We're Going Green:
Earth-Friendly Initiatives at Coordinated
Going green is no longer a novel idea for businesses. At Coordinated Business Systems, we take energy conservation, environmental preservation and waste reduction seriously, and so do our technology partners. To do our part, we work hard to offer the most energy efficient document imaging products that reduce operational costs and have marginal impact on the environment and partner with other companies who support our mission.
Together we can reduce our footprint
Our technology partners are just as committed as we are to energy conservation and environmental preservation. Here are some of the initiatives our partners have put in place to help reduce waste and conserve energy.
Kyocera recognizes that sometimes business activities can have a negative effect on the environment. To counter-balance these effects, they have established strict, environmental measures, including:
- Ozone layer protection
- Waste reduction
- Energy and resource conservation
Key Green Initiatives
At its US facilities, Kyocera has earned ISO 14001:2004 certification for its Environmental Management System. This annual certification distinguishes corporations that effectively manage how their activities, products and services impact the environment.
Kyocera also participates in a voluntary partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that Kyocera products meet the high standards of the ENERGY STAR���������� program.
HP focuses its green initiatives on climate and energy preservation, product reuse, recycling and supply chain responsibility. In 2013, HP reduced its carbon footprint by 16% from the year before and 21% less than in 2011.
HP continuously looks for ways to reduce its carbon impact, such as:
- Helping suppliers improve their environmental performance, from how the source raw materials to how they manufacture and ship our products.
- Investing in innovative, energy efficient products and ways that help customers improve paper use.
Sharp is very passionate about environmental conservation. Their environmentally friendly LCD television manufacturing facility in Kameyama, Japan, features one of the world's largest roof-mounted solar systems. And Sharp's appliances and business products are among the industry's most energy efficient. Currently, all Sharp factories are working to eliminate waste and greenhouse gases. Learn more about Sharp's extensive environmental targets.
Lexmark's commitment to environmental sustainability can be seen in their innovative and progressive eco-friendly solutions such as the US Equipment Collection and US Cartridge Collection programs. Through these collection and recycling programs Lexmark has been able to reduce customer paper use, increase product energy efficiency, cut overall use of material in products and manage effective hardware recovery processes. This sustained effort has allowed Lexmark to consistently create a positive impact on their customers, employees, stakeholders and the global community.
In the last few years, Lexmark has dedicated more than $1 Billion to research and development. A portion of those funds went towards developing energy efficiency features for devices, print less solutions, and other features that reduce the environmental impact of print environments.
Lexmark strongly encourages cartridge recycling, and collects them on behalf of customers and recycles them at their own facility. Then they feed the raw materials back into new production. The company's state-of-the-art facility in Mexico was the first manufacturing facility in the country to achieve LEED-Gold certification.
How you can help
We can all make a difference. Here are some tips for conserving energy and resources.
Use less paper
Reuse paper whenever possible. Instead of dumping abandoned print jobs in the recycling bin, just put an X through the content you don't need and use the fresh side.
Only print what you need. Instead of printing off an entire email chain, copy and paste what's relevant. Same goes for multi-page reports. Don't need it all? Just print what you need.
There are many ways to recycle. In addition to recycling paper, cans and bottles, we encourage our customers to recycle their empty toner containers. In North America alone, over 350 million ink cartridges end up in landfills. Together we can keep material waste out of landfills and put it to better use. You can recycle your used toner cartridges at No Charge and Go Green. Try to use suppliers that will take back packaging either for re-use or recycling.
Conserve energy and resources
Cut back where you can. LED lights use less energy, so you save money too. Unplug electronics you're not using and be sure to turn everything off at the end of the day. Fix leaky pipes and faucets. Consider assessing your company's overall energy usage and identifying ways you can conserve.
There are always unavoidable emissions from using heating and cooling systems. You can offset some of the effects with companies like LiveNeutral, CarbonFund, or TerraPass. The fee you pay them helps fund other green initiatives such as wind energy.
Use green cleaning solutions or create DYI options. A quick search on Pinterest yields a lot of viable results. Consider refurbished or recycle office furniture to create sustainable workspaces.