Specifically, we asked what barriers businesses experience that impact their ability to reduce heating and cooling, electricity and/or water waste. The barrier most commonly identified (by over half of survey respondents) was that the cost outweighed the benefit.
Larger companies appeared more likely to lease their space, while a few smaller companies also said they did not have control over much of their environmental footprint given that they did not own their facility. Without ownership of the facility, it appears that addressing utility costs were not a priority.
Another common reason for not taking environmental sustainability actions was a lack of information about the process or benefits. It seems, even businesses that wanted to take action were unsure about what actions would be most impactful.