Sustainability Update by Jenna Keany
Keany Produce and Gourmet is making big strides to reduce our carbon footprint and improve our overall efficiency. In the Fall of 2017, we began an extensive overhaul of our warehouse and office lighting fixtures. The project extended over three months, replacing 590 existing fluorescent lighting with smart LED’s throughout our 90,000 square foot facility. The state-of-the-art LED lights are motion activated, and capable of “learning” slow hours of the day in order to better regulate the warehouse and offices. They can also be controlled remotely, and will adjust based on levels of natural light to maximize efficiency. After completing the project in December, 2017, we have saved approximately 30,600 kilowatt hours monthly, increasing our lighting efficiency by 77%. This equates to saving roughly 22.8 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released every month. Over the span of a year, carbon dioxide savings from this initiative total at 273 metric tons, or the equivalent of driving a car around the Earth 28 times! At Keany Produce, green is not only on our trucks, it’s our way of doing business.