AT&T Creates New Post to Marshal Efficiency Efforts Companywide

AT&T Creates New Post to Marshal Efficiency Efforts Companywide

AT&T has established a corporate post for a director of energy to take the reins of the firm's energy management drive -- and named its first appointee to the job.

The company announced Tuesday that John Schinter, a former president of Global Energy and Sustainability for commercial real estate services giant Jones Lang & LaSalle, has become the AT&T inaugural energy chief.

Schinter joins the AT&T Corporate Real Estate Property Management team with responsibilities that include overseeing efficiency and conservation efforts across all energy-consuming business units and directing the company's energy purchasing strategies. He also is expected to spur the firm's management of fixed-energy consumption throughout the company, particularly involving its data centers, central office equipment and facilities.

The company has set a goal of reducing electricity usage intensity -- to data growth on the AT&T network -- by 15 percent compared to 2008 levels. Steps taken thus far toward that target include:

  • Installing 1E's NightWatchman energy-saving software on 310,000 AT&T desktop computers. That move is expected to save an estimated 135 million kWh of electricity and 123,941 tons of carbon emissions per year, according to 1E. That's roughly equivalent to the electricity required to power 14,892 homes.
  • Using wind power for 10 percent of the electricity for all AT&T facilities in Austin, Texas, and installing 1 megawatt solar power system at its facility in San Ramon, California, where 3,700 solar panels are expected to generate more than 1.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year and reduce the building's normal power consumption by more than 4,300 kilowatt hours per day.
  • Forming an Energy Council of key executives from all business units that directly consume energy in their operations or design, develop or specify energy-consuming equipment. The council focuses on identifying and assessing ways to operate more efficiently.

{related_content}Schinter's 25 years of experience in integrated energy services and sustainability issues includes work at several Fortune 500 companies. In addition to his tenure at Jones Lang LaSalle, Schinter also worked with Exelon and Duke Energy.

Arnco, the Southern California firm that's among the world's big suppliers of polyurethane products, announced today that it has created the new position of Green Enabling Officer to oversee its sustainability programs and efforts.

Arnco appointed 15-year company veteran Bill Hory, who has experience developing the firm's domestic and international business, was named to the post. Arnco's corporate headquarters are based in Los Angeles County city of South Gate. The firms has production facilities there, in Berea, Ohio, and Manchester, U.K.

Image of San Ramon solar installation courtesy of AT&T.