Environmental Considerations and Recommendations
Company X does not currently have any environmental initiatives. There are a few I would readily recommend, going paperless, turning off our computers before leaving, and allowing more telecommuting. Each one of these can help protect the environment by reducing pollution in one manner or another. These are all small changes that could have a big impact. With a company size approaching 150 employees we can generate quite a bit of pollution just in our day to day activities without knowing we did so.
Let us first look at going paperless while this seems like a very broad sweeping statement that everyone should go paperless to save the trees there are some specifics at Company X that make it attractive. We are already recycling as paper as we can with in the office however that only goes so far if we could reduce the amount of paper used to begin with that would reduce the trees being cut down and the pollution put off during the recycling process. Company X currently fills up 4 – 26 Gallon Recycle bins per month with paper and we shred another 4 - 30 gallon bins, I am assuming the bins being shredded are also being recycled. Much of the paper we are using could easily be turned into online assets that require no paper. We have invoices coming in and we send invoices out we could utilize the electronic invoicing with in our CRM this would also benefit customers as invoices would not get lost in the mail. The employee expense reports which average 3 pages per employee could also be moved to an online system reducing roughly 450 pages or roughly 1 ream of paper being wasted each month. According to Conservatree one ream of paper is the equivalent of 6% of a tree (Trees Into Paper). I am not sure exactly how many reams of paper a year we use but I am sure we could save a few trees over the course of a year.
Another way we could become more “Green” is turning off our computers at night. We have 150 employees each having at least one computer and most having two monitors. I have been at the organization for 2 ½ years and I do not know anyone who actually shuts their computer down at night. According to Ann Arney, at Class5 Energy, a company paying 10 cents per kilowatt hour can save $83 per year per computer just by putting them into sleep mode (Arney). If the company goes one step further and completely shuts them down they can save an additional $6 per computer (Arney). If we use those numbers of $83 plus $6 giving us a total savings of $89 per year we can calculate that we are using 890 kilowatt hours of electricity to run a computer that are doing nothing for the business or anyone else. If we take those 890 kilowatt hours we can then determine that how many pounds of CO2 we are causing or our carbon footprint. The numbers as of April 17, 2014 are showing that the best we can do is 1.22 pounds per one kilowatt hour (How much carbon dioxide is produced per kilowatthour when generating electricity with fossil fuels?, 2014). Using those numbers we can determine that our carbon footprint from just our 150 computers sitting idle overnight is 162,870 pounds of CO2. Now that maybe small compared other things that can be offset but if every organization did that it would add up tremendously. This discussion does not even take into account the natural resources that would not be used for the creation of that energy. An interesting topic that more and more companies are considering that Company X could do efficiently is telecommuting. In order to illustrate the impact this could make we will have to use some assumptions. The first assumption is most people are driving a 2010 model year vehicle with an average fuel economy of 22.1 miles per gallon (Turkus, 2013). The second assumption we will have to make is the average distance someone is driving which according to U.S. Census the average commute between 2006 and 2010 was 18.8 miles (Melanie A. Rapino, 2012)....
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