RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—RTI International was recognized for its achievement in green strategy at the 2011 Alexander Hamilton Best Practices Summit and Awards (AHA) sponsored by Treasury & Risk magazine.
RTI received the bronze prize in the Best Green Strategy category, which rewards projects, programs and initiatives in which the corporate treasury or finance department is taking a leading role. These include promoting any one of the following areas or a combination: environmental awareness, conservation, social responsibility, greening the supply chain and sustainable business models.
The award was granted based on RTI's efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle office supplies, materials and equipment associated with the move of staff members from the 800 Park office to the newly constructed LEED office building on RTI's main campus. The effort, known as the "Spread the Love Campaign," diverted more than 42 tons of materials from landfills and, more importantly, allowed more than 8 tons of these materials to be reused by local schools, nonprofit organizations and United Way agencies.
Now in its 16th year, the awards program recognizes excellence in finance and treasury management and honors the best and the brightest from treasury and finance departments at top companies around the world.
Treasury & Risk's judging panel of five industry experts selected the finalists in the 10 award categories and the overall winner from a record number of entries.
"The judges noted that the sophistication and complexity of the projects as well as the number of entries continue to increase each year," said Donna Miskin, editor-in-chief of Treasury & Risk magazine. "This reflects the strategic and vital role that treasury and finance executives now play in creating value for their companies."
Other major facilities initiatives completed or started in 2011 in corporate sustainability include the following:
- Installation of a campus electricity sub-metering system that tracks electrical usage in all 22 buildings on main campus. All data has been made available to RTI staff members via RTI's utility dashboard, providing both real-time and historical consumption.
- Development of a retro-commissioning program for the campus facilities to identify and implement low-cost operational and maintenance improvements in existing buildings that reduce energy consumption. Also, development of a campus energy program that outlines energy usage guidelines for staff members.
- The purchase, with financial assistance from the State Energy Office, of three neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) that were added to RTI's maintenance vehicle fleet that serves its main campus.
- Launch of a comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions inventory.