Contractors Contribute to Environmental Activism

In the U.S. HVAC market, environmental activism doesn’t refer to anything too highly visible. There are no million-contractor marches planned for the National Mall, no protests, and no one throwing red paint on inefficient buildings. In our realm, the environmental activism taking place in 2010 centers on things like working through associations for legislative change, and focusing on the “act” part of activism in daily business activities.


Some contractors are taking activism as meaning “to act.” They are doing green things without them being mandated. “Every day we are thinking about how and what we are doing to be green,” said Brian Nelson, with Nelson Mechanical Design, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; “how we will reduce energy use for a client, how our proposal for an HVAC system will help the client save energy, and how our energy retrofit will save energy.

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