number increased to 86%. Seventy percent said they were paying more attention to energy in 2012 than in 2011.

Among all regions, the United States/Canada had the largest proportion of organizations investing in energy efficiency (74%). However, only 25% had invested in renewable energy, the lowest among all global regions priorities,

In other U.S./Canadian findings:

  • Forty-six percent of business executives planned to increase spending in the next 12 months, while 39% expected investment to stay the same.
  • The top three energy-efficiency measures adopted in the past 12 months included: lighting improvements (78%), HVAC and/or controls improvements (77%), and water-efficiency improvements (45%).

The 2012 survey is the sixth global EEI survey conduced by Johnson Controls through its Institute for Building Efficiency.

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CVS Caremark’s workforce well-being program recognized by National Business Group on Health

BY CSA STAFF

WOONSOCKET, R.I — CVS Caremark has been selected by the National Business Group on Health as a platinum winner for its 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards. CVS Caremark’s workforce well-being program was noted to be a role model for other companies striving to improve employee health, productivity and well-being.

The award was presented at the Business Group’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C.

"As a pharmacy innovation company, we know our colleagues are our greatest asset and we are committed to their health, careers and well-being," said Lisa Bisaccia, SVP and chief human resources officer for CVS Caremark. "We are excited to be recognized and we thank the National Business Group on Health for this honor."

The three main components of CVS Caremark’s WellRewards program are biometric screenings, health risk assessment and rewards. With the WellRewards program, colleagues earn rewards each time they take a step to improve their well-being, such as getting a preventive screening or flu shot, or joining a smoking cessation, weight loss, EAP or maternity program.

The Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards program, now in its eighth year, acknowledges those employers that have responded to the need to improve their employees’ health, productivity and quality of life. The underlying goal of the program is to encourage all employers to take action.

The National Business Group on Health is a nonprofit, membership organization of large employers devoted to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues and to being the voice for large employers on national healthcare issues.

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Men’s Wearhouse hunts for new CFO

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Neill Davis has resigned as CFO at Men’s Wearhouse.

The specialty retailer announced the departure of Davis and indicated he had accepted the position of president at women’s specialty retailer Francesca’s Holding where he has served as a director for the past five years.

Davis’ last day with Men’s Wearhouse will be Aug. 2, according to the company.

"Neill has been an integral part of our senior management team for the past 15 years and he will be missed. We wish him well in his new endeavor,” said Doug Ewert, Men’s Wearhouse president and CEO.

Filling the CFO void on an interim basis is Diana Wilson, the company’s EVP and chief accounting officer. She will work closely with vice chairman David Edwab, who held the role of CFO from 1991 to 1999.

“We are very fortunate to have both Diana and David available to assist the company as it carefully considers how best to fill the chief financial officer position on a permanent basis,” Ewert said.

Wilson has served as chief accounting officer since 2003 and joined the company in March 1999 following a lengthy career in public accounting.

In addition, the company announced that Kelly Dilts, VP finance and accounting, will become the chief accounting officer.

"Kelly has been with the company since 1998 and has been co-leader of our financial strategies group for the past 10 years,” Ewart said. “She works closely with merchandising, store operations, distribution and other functional groups and has been instrumental in developing our support services teams in Houston."

Men’s Wearhouse is one of North America’s largest specialty retailers of men’s apparel with 1,162 stores.

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