I’ve always liked the shades of green not only because in software automation testing it’s a color for a “Passing” test script; it’s also a restful color (for me), the color that symbolizes growth and new life, and the color that radiates the energy of Mother Nature (so calming).
Recently, our company launched the Exist Green IT initiative titled “Do You Have a Green Mind?” with the following objectives:
- To make Exist a greener place of work by putting value on caring for Mother Nature
- To optimize our operational costs relative to power, water, bandwidth, paper and supplies
- To comply with our Corporate Social Responsibility by starting a movement of responsible consumers from within our Team
In line with this campaign, they’ve organized a group of “Eco-Friends” that would meet together to plan for activities to put this program in motion.
Every campaign success begins with awareness. Knowing where we are, what we want to achieve and what steps we need to do. So is true with Green IT. We need to be aware with the life cycle of things we use around us. Here’s a visual way of understanding this:
Being conscious on what happens when we throw away our garbage – cigarette butts, lunch styrofoam, plastic spoon and fork, straw – gives us a second thought of whether we should cast it in the trash bag or find a way to make it more useful.
Enough with the awareness drive. It’s time for Green Action! I’ve listed here seven tips where we can personally do our share in our little way:
1. Bring your own mug and utensils (spoon and fork).
Save one paper cup a day. Save one pair of plastic spoon and fork each meal. Simple yet one lasting legacy.
2. No to plastics.
Whenever I buy something from the bookstore/grocery, especially one or two small items, I ask the bagger not to put it in plastic anymore, I just place it inside my bag.
3. Turn off your computer/laptop and printer before leaving the office.
And please don’t forget to unplug the machine and the chargers as well.
4. Walk more.
Walking alone gives you three benefits already. It’s good for your health. You save money. And you reduce air pollution from riding vehicles.
5. Make it a habit to carry along your Exist eco-friendly bag.
6. Proper garbage segregation.
Segregating biodegradables and non-biodegradables could be a tough task if done in the dump sites with tons and tons of garbage. But if it starts at the tip of our fingers, the moment we throw that one single litter in the right bin, life could be easier.
7. Spread the word!
Share information through sessions, blogs and social media to raise awareness and encourage your friends and colleagues how they could be “greener.”
More than awareness and providing lists of do’s and don’ts, caring for Mother Earth is a lifestyle not just in the office, but also at home, the streets, malls… basically wherever we are.
We would be glad to hear your thoughts on this. Together, let us all think, live and breath Green!