DNV KEMA Corporate Sustainability Roadmap Earns Scripps Networks Interactive Distinction As Tennessee "Green Achiever"

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  • (1888PressRelease) August 03, 2012 - BURLINGTON, Mass. - DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, a leading global authority on energy consulting, testing, and certification, today announced that its corporate sustainability plan designed for Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) helped gain the lifestyle entertainment company recognition as a Green Achiever by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal's online sustainability portal, GoGreenET.

    SNI holds a media portfolio that includes the popular brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel, and country music network Great American Country.

    After gaining LEED Gold certification for its Knoxville headquarters and recognizing the need for a coordinated sustainability program, SNI contracted DNV KEMA to develop a roadmap for implementing and measuring the company's sustainability, including small-scale adjustments such as encouraging employee carpooling as well as large-scale efforts such as promoting the move toward a paperless office, creating green facility guidelines, and greening procurement practices.

    Most of the roadmap will be achieved with low- and no-cost measures, and early calculations show that these smart businesses choices could deliver substantial savings in paper, printing, and travel costs.

    Employee engagement is a strong driver of the roadmap, and the process of engaging and learning from employees began during the roadmap development.

    DNV KEMA built the roadmap by assessing SNI's operations from its roots, first helping company executives to develop overarching corporate sustainability focus areas and subsequently organizing existing and new strategies under these focus areas in order to achieve the company's sustainability goals. From engaging company staff in employee workshops, to strategizing methods to reduce the company's carbon footprint, DNV KEMA sought to provide an all-inclusive and long-term plan that could be applied to the company as a whole, as well as its individual departments and employees. The award-winning program was co-created with Minimal Productions, an environmental consulting firm specializing in the entertainment and hospitality industries.

    Elizabeth Durney, DNV KEMA Energy and Sustainability project manager, indicates that Scripps Networks Interactive's approach is unique. "I'm impressed by the strategic approach SNI is taking to sustainability," she says. "SNI has a fundamental interest in carefully building a program that directly parallels the company's values, engages employees, and delivers financial returns. Rather than present a focus on marketing, this roadmap is about living the company values."

    About Scripps Networks Interactive
    Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) is a leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television, the Internet and emerging platforms, where on-air programming complements online video, social media areas and e-commerce components on companion websites and broadband vertical channels. The company's lifestyle media portfolio comprises popular lifestyle television and Internet brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and country music network Great American Country. Scripps Networks Interactive is based in Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco, Nashville, and Chevy Chase, Md.

    About DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability
    DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, with more than 2,300 experts in over 30 countries around the world, is committed to driving the global transition toward a safe, reliable, efficient, and clean energy future. With a heritage of nearly 150 years, we specialize in providing world-class, innovative solutions in the fields of business & technical consultancy, testing, inspections & certification, risk management, and verification. As an objective and impartial knowledge-based company, we advise and support organizations along the energy value chain: producers, suppliers, & end-users of energy; equipment manufacturers; as well as government bodies, corporations, and non-governmental organizations. DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability is part of DNV, a global provider of services for managing risk with more than 10,000 employees in over 100 countries. For more information on DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, visit www.dnvkema.com.

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