Energy Star Portfolio Manager has introduced waste benchmarking! For facilities that have participated in the Tourism Vancouver building performance benchmarking study, you’ll be aware of the value of benchmarking energy and water use intensity.
Once you have created an ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager account you’ll be able to input and track your waste benchmarking. Like energy, waste management is a cost that you can control and reduce. And as with energy, you can’t manage what you don’t measure, so the first step to reducing your facility’s waste output is to measure that output. This is particularly helpful when you have multiple waste hauling streams and charitable food diversion programs.
With the new waste benchmarking features that launched in August, you’ll be able to track 29 types of waste, including construction materials, paper, batteries, kitchen waste, furniture and textiles. You’ll also be able to specify how much of each type of waste was recycled, donated or reused, composted, or disposed. Once you start tracking your waste output, you’ll be able to see your annual totals per disposal method, cost metrics related to waste management, and your diversion rate (i.e. the percentage of waste that was recycled, donated/reused, or composted instead of disposed). Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to make a plan to reduce your waste output and divert as much as possible, reducing both your costs and your environmental footprint.
To find out how to start benchmarking your facility or business, contact Gwendal Castellan, Tourism Energy Specialist at Tourism Vancouver at 604 631 2875.