This morning IFMA Boston’s Sustainability Committee held a very thought-provoking panel on Energy & Water Conservation, hosted by Raytheon. The session featured a panel of FMs and decision makers from Raytheon who were gracious enough to share some of the best practices they’ve found successful in terms of monitoring energy consumption, managing costs and communicating the importance of energy consumption across a large, multi-campus organization.
Those of us in the audience came away with a series of steps and proven methods for making a realistic, successful commitment to energy and water conservation within our organizations. It was inspiring to hear the success stories Raytheon shared about outside-of-the-box engagement methods used to communicate the real-world impact of energy usage including: internal energy workshops and “Gemba Walks,” a practice that was influenced by lean manufacturing theories. At the crux of their communications, we learned, was the power of data. Raytheon facilities personnel believe strongly that “you can’t manage what you don’t measure,” and that phrase provides their teams with words to live by. Using performance data (gathered on a monthly, weekly, daily and sometimes hourly basis), Raytheon works continuous energy performance improvement on a wide range of internal systems and operations. The combination of an abundance of data and Internet-based, real-time reporting allows the firm to not only identify problem areas for a timely reaction and response, but also enables them to set future goals and benchmarks.
Congratulations to the Sustainability Committee for organizing such an informative session, and thank you to Raytheon for your insight and hospitality!