Focus on Sustainability

PJM as a company is mindful of the environment in which it works and employees live. Our commitment to the environment is visible throughout our campus. From recycling bins to electric vehicle charging stations on campus, our environmental commitment is woven into how we do our work.

PJM has a Sustainability Program to reinforce the company’s values about the environment as well as to explore innovative thinking for business efficiency. The program provides a way for employees to submit ideas on helping the company make better use of its resources. A committee is guiding the corporate effort while an employee resource group is working on outreach and initiatives to put sustainable ideas into practice.

PJM has been awarded the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star designation for the Conference and Training Center’s energy efficiency features such as Encelium lighting controls, heating and air conditioning controls and low water flushing in the restrooms.

Recycling

Approximately 100 tons of non-recyclable waste material from the PJM campus, such as food garbage, is turned into green renewable energy.

  • 1,372 LBS of batteries recycled
  • 59,688 LBS of electronics recycled
  • 2,903 LBS of computer monitors
  • 122 TONS = 67,254 kWh of non-recyclable waste converted into renewable energy
  • 90.85% of trash and recyclable materials diverted from a landfill

In addition, PJM practices environmentally-conscious printing through the Forest Stewardship Council. PJM documents printed on FSC-certified paper come from paper mills that acquire wood from forests that are replanted and harvested in a way that does not devastate the forests.

Energy Conservation

PJM and our employees conserve energy in many ways. PJM uses lights that automatically turn off when rooms aren’t occupied, installs LED lighting where possible, reduces the wattage of lighting and uses more energy-efficient laptop PCs. PJM also follows Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines for our facilities in support of sustainable green buildings.

PJM has several advanced technology pilots on our campus that demonstrate how energy storage can help balance supply and demand on the electric grid. A 105-gallon electric water heater in one of our buildings demonstrates thermal storage and can respond to either a regulation or price signal from PJM. A project at PJM’s dual Control Center location demonstrates how distributed energy storage can help stabilize intermittent resources, such as those from the output of customer-sited solar power.