CIET trainer, Ed Rubinstein shares ideas he’s found useful in raising awareness and engaging people in energy management.
Quick…when I say “energy awareness program”, what do you think? Posters? Presentations? Those little “please turn off when you leave” notes stuck by light switches?
If you did, you’re not alone…I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people equate energy awareness with a one-way flow of information. And while posters, presentations and stickers may play a role in an awareness program, if they’re playing the lead role, chances are they’re not worth, quite frankly, the energy (and money) you’re putting into them.
Unfortunately, there are no standard templates or quick fixes when it comes to energy awareness, and a good program will take time — there’s no way around it. But there are a few general ideas that I have found useful in raising awareness and engaging people around energy management.
All of these ideas (as well as the many we don’t have space to write about here) are connected. The way you apply them will be specific to you, your organisation, and the people you’re dealing with. It will take time and effort, but a good awareness program will pay off in the long run with an energy management program that’s more sustainable and ultimately, in my experience, more successful than one that does not incorporate awareness.
Ed Rubinstein is a trainer in CIET’s Certified Energy Manager (CEM) course. Ed is the Energy & Environment Manager at the University Health Network. He’s been leading the hospital’s many environment programs since 1999 and has helped UHN become a leader in greening health care. Both UHN and Ed’s leadership in the field of “greening health care” have been recognized by several awards, including from the Ontario Hospital Association, Natural Resources Canada, Practice Greenhealth and the Canadian Council of Ministers for the Environment.
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