By Peter C. Golotko, CPA/PFS, MBA and Sherrie Morgan, Director of Marketing & Public Relations.
CPS Investment Advisors in downtown Lakeland focuses every day on creating a better future in many ways. The team works diligently to help clients plan a healthy retirement, but what you may not know is there’s a “behind the scenes effort” to produce a healthier environment for future generations.
As clients get educated on their personal financial initiatives, the company is saving thousands of dollars a year working in a greener environment.
Above the three story building, sits a row of solar panels turning the sun’s light into electricity. Two-hundred panels help conserve energy while saving the firm nearly a thousand dollars a month in utility costs. Inside the beautifully renovated building on East Orange Street, you’ll find LED lighting with light switches sensitive to motion. In the stairwells and in the offices, the lights turn off when employees leave the area. Even the bathrooms are environmentally friendly. The sinks have a sensor to conserve water usage and you can choose whether to use a hand dryer or paper towel.
When it comes to paper, this financial company scans as much as possible. There are also four shred stations supplied by Crown Shredding. In the last year, CPS has recycled more than 12,700 pounds of paper. As a result, Crown Shredding says 109 trees has been saved, 639 cubic yards of landfill space has been spared, more than 2,000 gallons of oil has been conserved along with more than 44,000 gallons of water. The effort has also conserved more than 30,000 kilowatt hours of energy. Toner cartridges for printers are also recycled after use, but it doesn’t stop there.
Another green attribute includes the recycle bin outside the building and when tossing away a recyclable, many employees choose to take the stairs to do so. The company has a Fit Bit program encouraging and rewarding employees to stay active throughout the work day. This goes hand in hand with the firm’s green strides as most employees skip the elevator, which also conserves energy. With each day comes thoughts to do even more conservation. CPS will soon be adding Nest thermostats to help cool and heat the building in the most efficient way possible.
At the end of the day, every measure can make a difference and here’s one more business working hard to be a good steward in the community now and for generations to come.