Going Green - Carbon Credits don't go far enough!
Efficiently using and conserving resources is important to us and in many cases it is possible to do without little or no sacrifice. So, why not? We're not out buying carbon credits, or promoting the taxing of air, but we are doing our part to preserve and respect the earth's resources for future generations. At HighwayInternet.com we think
that it is better to avoid creating a carbon footprint in the first
place, rather than buying “indulgences” to license irresponsible
behavior. So we’ve taken several steps that reduce our carbon
footprint right up front:
Since 2000, we've done all our billing on line via email. We never anticipated that it would be a marketing tool. We just felt it was more efficient. This has saved an estimated 120,000 sheets of paper, and 60,000 envelopes. It's also prevented our staff from getting calluses on our tongues from licking 60,000 stamps.
Automatic power down of office equipment
Many non-critical pieces of office equipment (such as printers, lights, computer monitors) in our offices shut themselves off when not used for a period of time or after business hours in an effort to passively save energy.
Zero Fuel Consumption
We don't commute, so we don't pollute. By working remotely and
using up-to-date collaborative tools, our customer service and support
staff don't have to commute to the office, thus keeping vehicles
off the roads and reducing carbon emissions. This also enables us
to hire top-quality personnel from around the world, regardless
of geographic location. Currently, we have staff in both the U.S.
Heat with Renewable Resources
Our office in northern Idaho uses a wood pellet stove for heating
to lower the expense of a regular furnace. Wood pellets are made
from waste material which used to be burned by local sawmills, but
is now recycled into a clean, green source of fuel.