Introduction to Initiative 3: Reduce Energy Use


Introduction to Initiative 3: Reduce Energy Use

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 - 16:07
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 14:57
Welcome to our Energy blog series of posts, articles, thoughts, and musings on ways to not only improve your agency's mission effectiveness, but save money at the same time. For the next three weeks, we hope to engage you with energy discussions on efficiency, conservation, security, and strategy.

Welcome to Reduce Energy Blog Series

In yesterday’s post, Charles Prow, IBM Global Business Services Public Sector General Manager, introduced our Initiative 3: Reduce Energy Use blog series (detailed in our Strategies to Cut Cost and Improve Performance white paper).  We are launching this blog series right around the time of two significant Government conferences on Energy – the Army-Air Force Energy Forum starting today through July 20, 2011, and the GovEnergy Conference from August 8-9, 2011.

With that said, let us take a moment to explain why this energy blog section matters.  It won’t take long - in fact, you’ll be back to writing that email or working on that memorandum for your boss in no time.  First, just take 30 seconds to hear us out.

Here we go – start counting. 30, 29, 28…

Energy Matters:

Energy matters because it is one of the most critical issues facing the public sector in the early 21st century.  It matters because there are billions of dollars in cost-savings at stake (hello taxpayer!).  It matters because endlessly using and abusing natural resources is not sustainable. Lastly, energy matters because the inefficient manner in which we’ve been operating public agencies and departments just won’t cut it in the future. 

We must look at the ways we use – and view – energy.  We must realize the financial, environmental, and operational benefits that exist when we change our attitude and approach to managing energy.  Indeed, energy conservation is a key part – but only part – of creating a more sustainable government.  With resource constraints staring us in the face, and the realities of tight budgets setting in, now is the time to examine these things, to make changes, and ultimately to get “smarter” on energy in the public sector.

2, 1, 0….!!! We’re off the soap box, just in the nick of time.  Did our first two cents of sage energy wisdom convince you and excite you?  We hope so.  And we hope you’ll bookmark the page, spread the word, and tune in during the upcoming weeks as we begin a thorough examination of energy in the public sector, one that actually may save your agency or department a few bucks down the road. 

Coming Up Next:

Join us tomorrow as we discuss the importance of establishing an energy shared vision.

Let Us Hear From You:

It is our hope that you will share some of the things you read on this blog with your colleagues, associates, friends, and peers. We hope this blog series acts as a starting point for conversations about how government departments and agencies can become aware of the energy issues and become smarter about energy use.



Tim Fain Bio Tim Fain is an Associate Partner and Service Area Leader within IBM’s Global Business Services Public Sector. Mr. Fain has more than 30 years of technical, managerial, and consulting experience. Specifically his experience involves developing organizational, economic development and environmental and energy sustainability strategies; improving business models and processes; and helping organizations develop transformation roadmaps. He uses his extensive knowledge of Federal regulatory and budgetary processes, e-Government principles and methodologies, and strategic planning to help public sector clients address policy, service, and transformational challenges.

Prior to joining IBM, Tim spent eight years at the Office of Management and Budget where he worked on a broad range of Federal government information technology and policy issues. A former US Navy Submarine Officer, Tim holds a BS in Metallurgical Engineering, a MA in National Security Studies, and a MPP in International Trade and Finance.



Tack Richardson Tack Richardson is a Senior Business Strategy Consultant in IBM’s Strategy & Innovation practice. He has nearly seven years of experience working on energy, environment, and sustainability issues for corporations, non-profits, federal agencies, and on Capitol Hill. Currently, he is helping IBM develop its Smarter Energy and Sustainability consulting offerings as part of their Smarter Planet initiative.

Mr. Richardson holds an M.B.A from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a B.A. in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University.