Our Carbon Footprint

Being efficient and “green” is more than simply a business model for NMR; it also represents a personal commitment to our community and our planet

In addition to helping our clients ensure the effectiveness of their energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, NMR is also concerned about the environmental impacts of our own business operations. Nearly half of NMR staff members are full-time telecommuters, and all those who do work in the office get there by walking, biking, or taking public transportation. In addition, we purchase 100% wind energy for all the electricity used in our office. We also have on-site food waste composting, print double-sided on 100% recycled paper, recycle our paper and plastics, and use environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Each year, all NMR employees participate in a corporate-wide carbon footprint assessment that measures our own contribution to carbon dioxide emissions. The results of this assessment are used as the basis for purchasing offsets for 100% of the carbon we are responsible for.

2012 Carbon Assessment

NMR’s business activities (including travel) in 2012 resulted in 92,708 pounds, or 42.06 metric tons, of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions. The typical New England office building emits 20 lbs. of CO2/sq. ft.; NMR’s main office emits less than 8 lbs. of CO2/sq. ft., or less than half of the typical New England office building, due in part to our purchase of 100% wind-generated electricity. In addition, the majority of NMR’s employees work from their homes, thus reducing the carbon emissions associated with utilities and commuting.

Accordingly, NMR purchases and retires Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) allowances from the Carbon Lighthouse Association for 100% of the 42.06 tons of emissions our business is responsible for. In choosing to purchase and retire RGGI allowances, NMR supports this regional effort to improve energy efficiency and curb carbon emissions.