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WTA launches Green Teleport Program to develop more sustainable operations and reduce costs
The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced the launch of its Green Teleport program. The Green Teleport program is a sustainability design competition that generates recommendations for reducing GHG emissions and operating costs at teleports while supporting WTA-member operators in recruiting talent from universities and technical schools.
“WTA members report that their customers are increasingly making sustainability part of their criteria for selecting a teleport operator,” said executive director Robert Bell. “To help members respond to that demand, WTA’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee is introducing a program that addresses the sustainability mandate while helping members develop effective university recruiting and internship programs to attract new talent to their companies. Investments in greenhouse gas reduction can also reduce costs and contribute to greater profitability in the years ahead.”
The Green Teleport program brings together university and college students with teleport operators to recommend engineering solutions that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through energy efficiency, business and operational changes that reduce emissions and reductions in operating costs as a result.
The competition pairs individual teleport operators with nearby universities or technical colleges that have engineering programs. Teleport staff act as advisors to student teams that research technologies and policy options, assess costs and return on investment and make recommendations. The Green Teleport program engages students’ interest, exposes them to career opportunity and lets teleport operators build relationships with the most promising young engineers. It was created by WTA’s CSR Committee, made up of Jay Bloom of Kuiper Systems, Will Mudge of Speedcast, WTA Chairman Jose Sanchez of Hispasat and Lesley Wilson of Arqiva.