Motive Power Continues Green Initiative

A few weeks ago, some Motive Power staffers attended a conference in San Diego and discovered Veloz.  Veloz builds on the success of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, a public-private partnership founded in 2010 to convene, collaborate and communicate on emerging electric car market trends, address challenges and enable strong market growth. We are looking into ways we might partner with this organization as part of our company-wide dedication to going green. In the first quarter of 2019, Motive Power made a number of changes to the ways we do things around the office. From composting in our San Francisco office to subsidizing public transit costs, Motive Power is determined to make changes to our carbon footprint.

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We Are Making Some Progress on Going Green!

We are making some progress on the green front!    Here are some updates:  Surveying our Greenness: We asked, and you delivered. Last December, the Green Team sent out a survey about your daily commutes. We collected your data, analyzed it, and used it to inform our group’s priorities. Be on the lookout for a 2-page report summary – coming soon!  Thank you Jim!    Changing What We PurchaseThis quarter, we were more cognizant of the items we bought for our MP offices: how they’re produced, packaged and shipped matters to us. Among myriad other purchasing decisions, we placed a ban on plastic bottles – effective immediately – and are brainstorming ways on how to reduce our plastic overall.  Also – we have changed our approach to swag for conferences we sponsor – and luckily we are in line with a bunch of other cool companies making this change as well!  Thank you Carly and Kelley for helping come up with earth-friendly ideas for our professional front at conferences!  Composting Where We CanWe decided to look a step beyond recycling and see what else we could do with our offices’ waste. Compositing was the immediate answer. We have looked into composting options at all our office locations, and are starting with San Francisco. Shout out to Jon, who is leading the composting effort at 580!  Cleaning Up Our BeachesWe weren’t able to participate on our Jenner Beach cleanup, but mark your calendars, because it’s been rescheduled for the day of our Town Hall! Location is Flood Relief at Laguna de Santa Rosa.  Xela found this option for us, THANK YOU XELA!  Getting CertifiedThe Green Team looked into our options for green certifications this quarter as well. We’re still determining which certification is right for us and worth the effort, but we’ve been in talks with a few groups.  SubsidizingPublic TransitBig news: we are considering subsidizing public transit costs, to make your commute to work greener! We understand some regions are better equipped with public transit options than others, but we’re excited to encourage greener habits, no matter how small. Thank you Paul for the idea!   CEO ChangesLastly – I have made a switch in my house that has been awesome – we used to use paper towels for napkins at the dinner table – I have switched to cloth napkins and seen my paper towel usage plummet!  All for about $20.00!  Try it! If you have thoughts on how we can get more green, please share them with us at green.motive@motive-power.com.  Cheers! Angel CEO Motive Power

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2019 is The Year Motive Power Goes Green—All The Way

As consultants specializing in utilities, we are often on the forefront of leading campaigns for energy to migrate to green. And in the next year, we will be taking our own additional steps to go green in our own company, in our own lives. Walk the walk! Motive Power has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to environmental charities and causes such as NRDC, Oceans Conservancy, Union of Concerned Scientist and Charity: Water. But we can and will do more. The risk of not changing is far too great—as demonstrated in the recent IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report distributed worldwide in October (BBC coverage). We must act! Particularly inspirational was the 2018 Dreamforce Conference in San Francisco. Salesforce managed to throw a conference for 177,000 attendees with a keen eye and attention to detail around environmental impact—going so far as to have garbage can attendants at every garbage can for compost and plastics handling, feeding nearly 200,000 people in biodegradable containers, and even inviting Al Gore as a keynote speaker to update us on the current state of the environment. While our company is currently less than 100 individuals, we can make a difference in our immediate surroundings. We are establishing a corporate plan to achieve this goal in 2019. This plan will be a governing document explaining our company’s environmental responsibilities: what we buy, where and how we travel and on what intervals, how we recycle and reuse, and how we contribute to the greater cause through opportunities to clean up our one and only planet. Once established, we will share this corporate plan with our clients and colleagues and be vocal about our corporate approach. As we develop our corporate plan to go green, some of the initiatives that we already encourage all of our employees to embrace include: Grow your own fruits and vegetables when you can Compost whenever possible Use reusable glass instead of plastic, and support companies who minimize their plastic packaging Replace you or your children’s disposable lunch materials Buy local whenever possible Use a carbon calculator—we’ll be using one for the company impact soon! Watch your water usage—reuse water for irrigation and capture rain Consider solar energy for your home Drive electric vehicles or use electric public transportation   There are really so MANY ways to do this!  All it takes it thoughtfulness and initiative—and Motive Power as a company and as a team is committed to making it happen.

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