We know that the world is waking up to its environmental responsibility. We are working hard as a company to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet. That's why we continually examine our own business practices and initiatives and make changes to promote sustainability. From community outreach efforts to green initiatives, find out more about how Gray Television is making a difference in the world in which we live.
LEED Certification is a designation awarded to buildings and building processes that have a low impact on the environment and a good indoor environmental impact on those who will work within the building. When the opportunity to rebuild arises, we actively pursue LEED certification as we have done with our WMTV station in Madison Wisconsin, which is awaiting Silver LEED Certification and with our KSFY station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota which has achieved LEED-Certified Gold.
ENERGY AND FUEL CONSERVATION
We have a culture of energy and fuel conservation that extends to every station to include:
- Hallway LED lighting with dimmers and motion controlled sensors that adjust the lighting based on occupancy
- Radar tower and studio lights are powered by LED lights
- Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning systems that make use of an air-side economizer to save energy
- Stations vehicles are high MPG (30mpg +) and have low environmental impact
- Employees utilize energy-saving laptops rather than desktop computers
- Some stations are making the switch to natural gas to heat our buildings rather than use electricity
Here are a few ways stations are making a difference through recycling:
- Recycling internal wiring, print cartridges, and computer hardware
- Repurposing grass clippings to be used in place of mulch for landscaping
- Newsrooms are moving toward a paperless environment through the use of iPads and electronic messaging
- In-house recycling systems to reuse paper from printers and copiers
Our stations are adopting more creative ways to conserve water by taking the following actions:
- Installing low-flow toilets and urinals in our restrooms that cut our overall water use dramatically.
- Selecting outdoor plans for their low need of watering in mind
- Creating retention ponds that control water run-off
Our stations are involved in a multitude of community outreach projects throughout the year. Often, these include sustainability initiatives. Here are a few examples of what some of our stations are doing:
- KGWN's community recycling program, Community Green, that encourages recycling and lower power consumption to combat Wyoming's large CO2 emission rates, due to the state’s coal production.
- WTOK's aluminum recycling program that helps a local charity, Cans for Kids, to purchase gifts for underprivileged children during the holidays