Rose Goes Green
Rose International Goes Green!
When it comes to doing business these days, whether your company is a small business on Main Street or a multi-national conglomerate, there are global implications to the decisions we make. Everyday across America you can read headlines regarding toxic chemicals, benefits of recycling, the health of our natural resources and surroundings.
At first glance, a services company may have very little to do with the health of our planet. At Rose International however, we challenged ourselves to find ways to help our aging planet. We have just begun, but here are some of the ways in which we've found to help keep our world healthy and green!
Rose International's environmental quality control focuses on three main efforts: 1) having work spaces that are efficient in design and environmentally friendly; 2) reducing our paper waste by keeping things digital and dematerialized whenever possible; 3) using all the power-management options we have available.
For the first effort, we focus on our workspaces. Being a service-based company this is where we have the largest impact on the environment. We have a corporate policy to use Herman Miller Resolve furniture in our offices, where possible. A Resolve workstation weighs one-third less than a traditional systems workstation, thus using less material. Every part is easily disassembled for recycling. Workstations are 86 percent recyclable, and contain 27 percent recycled materials. Compared to traditional systems, Resolve has about one-quarter the components, and takes up one-third the space when knocked down in storage. Last but not least, the design layouts create higher workstation densities, while maintaining openness and comfort, saving on energy and real estate costs. Resolve is GREENGUARD certified, and may contribute to LEED credits. For Rose International, all of these benefits are meaningful ways to be environmentally responsible, and they also support our business goals.
For the second effort, we've moved way beyond the recycle bins we keep in all office locations. We have spent significantly on systems to move as many documents, forms and business processes to digital form as possible. This is not only environmentally smart; it also improves our business flexibility and reduces cost. We require fewer file cabinets, printers, toner cartridges, paper supplies, etc. We equip each team member with two PC screens, so they have no need to print documents, but can do all work necessary in digital form. This also helps our ability to serve our customers, because all information is at our fingertips. We also implemented a "Bring Your Own Cup (BYOC) to Work" program. No longer do we purchase throw away cups in our kitchen facilities nationwide.
For the third effort, we utilize all power-saving intelligence on the devices we use. We deploy standardized equipment in all our offices with the same images on the disk drives to leverage power saving options to the fullest. Similarly, we use multi-functional printer / scanner / fax machines to minimize the total number of devices, and use their power saving capabilities to the fullest. In our work spaces, our team members' ownership attitudes are such that we turn off lights where possible and certainly after hours. By having as few devices on as possible and by shutting off lights and devices where possible, we preserve resources and lower costs of our business at the same time.
In addition, we recycle computer and electronic equipment to help conserve natural resources and avoid air and water pollution as well as greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA estimates that recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 U.S. homes in one year!