August 28, 2013

Last week, my colleagues and I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 BetterBricks Awards, an event honoring industry leaders in sustainable building. Our client, Jodenne Scott of Shari’s Restaurant was presented an award for the Building Management category.

BetterBricks is a commercial building initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance with a goal to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency best practices among building professionals. The BetterBricks Awards are presented to “standout individuals who lead the way in building, designing, operating and advocating for high-performance commercial buildings in the Northwest,” and Jodenne was a perfect candidate for the award!

With the majority of its restaurants in the Northwest, Shari’s is a staple of family dining and those who love pie! What is less known about Shari’s is their commitment to energy and water reductions. In 2008, Jodenne began working with Ecova to reduce resource consumption at Shari’s restaurants. Since the initial engagement, Shari’s has reduced its overall energy consumption by 8.5% and its water use by 17%. They achieved these impressive reductions through a commitment to continual investment in resource efficiency upgrades, staff training, and tracking and measuring their progress. Jodenne has overseen the installation of several projects including lighting upgrades, ENERGY STAR® equipment, irrigation control systems, and electric car charging stations.

Jodenne’s ingenuity, strategic implementation of measures, and savvy for acquiring utility incentives has created an ingrained resource efficiency program at Shari’s that promises to add to their savings well into the future. Congratulations, Jodenne – well done!

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Posted by Paul Kuck

Vice President of Marketing