– This week Intel Ireland launched ‘Reduce our Energy’, a local community initiative to help schools and businesses in the Leixlip area save energy and costs.
– The program involves a number of different aspects of energy management being provided to a total of ten Leixlip schools and businesses.
– The launch of the program coincides with Earth Week 2011 which Intel Ireland is supporting in a number of different ways.
This week Intel Ireland launched ‘Reduce our Energy’, a local community initiative to help schools and businesses in the Leixlip and Maynooth areas save energy and costs. This exciting new program promotes energy awareness and focuses on energy management and reduction at the participating organisations. The initiative also helps to demonstrate the benefits of technology in increasing energy awareness and allowing people effectively manage their usage.
The program, which has been developed by Intel, involves a number of different aspects of energy management being provided to a total of ten Leixlip and Maynooth schools and businesses. The first phase of the initiative involved each of the participant premises being fitted out with a power metering device that captures energy usage data which is then fed to a real-time tracking solution accessible by members of the initiative through a specially designed online interface.
The gathering of this important data can then be used to develop reports illustrating energy usage patterns and associated cost saving measures that can be taken by users based on these reports.
In addition to the provision of the hardware and software solution for the member groups, Intel is putting in place employee ambassadors who will work directly with the program participants to help them to understand their energy usage and drive education and cost savings.
The information gathered through the program will also play an important role in informing sustainability research that is currently being undertaken by the Innovation Open Lab team located at the Leixlip campus.
Speaking at the launch, Intel’s External Relations Manager, Lisa Harlow said “We are delighted to launch this new program and to collaborate with a number of our community partners in delivering important energy reductions. I think that this initiative is a fantastic example of Intel’s commitment to sustainability and one which has huge potential to raise awareness of energy reduction and enhance behaviours towards energy usage”.
The launch of the program coincides with Earth Week 2011 which Intel Ireland is supporting in a number of different ways. In addition to sharing this new program, Intel employees will take part in awareness events at the Leixlip campus and volunteer projects with a green focus. One of these volunteer projects involves a group of 30 Intel employees taking part in a special clean up initiative at Castletown House in Celbridge which will involve an afternoons’ work in the forest area. The event is one of only a small number of projects that have been selected from across Europe to be the subject of a special video that is being created to coincide with 2011 being the dedicated European Year of Volunteering.
And just last week Intel Ireland was honourd with The ‘Green Corporate Citizen’ accolade at the Green Awards 2011. The prestigious award recognises an organisation that demonstrates commitment and leadership in environmentally focused corporate social responsibility.
Further images from the event can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55550679@N03/sets/72157626534871352/
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