Change starts with data

Written by Tim Ritchie

Ninety seven percent of climate scientists agree that the earth has been getting warmer over the past century and that is very likely caused by human activity. Careful study of ice cores, tree rings, ocean sediments, and coral formations prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that the increase in carbon dioxide is linked to the earth warming. And, of course, we are aware of the catastrophic impact of increased global temperature – ranging from warming oceans; rising sea level; shrinking ice sheets and declining sea ice; retreating glaciers; ocean acidification; decreased snow cover and more.

NASA was kind enough to graph atmospheric carbon dioxide levels over the last 400,000 years and while we do see a cyclical nature of carbon in the atmosphere, there has been an unprecedented increase since the industrial revolution. 

In 2015, 6,587 million metric tons of CO2 was released into the atmosphere. According to the US Green Building Council, buildings consume 70% of energy use in the US and account for 39% of those emissions. Over the next quarter century, CO2 emissions from buildings are projected to grow faster than any other sector (http://www.eesi.org/files/climate.pdf). At Buddy Platform, we’re doing something about that.

Environmental conservation is a core value at Buddy Platform. We recently launched a product, Buddy Ohm, that allows building operators to identify sources of resource waste in real time. This enables building operators to take action to reduce waste and environmental impact (and operating cost). Reducing a building’s carbon footprint will help slow the earth’s warming. 

Scientists project that if we don’t take action, the earth will warm between 2.5 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit this century. Regardless of what is happening in related US politics, Buddy Platform is proud to stand with groups like Schools Under 2C in support of the Paris Climate Accord and other key initiatives related to reducing human impact on our planet. In honor of Earth Day, April 22, and in the spirit of IoT for Impact, Buddy is giving away Buddy Ohm systems, including a year of service to three qualified building operators. It is our hope that these systems contribute to overall building and environmental health.

Fill out this form to enter the promotion, then take a pledge and take action to reduce your impact on CO2 our warming planet.