What do Paper, Vitamin D, and Coffee Have in Common?

Lumbergh Meme

The Arch Street Communications laboratory, lair, lodging (or perhaps ‘HQ’) is where we gather each day to make it all happen. Without our treasured space in the landmark Arts Westchester building, we couldn’t do all that we do to ensure yes happens for our clients. To show our appreciation and respect, we’ve made a commitment to take care of this place and establish the ASC suite as an environmentally responsible tenant.

With props to Mother Nature, we are obliged to treat the planet with respect, dignity, and love. Simple, seemingly inconsequential steps to reduce our environmental footprint are all it takes to make a meaningful impact.

Below are a few strides we ASC’ers take each day to be nicer to our world:

• Embrace the natty (natural) light: Since overhead lights are just way too much to handle in the morning, open the blinds, save some cash on energy costs, and receive some vitamin D in the process. My colleagues and I are often teased for being vampires since we keep the glaring overhead lights off, but hey, it works for us.

• Coffee, Coffee, Coffee: Use reusable K-cups. You have more power over your coffee selection, it takes very little time to clean, and you have the peace of mind that you’re not throwing away yet another plastic cup. Plus, it tastes way better. Bonus points: buy some rainforest-alliance certified, fair-trade coffee. From bean to mug, you’re killin’ it in the loving the planet department.

• This tip is tear-able: The average office worker continues to use a mind-boggling 10,000 sheets of copy paper every year. That’s bonkers. Resort to digital methods to distribute agendas, projects, and presentations. I often use a tablet to access and edit files, so I don’t have to print paper unnecessarily. At ASC, we’ve adopted the messaging tool Slack to help digitally streamline the distribution of office-wide documents and client deliverables.

• Another tear-able tip: Yeah, I know, you had to print out that TPS report (thank you, Lumbergh). It was 23 pages and you didn’t feel great about printing it but had to do it for one reason or another…fret not! Take that now useless stack of papers, slap those suckers on a paper cutter, slice it hamburger style, throw a binder clip on the top left edge, and boom— you now have a new, recycled notebook to brag about.(Pro-tip: convince your office manager to buy 100% recycled paper. The price is equivalent, and the impact is doubled.)

ASC recycles shot rotated

• Sleep Mode!: Super simple tip­—put your computer in sleep mode at the end of the day. Ideally, we should be powering down our computers, but we all know that rebooting and relaunching applications at the beginning of the day can be time-consuming. Sleep mode allows the computer to use the least amount of energy required to keep active, without having to power down. Hello, energy savings.

These steps are low-hanging fruits that any office could adopt to promote sustainable practices. Genuine, impactful change really boils down to a mindset shift, where all employees feel empowered to be the change they want to see. All it requires is one person to take the initiative and others will soon catch on.

On a more serious note, Arch Street Communications, and all businesses, provide a service for the greater good. Our work routinely homes in on the clean energy and transportation sectors, improving and saving lives. It is our daily mission to ensure our clients can achieve success because we know that mutual prosperity is key for a sustainable future. It is therefore our responsibility to ensure that we are not treading on anyone else, including the environment.

I’d like to conclude with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, in light of his recent birthday, to sum up the rationale behind this article in a few powerful words:

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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