Here are three environmental initiatives that every company should try.
Environmental responsibility has become so entrenched in mainstream consciousness that companies large and small are either actively engaged in, or looking to start, environmental initiatives. Many environmental initiatives create minimal up-front costs by leveraging existing resources. Some initiatives, however, do call for infrastructure investments. Here are three environmental initiatives that every company should try.
The Paperless Office
How often are things printed in an office on reflex, rather than out of necessity? The vast majority of documents can just as easily be shared via cloud storage or email, then viewed on a tablet or laptop. This provides several benefits. It reduces the amount of paper that gets used, which cuts down on paper purchase costs. In turn, toner or ink costs go down. Less paper gets thrown away, which can mean reduced waste disposal costs. Not to mention, less trash goes into a landfill. The environment catches a break. The company saves a little money. Everyone wins.
Reduce Energy Consumption with Better HVAC Equipment
Warming and cooling a building is an expensive proposition, and often makes up a significant portion of a company’s utility costs. Upgrading commercial grade HVAC equipment by buying from a supplier like MTA Australasia lets a company cut energy consumption through improved efficiency and any recent design innovations. Total energy demand goes down, which lessens the amount of natural resources used to produce the energy. In this case, the company takes a financial hit up front in equipment and installation costs. If they’ve done their due diligence, however, the new equipment should more than pay for itself over time.
The days when every member of staff needed to physically be in the building to get work done are effectively over in a lot of industries. Allowing workers to telecommute, even part-time, pays a lot of dividends to a company. It cuts down on in-house energy costs, which has a ripple effect of environmental benefits all by itself.
Employees aren’t driving their cars to work. This reduces the amount of greenhouse gases being emitted from tailpipes. As a side benefit of the environmental initiative, telecommuting employees tend to be more productive and stay with the company longer.
Environmental initiatives serve companies well. They often help to polish a company’s public profile. In general, the initiatives lead to reduced overhead and supply costs. They can improve employee retention, morale and productivity. Just as important, though, they limit the often unseen environmental costs that accompany contemporary business.
Brooke Chaplan, the author of this post, is a freelance blogger.
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