Ameren’s sustainability champion program was created for employees to communicate ideas and recommend sustainable practices in the workplace.
Several initiatives have been successfully demonstrated in this program, including:
- Installed signs "Please use revolving doors if you are able" on the entrance doors to the General Office Building.
- Ameren Training Center is considering the purchase of Virtual Welding machines to teach welding without the use of shield gas, welding electrodes or weld coupons. This will minimize material waste and a reduction in overall energy consumption will be realized.
- Established a Sustainability Pledge.
- Replaced the exterior lighting fixtures at the St. Louis general office building with more efficient lighting.
- Focus on Safety through the development and execution of a Safety Action Plan.
- Encourage the use of paperless customer billing and payroll statements.
- Collecting bags, chip and candy wrappers for TerraCycle, a nonprofit organization that upcycles or recycles these items into new products, such as handbags and picture frames. TerraCycle also donates two cents for each item collected on Ameren’s behalf to charity.
- Donating used safety boots to ShoeMan.org, a local nonprofit organization that donates the shoes for distributing in developing countries.
- Single-stream recycling that allows employees to place aluminum, plastic, cardboard, ink cartridges and other commonly used materials into a single recycling container.
- Offering employees home recycling in some facilities.
- Purchasing recycled paper.
Sustainability champions continue to find new and innovative ways to expand Ameren’s sustainability practices in daily operations.