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Barry Fischetto: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

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You know what sustainability is, and you probably know that it's in the best interest of the planet that we all pay attention to how we go about it. Here are a few ways to reduce your carbon footprint at work.

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Barry Fischetto: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

  1. 1. CUTTING YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT By Barry Fischetto SUSTAINABILITY IN BUSINESS
  2. 2. Your thoughts on the subject are irrelevant. Whether you’re among the camp of people that are taking action in changing our effect on the climate or the group that denies the existence of climate change is irrelevant. RECOGNIZING YOUR FOOTPRINT CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL. Science says that climate change is very real, very man-made, and a very big threat to the future of Earth.
  3. 3. 5.3 MILLIONKilotons of carbon emissions in the United States alone in 2014 * *Sources: European Commission & Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
  4. 4. THE FUTURE IS GREEN ENERGY, SUSTAINABILITY, RENEWABLE ENERGY. Arnold Schwarzenegger THE IMPORTANCE OF SUSTAINABILITY
  5. 5. Your footprint matters. Do you know what type of carbon footprint you and your business are leaving on the Earth? Chances are, it’s larger than you may think. The burden of changing the overwhelmingly negative impact of carbon emissions falls on the shoulders of not just the people of the world, but the businesses that we’re a part of. RECOGNIZING YOUR FOOTPRINT IT' S OUR JOB TO CHANGE IT. We can help to reduce our carbon footprint by changing how we approach sustainability.
  6. 6. Quite a bit of your emissions can be a result of improper supply chain management. The supply chain can be responsible for up to 90 percent of an organization’s carbon footprint. Fuel efficiency and vehicle maintenance can be are two portions of the supply chain that, if properly monitored, updated and maintained, can help cut both your cost and your emissions. YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN CHECK YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN. of your business' emissions could be from your supply chain Up to
  7. 7. Small equpiment changes can represent large carbon footprint redution. Install motion-sensored lights around the office. Make sure every employee is turning off his or her computer at the end of the work day. Look into installing programs that monitor computer energy use. Energy saving bulbs and/or windows are available, often cheaper than you’d expect. While the above options may seem minor in the grand scheme of things, these minor changes,if implemented across an entire business, can have a measurable impact on your company’s footprint. YOUR TECH CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT.
  8. 8. Digitalization is the future. Embrace it. If you can email a document instead of printing or faxing it, do it. Instead of keeping a filing cabinet with a million folders and documents, simply keep folders and documents on your computer. They’re easier to sort and search through and use exactly zero paper waste. Inserting signatures through Adobe or online applications is simple. Invoices and bills can be paperless too, many companies are beginning to ask their clients to “go paperless,” meaning eliminating paper bills mailed to homes in favor of email alerts. GOING DIGITAL GO DIGITAL, AND ASK YOUR CLIENTS TO DO IT TOO.
  9. 9. Tracking your changes helps you determine where you can improve and what effect you're having. The reason we’re making these changes isn’t just to feel better about ourselves (though that helps too), it’s to make a real difference. Regardless of what you’re doing to change the footprint of your business, without a means of tracking it, your efforts could be going to waste. Carbonfund.org features a footprint tracker and calculator that you can use for your business to keep tabs on what effects your steps towards a sustainable business are having! GOING DIGITAL MEASURE YOUR EFFORTS.

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