Thomas and Betts launches Earth Day Campaign

Thomas & Betts launched
an Earth Day social media campaign on April 1, which will continue through
Earth Day, April 22, to reward its followers for their green
decisions at home and in the workplace. Three winners of the “Going Green
Contest” will be selected to win environmentally conscious prize packages. As
part of the campaign, T&B will be sharing its successes in reducing energy
consumption, water consumption and waste through its channels on Twitter,
Facebook and LinkedIn

T&B’s environmental efforts
include its Green Initiative Program, which was launched in 2007 and has grown
to 16 facilities currently participating. A Green Tracker program generates an
annual report of monthly data that each facility’s Green Team compiles for
electricity usage, water usage and waste generation. According to T&B
Electrical Division’s annual report of 2012, there was a 5.8 percent reduction
of energy consumption, an 11.8 percent reduction of water consumption and an
8.3 percent reduction in waste.


“We adopted the Green
Initiative Program in 2007, and it’s become part of T&B’s core values,”
said Chuck Gilreath, vice president of operations for the Electrical Division
of Thomas & Betts. “We are seeking to do more than merely comply with
existing regulations; we are seeking opportunities for innovation by
outperforming what the regulations require.”


The Earth Day social media
campaign also will inform followers how Thomas & Betts’ environmental
innovations can help to significantly decrease the amount of right-of-way (ROW)
land affected by electric transmission construction projects. Meyer Steel
Structures, Thomas & Betts’ line of tubular steel transmission structures,
are designed to require less equipment and smaller crews for installation, and
to enable shorter installation times that measure in days, rather than weeks,
saving not only time and money, but also reducing the environmental impact to
construction areas. Most importantly, T&B’s Environmentally Responsible
Transmission (ERT) construction solution reduces the destruction of ROW land to
as little as two percent, compared with traditional methods. Meyer®
Steel Structures also are designed to be delivered via air lifts, eliminating
the need and cost for building access roads to transport them. As Meyer Steel
Structures’ ERT solution becomes more commonplace, far less land will need to
be cleared for utility construction. 



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