Celebrated annually on April 22, Earth Day is a chance for each of us to reflect on our impact on our planet and resolve to do what we can to save it for future generations. It’s a day where people focus on reducing plastic consumption, planting trees, and cleaning up local parks in an effort to protect the earth. And while these are all excellent ways to help the environment, they are often forgotten about within weeks.
Tips for Going Green
Fortunately, there are easy ways to celebrate Earth Day all year long! For those interested in making conscious environmentally-friendly choices, there are numerous ways to make small changes in your life to make a big difference. Some ways to help protect the earth include:
- Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products.
- Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs.
- Reduce your use of disposable plastics like bottles, bags, and straws.
- Recycle paper, plastic, and glass whenever possible.
- Read documents online instead of printing them.
- Volunteer with a clean-up group at the local beach or park.
These are all excellent ways to conserve energy and become more conscious of each decision you make, but they are confined mostly to your life outside the office. So, what can you do to conserve energy and protect the environment at work?
Reduce Business Travel When Possible
Few things are more impactful to the environment than the ability to reduce travel. You can reduce your carbon footprint by one pound for every mile you do not drive, which means any time you can work remotely, you can help the environment. Even if your office is only 15 miles away, if you can work from home one day a week, that saves 30 pounds each week—a yearly savings of 1,560 pounds of carbon. And as an added bonus, you’ll save money on gas and vehicle maintenance, making it even more efficient for you.
And if you think you can save carbon by not driving into work each day, imagine how much you can save by not flying. If you fly five times per year, those trips are likely to account for 75% of your personal carbon footprint. For those who fly in business class, the emissions are about three times as great as flying in coach since fewer people are being moved across the world by the same amount of fuel. Reducing the number of flights each year can drastically limit the amount of carbon you are contributing, as well as reduce the amount of time you must be away from your family—a complete win-win.
How Video Conferencing Can Help
One way to reduce business travel is by implementing a video conferencing platform across the enterprise and then using it whenever possible. While we recognize that there are times when an in-person meeting is necessary, many of our conversations can now be conducted via video. As long as all parties can see each other face-to-face, read body language, and remain productive, there is little need to travel to meet in-person. With a meetings platform like BlueJeans, multiple people can join a meeting from wherever they may be—at home on their desktop, in the car on their phone, or at the office in a conference room, making it possible to work from anywhere.
Using BlueJeans, employees can save time on daily commutes and money on flights, and ultimately help the environment in the process. And the best part is that with Command Center, you can easily see how much your video conferencing solution is impacting travel—both in miles reduced and pounds of carbon saved.
In 2017, BlueJeans customers saved over 24 million carbon pounds by using video, and they have saved nearly 10 million carbon pounds thus far in 2018. Now, imagine how many carbon tons we could save—and how we could help the environment—if everyone used video conferencing.