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6 Green Conferencing Tips for Small Businesses

November 8, 2017 0 Comments

Global warming is heating up, and the pressure is on businesses of all sizes to be more environmentally friendly.

And unfortunately, business travel is a huge contributor to carbon dioxide pollution. Did you know that a single flight from London to New York creates an average 1.2 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions?

Or that a gas-fueled car traveling 500 miles per week creates an average 9 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year?

All of this adds up to nearly 6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted by the U.S. alone.

So what can your small business do to help save the earth without risking productivity? Or worse, your bottom line.

The answer is simple. Your small business can take advantage of the cost savings, convenience, and environmentally-friendly video web conferencing software to get your business done.

And it’s not as difficult or expensive as you might think.

Here are 6 tips to get you started making your conferences green:

1) Have your employees telecommute a couple days a week if possible. Annually, a worker with a one way commute of 22 miles can save up to 81,000 MJ of energy by telecommuting. That’s about 50% of the annual electricity consumption of an average household!

2) Instead of having meeting attendees each take their own notes, use a web conferencing whiteboard slide where everyone can contribute. Every ton of paper you don’t use saves 38 gallons of oil and 17 trees.

3) When you’re in a face to face meeting, use the hibernate or standby function on your computer to cut energy consumption by up to 80%.

4) Use video conferencing instead of traveling overseas. A trip from New York to London creates 1.2 tons of CO2 emissions.

5) Instead of printing out conference call information, download all of your conference call information into your mobile device.

6) Work from home, if you can. On average, a five-day commuting work week releases 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, per employee.

So whether you conduct your meetings face-to-face, on the phone, or on the web, there are many ways to make your meetings greener. And your children and grandchildren will some day thank you for using web conferencing to reduce carbon dioxide pollution.

Sonja Mishek is Vice President of Marketing at VideoLive Conferences, Inc. (

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