Cox Media Group Meets Atlanta's Better Buildings Challenge Ahead Of Schedule
November 13, 2014 at 5:25 AM (PT)
COX MEDIA GROUP announced that the facility housing its ATLANTA TV and radio stations (Channel 2 WSB-TV, News/Talk Radio WSB, B98.5, 97.1 THE RIVER and KISS 104.1) has met the city’s BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE nearly six years ahead of the 2020 goal. The facility reduced its energy and water consumption by more than 20% and is annually saving nearly 650,000 gallons of water and 1,400,000 kWh of electricity through its conservation projects.
“COX MEDIA GROUP is committed to educating the public on important sustainability issues and making sure that our operations are eco-friendly,” said CMG VP Technical Operations DAVE SIEGLER, a member of the COX ENTERTAINMENT COUNCIL. “When COX signs up to do something, we tackle the challenge head on, and this is a great example of how we go above and beyond. We know that it’s important to make sure our operations are as efficient and sustainable as possible. As a part of COX ENTERPRISES, we participate in COX CONSERVES. This is the company’s sustainability program that has repeatedly shown that these projects are good for the environment and for our bottom line.”
COX incorporated a number of energy-saving projects throughout the interior and exterior of the building, replacing 125 metal-halide fixtures in the parking garage and courtyard with LED lighting, which enhanced safety with more illumination, reduced carbon output and lowered operating costs. The heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment was also updated to reduce operating hours by more than 50%. Equipment updates also included: air handling systems, chillers, data center units, exhaust fans and terminal units, among others.
More than 65 pieces of water equipment were replaced with low-flow fixtures.
“We are pleased to learn that a national leader and local champion for sustainability, COX ENTERPRISES, has met the energy and water goal for the ATLANTA BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE nearly six years ahead of schedule. We commend the leadership, staff and building operators that carry out the mission of the COX CONSERVES program for your efforts in helping ATLANTA along its journey to becoming a top-tier city for sustainability,” said AARON BASTIAN, spokesperson for the MAYOR'S OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY.
In addition to reporting on sustainability issues impacting the community and operating efficiently, Channel 2 WSB-TV also recognizes local environmental volunteers through the COX CONSERVES HEROES program.