Greener E-Signatures from Adobe + EchoSign

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Going paperless and electronic signatures with EchoSign from Adobe.

Going paperless and electronic signatures with EchoSign from Adobe.

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  • 1. July 2011Greener E-SignaturesAn Update from EchoSign eSignature from Adobe - The Way the Web SignsTHE LATEST FROM ECHOSIGN employees. Since 2006, we’ve been in a passively cooled office in downtown Palo Alto with cinderblock walls which naturally maintais anA Greener Shade of Green ambient temperature 95% of the year with minimal HVAC drain.JUL 27, 2011 The bottom line with Adobe and EchoSign together now, is that it gets even better. Now, EchoSign’s offices are Platinum-LEED certified, complete with — this is pretty cool — on-site windmills (see pic above of one of them) and Bloom energy fuel-cell generators which power over 30% of on-site energy needs. Even our cafeteria (see below) only permits composting or recycling - extra work, but impactful, as 97% of waste is diverted from landfill. With a green product, servers, server power, and now Platinum-LEED offices, we feel like it’s all another big step in the right direction.Being authentically green has always been important to us at EchoSign.Going paperless for your contracts is, inherently, a moreenvironmentally-friendly process than paper (particularly from a waterstandpoint), and we’re pleased to have won numerous green awards andrecognition together with our customers including Aetna, CIGNA, BT,and many others. We’re also proud to have partnered with the NationalArbor Day Foundation since 2006 to plant trees on behalf of ourcustomers.But what about the servers themselves — and the offices where we workto build EchoSign and provide the human side of the service?Since 2007, our servers have been “100% wind-powered” in that we’vepurchased renewable, wind-powered offsets to balance out all the energycosts of our servers, and where practical, used energy-efficientconfigurations at our SAS 70 Type II datacenters at our customer andpartner Rackspace.More recently, in 2010, we moved to a virtual machine environmentusing our customer and partner VMWare’s software which enables ~ 3xthe document throughput per CPU (using quad-core systems which nowimage documents in parallel on each core), cutting CPU powerrequirements (the most energy-taxing part of our service) by almost50%.But even with wind-powered carbon offsets, and VMware virtualization,and paperless contracts, our headcount has grown to scores of EchoSign