By Carl Eckersley, Manager, Personal System Group Product Stewardship

I consider myself very fortunate and I am proud to work for a company that has valued corporate citizenship for over 50 years, caring for the environment and caring for others is part of who we are at HP. Even if your company doesn’t have a history of environmental responsibility, it’s never too late to get started. There are lots of simple things that any employee at any company can do to help reduce the impact of their workplace on the environment.

To get started, take a look at power use in the office. As an individual, you can ensure your PC always has power management features enabled, which will put it in “sleep” mode after a short period of inactivity. Some PCs, like those from HP, are built with energy-efficient features and ship with power management enabled, so looking for those types of features is always the energy smart choice when purchasing new equipment.

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If your company’s IT policies don’t prohibit it, always turn your PC and monitor off at night. They both continue to draw power, even in sleep mode. Larger companies with their own IT networks should be sure to buy PCs with power management software installed, or install it across their network, to minimize power use across the entire network of PCs.

When office equipment becomes outdated, a good first step before discarding is to see if it can be used by someone else. The longer technology can be used, the less
ends up in landfills. HP has excellent PC reuse programs that refurbish 3-5 year old PCs, where your company can turn in its old systems in exchange for a discount on new technology from HP. HP ensures secure removal of all data and then provides the refurbished systems to a variety of organizations including charitable organizations, companies that are looking to maintain consistency of their PC installations, even disaster relief teams who need technology to help those in need — we are always able to find markets and customers who can still use older, functional PCs. If your technology is no longer functional, then HP and other manufacturers can help your company recycle it responsibly — also often with a discount on new technology.

Finally, ask your company about work-from-home options. The beauty of technology is that it allows business today to be conducted efficiently from anywhere- with notebooks with built-in web cams, desktop virtualization and the advances in video conferencing technologies, things like security, collaboration and productivity that were once barriers to working remotely have been addressed. If implementing these types of technologies isn’t currently an option for your company, then employees themselves can still make a difference with things like starting car pools, advocating for alternative transportation availability on major routes like bicycle lanes, and even cutting back on business travel by conducting conference calls whenever possible.

All of these little things add up environmentally, and each business and employee can begin to do their part with just a few simple changes.

Carl Eckersley

Manager, Personal System Group Product Stewardship

HP