Environmental Protection

Schneider Electric Forms Green Buildings Segment

Company names Melissa O'Mara vice president of Green Buildings Solutions.

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, recently created a team dedicated to the Green Buildings segment. This organization is focused on holistic solutions that address customer needs for high-performance green buildings, including building retrofits and construction of new buildings.

Appointed to lead the segment is Melissa O’Mara, vice president, Green Buildings Solutions, within the global Buildings Business. O’Mara will be responsible for bringing the company’s full portfolio of energy and security solutions together to address environmental and economic challenges through smarter, innovative solutions and cross-enterprise collaboration in global markets.

O’Mara brings close to 25 years of experience in sustainability, strategy, and innovation from such companies as Andersen Consulting and IBM, where she most recently drove the Green Sigma™ Coalition. The coalition is a partnership between nine companies, including Schneider Electric, and was formed in an effort to accelerate enterprise sustainability through projects aimed to significantly reduce energy consumption, water use, waste, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

“The rising price of energy combined with growing environmental concerns and aggressive regulation in many parts of the world means that energy efficiency can no longer be optional or an afterthought,” said O’Mara. “Businesses that own or operate any type of building must invest in more efficient technologies that reduce financial, regulatory, and environmental risks. Schneider Electric has a long history of expertise in energy management services and solutions that can help organizations reduce their energy costs by up to 30 percent and free up valuable capital dollars for other vital projects.”

The company's EcoStruxure connects five domains of business expertise – power, data centers, process and machines, building control, and security – within an open and flexible technology architecture that delivers up to 30 percent savings in energy efficiency.

O’Mara stated: “Integrating technology is just the first step in addressing aggressive GHG and sustainability targets, and Schneider Electric is committed to assisting companies around the world achieve greater efficiency to mitigate climate change. Part of that challenge is to address people and process innovation as well as technology innovation, and I am excited to tackle these global challenges in this new role at Schneider Electric.”

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