Yes, this will cost you money anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, according to Jerry Lawson, national manager of Energy Star. However, if your business is going to be around for a long time, hiring an auditor might be a wise investment. "We believe you can't manage what you can't measure," he says.
How many times have you printed out a 30-page document when you could have read it and made edits and comments to it through online tracking just as easily? It's a habit, yes but a bad one that we all need to quit.
Most people in the technology world know not to throw batteries into the garbage can same for used printer cartridges, discarded cell phones, memory sticks, old or damaged laptops, and so on.
Most electronics that people currently own contain high levels of lead and other toxic materials that need to be handled appropriately so they dont end up in a landfill and leach poisons into the soil and ultimately, our drinking water. (Fortunately, major tech vendors are increasingly making new equipment cleaner)
Safe disposal is really important, Quinn said. Eighty percent of hardware gets dumped.
In future coverage, we will look at ways in which you can make green business and green computing more pervasive throughout your organization and thus reap more benefits. Outsourcing, thin clients and collaboration technology are just a few of the strategies that apply. Essentially, well provide advice on how to take your business to the next level by aligning IT investments and strategic decisions with green goals.
Polly Schneider Traylor is a freelance business and technology writer based in San Mateo, California.
This article was first published on SmallBusinessComputing.com.