GOJO has achieved one of its 2020 Sustainable Value Strategies and Goals – two years early.
I am part of the Enterprise Sustainability Governance Team at GOJO that established the 2020 Sustainable Value Strategies and Goals in 2015 to drive innovative ways of working, product development, and operational improvements. The GOJO 2020 Sustainable Value Strategies and Goals include ambitious goals aimed at proactively managing the social, environmental and economic impacts of the business on society and the environment. As a result, in December 2018, two years before the goal deadline, GOJO is powering its GOJO Wooster distribution operations by renewable energy.
GOJO installed a 633-kilowatt solar panel array comprised of 1,836 individual photovoltaic panels to power its Wooster Campus distribution operations. The solar array will produce more than 755,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy each year, offsetting energy consumption and contributing energy back to the grid without producing harmful air and water emissions or consuming non-renewable natural resources.
In addition, GOJO has made further progress against the company’s 2020 Sustainable Value Strategies and Goals. GOJO replaced more than 20,000 traditional fluorescent lightbulbs and fixtures with light emitting diode (LED) bulbs and fixtures, saving nearly 200,000 kilowatt-hours of energy annually. The solar and lighting projects combined will save nearly one million kilowatt-hours of energy each year.
The GOJO Wooster Campus includes multiple buildings totaling 1.3 million square feet. In addition to bringing nearly 400 jobs to the Wooster community, the GOJO Wooster Campus provides the company with additional capacity for manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution.
Inspired by our GOJO Purpose, Saving Lives and Making Life Better Through Well-Being Solutions, GOJO is committed to developing and producing our products in ways that promote a healthy ecosystem, doing what it takes to make a difference in our communities and our world. Read more about the project in the GOJO Newsroom.