Environmental conservation and corporate social responsibility has been the focus of Amanda Provenzano’s college experience and career. After graduating from Dominican University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and earning a Master of Environmental Pollution Control at The Pennsylvania State University, she held various sustainability roles for LUSH, ALDI and JELD-WEN prior to joining McKinstry in February 2018 in the newly created position of sustainability coordinator.
Q: What types of projects do you work on in a typical day?
A: One of the things I love about my job is that there’s never a typical day because I work with so many people, groups and organizations. I’m currently working on several exciting programs that employees will be hearing about soon, such as an alternative commute program and resource conservation program companywide. I’ve also enjoyed the opportunity to help employees work more comfortably and productively through our ergonomics program.
Q: You are a big proponent of alternative commuting and using public transportation. What would you love to see McKinstry achieve?
A. As 2019 quickly approaches, McKinstry will be focusing on helping our employees reduce stress and energy through offering alternative modes of transportation to work. My dream is to realize a 50 percent drive-alone rate to our Seattle office by 2022. Given our location and public transportation options, this is very ambitious but know we can get there!
Q: Why are you passionate about taking energy action?
A: Sustainability has been my life. My passion around sustainability began with my lifelong hobby of scuba diving. As a diver, I’ve seen the environmental degradation we have caused from a totally different perspective. I know we don’t have an infinite amount of natural resources, so learning how—and teaching others how—to live a more energy-conservative life is important to me. I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to make this calling my career.
Q: What is your biggest energy-waster pet peeve?
A: Using air conditioning when it’s cold or temperate outside. We have windows for a reason, and I think those are better options. I never chose to use air conditioning.
Q: What is your top energy-saving tip?
A: I have two. The first is about hot water heaters, which use a lot of energy. Make sure your hot water heater is insulated and keep the temperature around 120°F. Each 10°F reduction in water temperature will generally save three to five percent on your water heating costs. My other tip is bypass the clothes dryer and hang your clothes to dry.