Resources Now Available for Member Companies Looking to Become Green Teleports
(New York City, December 2, 2009) -- The World Teleport Association launched a new "Green Teleport” campaign today to help its members improve their energy efficiency, slash energy costs and make their energy-dependent businesses more sustainable. Kicking off with publication of a white paper, "The Green Teleport: The Business Case for Sustainability,” the campaign includes online resources to help members start reducing costs and carbon, a survey of current energy management practices and concerns, and two events taking place during SATELLITE 2010 in Washington DC: a Members Forum meeting to explore the issue, and presentation of WTA’s first-ever Green Teleport Award during the annual Teleport Awards for Excellence.
"Teleports spend between $300,000 and $1 million every year to power everything from transmission systems and information technology to HVAC and lighting,” said Robert Bell, Executive Director of WTA. "Basic operational efficiencies and energy conservation practices can help teleports cut their energy bill anywhere from 20-40%. Energy efficiency and environmental sustainability are important goals in themselves but can also make for more profitable businesses. Our goal is to provide the resources and support to help our member teleports achieve their green objectives.”
With the assistance of industry veteran Mary Frost Distler, WTA has compiled a resource center on its Web site for member companies. Frost, former Chief Executive Officer at GlobeCast America and founder of the newly formed Power to Change US, recently completed advanced energy technology studies at the New York Institute of Technology. According to Frost, "There are several phases to a successful energy management solution, beginning with an audit to uncover quick, easy energy-saving fixes that can have a major impact on the bottom line.”
The Energy Audit Checklist is one of the many documents available on WTA’s Web site. The new white paper, also available on the Web site, provides an overview of energy management including a look into what teleport operators have successfully accomplished in their transition to greener facilities. Other resources include inks to key web sites and online tools, as well as white papers and case studies.
On March 15, WTA will hold its second Member Forum, which will focus on "Best Practices in Energy and Carbon Reduction and Energy Independence.” The Forum will once again be held at the Washington DC office of Paul Hastings. Then on March 16, during the exclusive Teleport Awards for Excellence luncheon held during SATELLITE 2010, WTA will present the first annual Green Teleport of the Year award.
More information on the Teleport Awards for Excellence, the Green Teleport resources and WTA’s Member Forum can be found on the Web site at www.worldteleport.org.
About World Teleport Association Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (www.worldteleport.org) has been the only trade association that focuses on the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations. Companies that do business with teleports also find that WTA is the best investment they can make to open new channels to the industry.