|[February 28, 2013]
Ecova Announces the Ecova Blueprint
SPOKANE, Wash. --(Business Wire)--
a total energy and sustainability management company, today announced
the availability of The
Ecova BlueprintTM, a framework for total energy and
sustainability management (TESM). The Blueprint, built on five
Keystones, is a holistic approach to energy and sustainability
management that serves as a guide to companies working to develop a
proactive, strategic and actionable TESM plan.
Ecova developed the Blueprint based on more than a decade of work with
over 700 commercial and industrial clients, including 24 percent of the
Fortune 500, to give companies a path to understand the bigger picture
of energy and sustainability and how they can implement a strategy that
has lasting effects for both business and environment.
"Companies are juggling dwindling resources at increased costs, and
consumers are demanding good corporate citizenship in the form of
increased sensitivity to the environment and societal issues," said Jeff
Heggedahl, CEO, Ecova. "Sustainability is no longer a feel-good measure
to bolster brand reputation - it's table stakes in today's business
environment, and Ecova's Blueprint will help companies take their
programs to the next level."
The Blueprint identifies five critical Keystones that create the
foundation for a successful and lasting TESM plan:
Data: Data empowers intelligent decision-making, which helps
organizations focus resources on high-impact areas and provides
quantitative feedback critical for making decisions.
People: Employee commitment and ongoing engagement are critical
to the success of any change initiative that relies on innovatin,
cross-organizational coordination and continuous improvement.
Infrastructure: Infrastructure and operational innovations are
speeding up as the imperative for efficiency, renewable energy and
closed-loop material systems grow.
Marketing and Reporting: Communicating accurately and
effectively with customers, shareholders, and other stakeholders
maximizes the value of companies' sustainability efforts by enhancing
Continual Improvement: Enduring success will be predicated on
organizations' embrace of constant reassessment of results and
"Companies today need a clear roadmap to create a strategic energy and
sustainability plan that meets increasing consumer, investor and
employee demands," said Samantha Price, industry analyst with Verdantix.
Ecova Blueprint provides a holistic process to enable companies to
create, measure and improve their efforts against core sustainability
and environmental metrics."
"Companies that implement a total energy and sustainability management
plan with the Blueprint can see profound results, such as 20 percent
reductions in utility costs and the ability to speak confidently and
effectively to the 72 percent of U.S. consumers who believe it is
important to buy from responsible companies," said Heggedahl.
Ecova is the total energy and sustainability management company
whose sole purpose is to see
more, and sustain
more for its clients. Using insights based on consumption, cost and
carbon footprint data spanning thousands of utilities, hundreds of
thousands of business sites and millions of households, Ecova provides
fully managed, technology-optimized solutions for saving resources,
which in turn increase returns, lower risks, and enhance reputations.
Ecova is the largest non-regulated subsidiary of Avista Corp (NYSE:AVA)
For more information, visit the company's website at ecova.com,
on LinkedIn (News - Alert) at linkd.in/ecovainc,
or follow Ecova on Twitter (News - Alert) at @ecovainc.
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