How does an audio visual company make its inventory greener?
|Green Practices by Manufacturers||We review company ratings to see who ranks high in green business practices.|
|Lighter Gear||Equipment that weighs less, ships for less.|
|Energy Efficiency||Gear that uses less power not only saves resources but can cut down on our client’s power requirements for their shows and booths.|
At our heart, we are a technology company. We recognize that much of the waste created in the development, use, and disposal of our inventory is damaging to the environment.
As part of the first phase of our green initiatives, we began to donate and recycle equipment that we were retiring. Now, we are working to insure that the new equipment we purchase is as green as possible by using a two phase process.
Green Practices by Manufacturers: Many companies are implementing green practices in their business practices. We currently use the Newsweek Green Rankings (http://greenrankings.newsweek.com/top500) to support companies who are producing high caliber equipment while limiting their impact on the environment.
Equipment Evaluation: We have two major requirements for our equipment:
- Power: The energy efficiency of the products is weighed against performance. A more energy efficient model uses less power at the facilities, produces less heat, and saves on air conditioning. (http://reviews.cnet.com/energy-efficiency-guide/)
- Weight: Weight is the second consideration. Because our equipment travels all over the country many times a year, the combined excess weight adds to our fuel usage and our operating costs. Lightweight LCDs, smaller profile computers, projectors and speakers can use less space in the truck allowing for more efficient packing and use less fuel.
Here are some examples of equipment under review:
- Plasma vs. LCD plasma TVs use more power than LCD TVs. In our tests of TVs since the beginning of 2008 plasmas consume on average roughly two to three times more electricity to produce an image of the same brightness as an LCD.
- Laptops: we are encouraging the use of laptops which use ¼ the energy of a traditional desktop and 1/2 of the weight.