Leading AV solutions specialist, Christie, is celebrating ten years of implementing environmental measures designed to significantly reduce its carbon footprint.
The company’s Environmental Management System (EMS) encompasses waste reduction, recycling, water and electricity reduction as well as facility and operational improvements.
“We’ve introduced numerous programs to reduce our carbon footprint, ” commented Chairman, President and CEO Jack Kline. “These initiatives are an investment in the future. I want Christie to set an example for other companies; we take this seriously and don’t intend on slowing down.”
Christie has installed 2, 190 solar panels on the Ushio (Christie’s parent company) and Christie office buildings in Cypress, California. The installation generates 833, 000 kWh a year, reducing CO2 emissions by 814, 807 pounds and power consumption by up to 28 percent. Christie MicroTiles® in the buildings' foyers display the amount of energy that the solar panels produce in real-time.
At Christie’s manufacturing headquarters in Kitchener, Ontario, a 35, 000ft² warehouse was converted to office space using eco-friendly techniques aligned with LEED Gold. The facility boasts daylight harvesting, energy conserving lighting with high-efficiency HVAC automation, sound masking and carefully selected interior materials.
Kline says that engaging employees with Christie’s environmental policies is key: “There is always a tendency to believe that the efforts of individuals are insignificant, but working together with everyone engaged creates a meaningful result.”
In 2014, a project driven by employees led Christie to be one of the first manufacturing companies in the region to remove LDPE#4 foam from its waste stream.
“We only have one planet and it’s up to all of us to take care of it, ” added Kline. “Ten years ago, when we started our environmental management programme, we took this very seriously; we wanted all of our employees to be a part of it. To do so, we had to create a vision, and that was to constantly improve what we’re doing to preserve the environment.”