Keeney’s Internal Green Mission.
Our commitment to sustainability recognizes that all business activities are derived from or take place in the natural environment. Based on a long-term perspective and the realization that we are in a closed system, it is easy to see that what is good for the environment is also good for our customers. And being interconnected, what is good for the environment and customers is also good for our employees and our business. We also realize that there are no quick fixes. By paying attention to detail and being a consciously engaged participant, we can all reduce the negative impacts of normal business activities and enjoy the resulting efficiencies.
Below are a few examples of internal measures we have recently undertaken to reduce our own carbon footprint:
- In 2013, Keeney’s completed a retrofit of its warehouse lights at the Redmond location. This has reduced energy consumption by 20% in the past year.
- Keeney’s reduced waste to the landfill by 97% over the past three years. This reduction was a result of company-wide recycling and composting. Items include paper, cardboard, packing material, Styrofoam, pens, markers, CFL light bulbs, wooden pallets, toner cartridges and food scraps.
- Since 2012, Keeney’s has been a member of Forterra’s “C3 Program” which calculates the carbon footprint of our business (on a yearly basis) and in turn plants trees to offset our operational impact on the environment. To date, our team has planted over 250 trees.
- Keeney’s is part of the Green Power buying program with Puget Sound Energy and our monthly contribution (2013) has helped avoid the release of 104,993 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions into the air, providing environmental benefits equivalent to planting 1,221 trees.
- All office printing is set to duplex printing on all office computers and is networked to energy star compliant printers. Keeney’s also uses 100% recycled paper in all printers.
- Styrofoam packaging material is diverted to a company called Styro Recycle, who in turn reduces the mixed material into blocks and sells to their neighboring company to produce newly molded Styrofoam for new products. This decreases production of more Styrofoam, keeps our unwanted Styrofoam out of the landfill, and helps increase the lifespan of a material that takes many years to disappear in the landfill.
- We reuse packing boxes for deliveries. This keeps over 54,000 boxes a year in use, rather than having to create 54,000 new boxes and get rid of 54,000 old ones. Re-use is greener and lower cost than recycling.
- Wood pallets are given to the wood recycler or diverted to neighbors who again would have to purchase these products for their use.
- Keeney’s delivery team uses a Flexible Delivery Manifest System. To respond to constantly changing delivery requirements, we use flexible daily routing of our delivery fleet to maximize route efficiency and truck running time. Each day we alter our delivery routes to shorten the time Keeney’s trucks are on the road. These efforts have enabled us to grow as a business, with more deliveries, and to do them with fewer trucks. Having no engine running is better than an efficient engine running. When appropriate, we also utilize the services of a local delivery company to reach outlying areas where their trucks are already going so we don’t waste resources driving from centralized delivery areas to marginal areas.