Today we celebrate Earth Day which is a good reminder we have only one planet and should do the things within our control to help minimize our impact. Can Virginia Business Systems help make your organization carbon neutral? In a word, no. Can we help you be more environmentally friendly, and help you achieve your sustainability goals- yes.
Your carbon footprint is important and utilizing energy-saving printers can be a step in moving toward an eco-friendly office. We offer a wide range of power efficient printing devices to make your green office goals more attainable.
For starters, our print devices are all Energy Star certified and compliant for starters. This means they draw less power, emit fewer particles and are quiet. This is a certification process and one which Konica Minolta, HP, Xerox and Lexmark all participate. From Energy Star’s website:
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including nearly 40% of the Fortune 500®—partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions that protect the climate while improving air quality and protecting public health. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped American families and businesses save 5 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity, avoid more than $450 billion in energy costs, and achieve 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. Over the lifetime of the program, every dollar EPA has spent on ENERGY STAR resulted in $350 in energy cost savings for American business and households. In 2019 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans save nearly 500 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and avoid $39 billion in energy costs.
Speaking of our manufacturing partners, they invest heavily in environmental practices such as recycling, responsible packaging, certifications and environmentally favorable programs we deliver to you, our customers. To learn more about the Sustainability programs click here.
One of the most impactful programs we offer is PrintReleaf, an automated sustainability program. For customers opting into this program, it replaces trees used in the production of paper based on your actual usage. For every case of paper you print on your devices, a tree is planted in one of 10 forests of your choosing. This program is also certified and you receive a certificate updated (real time or monthly) showing your team, customers, vendors etc. how you are performing, listing the number of trees you have sponsored. There are tools to share this on social media and your personalized page showing your performance. Many educational institutions such as K-12, universities and colleges have embraced this program and include it as a key portion of their sustainability efforts. We hope that more businesses will see the value and incorporate this at the enterprise level and small and medium sized organizations. Unlike many carbon offset programs, this one is budget friendly and easy to track with full transparency. We can start this program with any customer at any time, just let us know. To learn more, click here to see how Virginia Business Systems offers a simple way to help our planet and offset the impact of print in our forests.