April 22nd is Earth Day! Earth Day has roots in the activism of the 1960’s and 1970’s with the ﬁrst Earth Day being held in 1970. The global holiday has picked up steam in recent years to make every day Earth Day. With motions being passed regarding CO2 releases, Paris Climate Summit Talks, and a global pledge to create environmentally sustainable levels of fossil fuel use by 2020. But no matter what regulation may be passed, Earth Day will always start with activists and individuals. As both an employee and employer, here are 2 easy ways to get green going.
1. Decrease Paper: Decreasing paper use is an oldie but a goodie. The average ofﬁce worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper a year! That’s a lot of trees that our environment loses. The loss of trees correlates with ozone issues leading to the increase of warming temperatures and ice melting. In fact, InStream has been a long term advocate for going paperless. Electronic Document Management can save trees every year by cutting down on printing costs, copying costs, and general form production. More trees create more oxygen which means a better climate for us all. Go paperless and start the initiative to save our trees.
2. Encourage TeleCommuting: Virtual ofﬁces are becoming the next ofﬁce. While no one can deny that having face to face meetings can be productive, recent technological advances have allowed for similar virtual beneﬁts. Saving on electric and fuel is a huge beneﬁt to the environment. In addition, saving gas during commutes to and from work boosts the reduction of carbon and fossil fuels. A virtual ofﬁce cuts down on paper saving trees. Yet documents still need to be shared. The easiest way to do this is through cloud computing that allows for a variety of green initiatives.
This year make Earth Day, a yearlong effort. Our Earth is asking for your help as a business, employee, and person. InStream can help you go green and celebrate. Contact InStream for more information today.