As we look back on 2022, we are proud to reflect on a year full of remarkable eco-friendly initiatives and achievements at J.M. Rodgers Co. Our dedication to reducing our environmental impact and promoting sustainability has led us to make significant strides in our journey toward a greener future. From charitable donations to infrastructure improvements, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that our business practices align with our ecological values.
This year, we were honored to partner with several environmental nonprofits to support their vital work in conservation, renewable energy, and waste reduction. Through our charitable giving program, we donated to numerous green nonprofit organizations such as:
Blue Ridge Conservancy: This organization works tirelessly to protect the natural heritage and resources of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our donation contributed to their ongoing efforts to preserve biodiversity, protect water resources, and promote sustainable land management practices.
Sierra Club: As one of the oldest and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States, our contribution supported their campaigns to protect public lands, promote clean energy, and address climate change.
The Conservation Fund: This organization focuses on innovative, market-based solutions to protect vital ecosystems and support economic development. Our donation helped fund projects that balance environmental preservation and sustainable growth.
In addition to our charitable donations to these and other environmental organizations, we also funded the planting of 2,000 trees in 2022.
Recognizing the importance of reducing our carbon footprint, we embarked on or strengthened several ambitious green initiatives centered around our workspaces in 2022. These included:
Energy Efficiency Upgrades: We retrofitted our offices with energy-efficient LED lighting and high-efficiency bathroom fixtures. These upgrades have reduced our energy consumption and water usage (an estimated 19,600 gallons), resulting in cost savings to be reinvested in future eco-friendly initiatives.
Single-Use Plastic and Paper Reduction: To further minimize our waste output, we installed water coolers and coffee machines at our offices while eliminating disposable cups and utensils. We also continued to reduce the use of paper by increasing our reliance on secure electronic communication and record-keeping. Our employees have embraced these changes, resulting in an estimated 7,000 disposable cups and water bottles saved and a 25% reduction in the use of paper (bringing overall operational paper use to less than 10%).
As we reflect on our eco-friendly initiatives and achievements in 2022, we are reminded of the importance of our commitment to sustainability. While we are proud of our progress, we know that much work still needs to be done. As we enter 2023, we remain dedicated to further reducing our environmental impact and fostering a greener future for generations to come.
We sincerely thank our employees, partners, and customers for their support and enthusiasm in embracing our eco-friendly vision. Together, we can make a lasting, positive impact on the planet.
Maintained less air travel
Removal of single-use cups and bottles
Over 19,600 gallons of water saved
Remote work reduced consumption of gasoline
2,000 trees planted
Nonprofit organizations we’ve worked with or donated to:
- Blue Ridge Conservancy
- The Conservation Fund
- Conservation International
- Greenpeace International
- Rainforest Trust
- Sierra Club
- Water Mission