Mica Corporation, a manufacturer of water-based primers and coatings for the flexible packaging industry, and a participant of United Illuminating Company's (UI) Business Sustainability Challenge (BSC), hosted a round table discussion on sustainability and energy efficiency in the workplace on Wednesday, October 14th.
Representatives from several Connecticut-based businesses gathered to network, exchange ideas, discuss Energy Usage Assessments, and the advantages of being involved in the only existing utility-backed sustainability program in Connecticut, the BSC.
Site Compliance Coordinator for Mica Corporation, Bill Giannetto, gave a presentation about the energy and cost savings Mica Corporation has seen since joining the program in 2014. Since the initial energy usage assessment, conducted by Loureiro Engineering Associates, Mica Corporation has made many changes to improve energy efficiency, including switching to LED bulbs, installing timers and motion sensors on lighting and electronics, and upgrading the ventilation and air conditioning systems.
Based on data compiled from UI, after all upgrades are completed Mica Corporation is projected to save approximately 74,000 KWH of energy per year, and expects to further reduce their carbon footprint with additional upgrades to the building. Currently, a new roof with added insulation is being installed to help keep the building warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer.
About Mica Corporation
Mica Corporation manufactures and supplies water-based, environmentally responsible products that offer adhesion or other properties to plastic, metal, and paper surfaces in continuous web applications.
The United Illuminating Company (UI) is a New Haven-based regional electric distribution company established in 1899. UI is engaged in the purchase, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity and related services to approximately 325,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the Greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas.
Since 1975, the people of Loureiro have provided the highest quality engineering, construction, EH&S, energy, and waste management services to leading public and private organizations throughout North America.
Jessica Spadaccino, Mica Corporation