This week saw the reemergence of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle – the quintessential small car for Boomers (known as the Bug in the 1960s) that enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s. My first car was a green Vee-Dub that took me many places. Years later I remember reading that the Beetle’s engine actually put out more carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide (key components of smog) per mile driven than a Cadillac El Dorado.
Another counterintuitive idea this Earth Day is that large businesses are cleaner than small ones. Probably not true, but large companies are intently focused on things like energy management, fleet fuel efficiency and USGBC guidelines for new and retrofitted buildings. At Verizon we have an ongoing full-court press to reduce energy consumption in everything from the amount of data (=electricity consumption) we need to run our networks and paperless billing to telework for our employees.
But what about small businesses – are they lean, clean green machines these days? Well here are five green things you can do with your home office technology. Did you also know there are grants for small business green initiatives?
What are the primary drivers for any business to “go green?” This survey tells you what you might have surmised – cost savings, community goodwill and employee morale top the charts. Check out Greenbiz and learn more about what small businesses can do Earth Day and every day!