(June 3, 2011)--Andrea Nocito is the newest team member of the Sustainable Business Program (SBP) in the UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED).
As the Energy Savings Solutions program survey manager, Nocito will identify small business clients who want to improve overhead costs. She will conduct and supervise energy assessments, a task supported by a grant funded through the 2010 Small Business Jobs Act.
Through energy assessments, Nocito will survey businesses' lighting, equipment and overall energy needs for daily operations. She also will analyze utility bills to determine the amount of energy the businesses consume. From there, Nocito will find strategies to reduce energy consumption that will decrease clients' monthly utility costs.
Aside from teaching energy-efficiency and cost-saving strategies, Nocito sees the energy assessments as an opportunity to encourage companies to incorporate a variety of "green" practices in their businesses.
"We're going to look to find opportunities so we cannot just change the way they do operations, but also look at how they can be more sustainable in the services and products that they provide," said Nocito.
The two-year grant program covers 110 energy assessments. Nocito will work with four students from the UTSA College of Architecture to fulfill the project.
"We already have most of the first 30 signed up and ready to go," said Nocito. "That's really exciting."
Nocito is an expert in developing, planning and implementing environmental assessments and mitigation strategies, and managing projects for homes, businesses and development projects.
She gained four years of experience at CirclePoint, a California-based company that specializes in various services including environmental planning. In 2010, Nocito founded EcoStrategies, a sustainability planning and implementation firm in San Antonio serving large commercial and residential properties.
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