In 2009, a Conservation Team was formed. A small group of employees began brainstorming ways the company could reduce paper and toner consumption, decrease electricity consumption, travel to work in a "greener" fashion, and help the community.
In the last three years, the company has come a long way. Paper usage has decreased dramatically - from 2008 to 2009 total per-person paper consumption decreased 40%. With several enhancements to our daily processes, there is now little to no need to even use the printer. Electricity usage has gone down due an energy management program that was rolled out to employees. And with our new, energy efficient building, we've dramatically reduced our carbon footprint.
Additionally, the Conservation Team has been able to use Conservice Cares (a program that allows employees to take a couple of hours of paid time off each month to do service) to get employees involved in activities that improve the environment. Activities have included tree planting on the USU campus, a number of roadside canyon cleanups (we adopted a stretch of highway up the local canyon), and Logan's Earth Day Downtown, where we educated residents on composting and offered conservation tips. The Conservation Team introduced "Conservation Week" this year, where employees were offered daily conservation tips and quizzed on their daily activities to determine which employee was the most "green." Prizes were awarded to our top three winners.
|Planting trees on campus at USU|