Buoy engineering by Henri O. Berteaux

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Of course, an effective way to gain respect is to have something worthwhile to say. This means a first order of business is to do the homework; be knowledgeable about key issues and be sensitive as to how much your audience needs, or wants, to know. Position of Authority A place at the management table brings with it a lot more than a chair and a nameplate. A seat at the management table tells the organization that sustainability is important. It offers you visible and implied support. It also offers you a venue to be heard by top management and the board.

Every day we are faced with hundreds of small decisions and seldom care enough to ask the right questions—or get the answers. There is a serious question, however, as to whether we should. If we did the research each time we are confronted with such choices, we’d very likely become paralyzed into a non-decision mode. Where is the line on sufficient information? Another supplier we all use, utilities, may come in varying shades of green. Their primary source of fuel (which may vary with the time of day) may become a key factor in your energy shopping.

It is old hat. The EE financial incentives are harder to come by, but they do exist. State and federal funds are available. If we are to come close to closing the gap in future energy demands, EE is going to require much more attention. To help us get there, the energy service company (ESCO) industry offers a lot of promise. ESCOs guarantee that the energy savings yielded from a project will pay the project costs. ESCOs not only reduce the customer’s operating costs, they do it without any front-end capital expenditures from the client.

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