Everybody wins in Boeing’s energy-reduction battle

There is nothing like a little friendly competition to show how when Boeing competes, the planet wins with reduced energy use. In Boeing’s inaugural site-wide Battle of the Buildings competition this past April, North Boeing Field in Seattle, Wash. reigned supreme out of 47 sites in six countries. The Everett, Wash. site also emerged as a winner, rounding out the list of energy saving leaders with a bronze award.

North Boeing Field employees adopted a variety of energy-saving actions, from turning off lights and equipment when not in use, to projects with bigger impacts like adjusting ventilation system motors and improving processes in their paint hangar. “Adjusting motor speeds is a good way to reduce equipment energy use by up to 50 percent or more; it also reduces wear and tear on ventilation equipment,” said Beth Gilbertson, Boeing Facilities resource and utility conservation specialist.

Paint hangars at North Boeing Field make use of paint that cures at lower temperatures, requiring significantly less energy for the drying process.

The competition also sparked impressive energy reduction at other Washington sites. In Auburn and Frederickson, Washington, employees powered off lights during just one weekend overnight shift in an area where nobody was working. This simple action saved enough energy to power 31 average homes for an entire month.

Twenty-three Boeing sites reduced their energy use, with 12 locations saving 10 percent or more throughout the competition. Those savings helped reduce Boeing’s overall energy consumption by 1.6 percent, or enough to power nearly 4,000 average homes for a year.

“Extraordinary employee participation demonstrates Boeing’s commitment to the environment,” said Steve Shestag, Environment Director. “Activities like this reflect our aspirations as the best in aerospace and an enduring global industrial champion.”

Boeing’s new environment strategy, publicly released in June 2018, includes targets to reduce energy use by 10 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by the year 2025.

More in Marketplace

Big cash discounts remain for wood stove replacement

Marysville fireplace dealers helping extend Clean Air program in Snohomish County

Self-care takes many forms in Snohomish County

Many area residents turn to cannabis products for help with anxiety, stress

5 reasons to put YOU at the top of your to-do list

Caring for ourselves is key this time of year

Discover the power of healthy living – naturally!

Free education nights explore benefits of CBD

Multi-pronged prevention measures target opioid crisis

How you can help prevent opioid misuse in your home and community

Civility is Still Alive and Well in Our Courts

Perhaps no one would argue with the fact that our public discourse… Continue reading

Bridging the digital divide in Washington

Comcast’s Internet Essentials program has connected nearly 340,000 in Washington State

Automotive peace of mind comes easily in Everett

With loaner cars and quality customer service, Everett shops make it worthwhile to pay a visit

Discover in-home care with a human touch

Western Washington care provider creates a caring, responsive team with you at the centre

Mary’s Place computer literacy workshops help families build confidence

John is an attendee of Computer Literacy Workshops being held this month… Continue reading

Live Happy, Live Healthy: Take an Active Approach to Your Wellness Journey

When Remedy Tulalip opened its doors, it did so under a simple,… Continue reading

Comcast honors Marysville students

Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program awards $95,000 in scholarships to Washington students