Go Green – and cut costs – with Dayton Regional Green 3
Want to conserve resources and save money at the same time? Consider joining hundreds of other area organizations by becoming Dayton Regional Green 3 (DRG3) certified.
DRG3 certification offers a way for businesses, nonprofit organizations, and even home offices to establish environmentally friendly practices and get credit for it. At the same time, they can reduce operational costs by adopting measures that save energy, water, supplies, and more.
The certification serves as a checklist of sorts for operational decision making. The focus on day-to-day operations offers flexibility for owners with older buildings and for tenants who don’t own their building but want to be certified. In fact, separate certifications are available for building owners and tenants.
The application process is straightforward, and there is no cost to apply (although there is a minimum fee to recertify every two years). To qualify for certification, applicants must meet six mandatory requirements, including having a recycling program and completing an energy audit. Some businesses may also be eligible for a free energy audit or may not be required to complete one at all. They must also meet a number of requirements in five categories:
- Healthy Employees
- Materials and Resources
- Sustainable Sites
The result? The potential for lower costs on everything from utilities to purchasing. DRG3 certified organizations also qualify for enhanced DP&L rebates, inclusion in the DRG3 Green Certified Business Directory, and access to exclusive networking opportunities. And don’t underestimate the potential to attract environmentally conscious consumers and employees.
The process to achieve DRG3 Green Certificates has not been difficult; however, it may require some persistence. We rely on our Clients assistance to provide information and/or complete certain tasks, and may require follow up with them. The process also provides areas where we could reduce energy costs either through modification of operations or replacement of inefficient equipment.
DRG3 is overseen by the Dayton Regional Green Task Force. For more information about the certification as well as resources and tips for conserving resources, visit their website at www.drg3.org.
Want to enhance your building performance and cut expenses? Contact Kevin Kiger at 937.293.0900 to learn more about energy conservation measures you can put in place today.