Empire State Building proves going green is good for business

As we reported last summer, the retrofitting of the Empire State Building to embrace renewable-energy and green-building technologies is the largest project of its kind in the United States. The project also proves an important point about going green: it’s good for business.

With the signing of a two-year contract with Green Mountain Energy for wind power renewable-energy certificates, the managers of the Empire State Building have made it the largest commercial purchaser of green power in New York City. The building’s electricity will now come from 100 percent renewable-energy sources, reducing annual carbon-dioxide emissions by nearly 100 million pounds. While this is certainly a huge milestone in the realm of sustainability, according to building managers, the decision to go green was based on solid business principles and the desire to obtain the best energy deal for the property. Turns out, renewable energy is not only better for the environment, it’s just plain good business.

To read about the Empire State Building’s green retrofit, click here.