Our Green Commitment
We believe its time to make a difference. We will join a growing global community of concerned business leaders and their employees who want to reduce waste and cut costs.
Open Hospitality has begun the journey toward a greener profile with the following initial steps as we move to reduce our corporate carbon footprint. Our employees are engaged and participating in this daily effort to conserve, reuse and work smarter.
We have identified two significant areas for change: Paper and Energy
1. We Reduce Paper Use
- We use email instead of paper or faxes whenever practical, for both internal communication and for communications with our clients.
- We don't print email messages. We have put the words "Don't print this email unless you really need to" at the bottom of all of our outbound emails.
- We print less and we don't print more copies than needed.
- We reuse what we can. We stock our fax machine with paper already printed on one side; we reuse envelopes and boxes if possible; we reuse one-sided "draft" paper in our printers.
b. Printers and Copiers and Faxes
- When printers and copiers need to be replaced, we are reducing the number of printers we buy. We save money, energy and office space.
- We purchase units that can print on both sides of a sheet of paper.
- We have set all computers and copiers to default to double-sided printing.
- We save and collect 8.5 by 11 inch paper that's been printed on one side and have designated a paper drawer on each printer for this paper to print drafts.
- We have adjusted the house style on word processing programs to use a slightly smaller font and slightly wider margins.
- We work on drafts electronically, using "edit" and "comment" application software features, instead of working on paper.
- We have eliminated standalone fax machines and integrated all faxes into our phone system.
c. Incoming Mail
- We have cut down on the number of periodical subscriptions. We survey our staff to see who subscribes to what. We trim duplicates and work out a sharing system.
- We reduce the amount of unwanted mail our company receives. We opt out of receiving unwanted catalogs.
d. Office Kitchen
- We stock our office kitchen with reusable mugs, plates, bowls, and utensils to discourage the use of disposable paper and plastic.
- We encourage employees who carry in lunches to use reusable bags and napkins.
- We encourage the use of tap water instead of bottled water.
- We provide recycling containers for employees to separate glass, plastic, and paper.
- We work with our building management to recycle the items in our trash receptacles.
2. We Reduce Energy Use
- We buy products rated by EPA's Energy Star program.
- We look for other energy-saving features such as programmability and power-save functions.
- We seek products that use as little energy as possible while in "off" mode.
- We installed motion sensors on lights so they turn off when a room or area is unoccupied.
- We make maximum use of daylight to reduce the need for lighting.
- We turn off computers and monitors when not in use.
- We turn off printers overnight.
- We activate energy-saving features on computers, and turn off screen savers.
- We turn off lights when leaving an office or conference rooms.
- We eliminated “vampire” chargers and other devices that continuously drain power.