I don’t often talk (blog) about personal opinions on global matters like Climate Change, but in the spirit of Blog Action Day and climate change on the agenda I thought I ought to.
As the topic of climate change edges rapidly higher on everyone’s agenda it seems we can no longer avoid it or push the environmental snooze button.
With marked increase in media attention, hype and all to frequent evidence of climatic catastrophes, the full consequence of our man-made actions are forcing conscientious people to pay attention.
Focus and attention is no more obvious than right at our company – UBM. This is not an sucking up exercise to gain brownie points (or Wiki points for that matter), it’s merely something I’ve observed over the course of ~12 months. I love observing people, habits, cultures and adaptation from influence. I guess I can self-confess to being obsessive about observation and working out behavioural impacts and reasononings. Anyway, over the last two years I’ve noticed many changes in my immediate work space vacinity. Some of the changes are subtle some profound but overall I believe it’s making an impact albeit minuscule in the grand scheme of things. And its impact is not just at work but home too.
I want to dedicate this Blog Action Day post to three sets of people:
- The company ‘environmentalists’ – for commissioning the company initiatives and enforcing them and irrespective of their own personal agendas,
- My colleagues – who’ve adapted really well to the cultural changes and partcipated unreservedly and finally
- Me – for committing time to write this post and present my obbservations (see below).
So on with my obsessive observations then. At my work (UBM Live) here are 10 areas where I’ve observed changes (environment and economical): see a few snaps below
- Lift antrums – automated light on/off switches
- Toilets – automatic on/off lights switches and manual time sensitive bathroom water faucets
- Fewer paper waste bins as well as dedicated paper-only waste bins
- Waste separation buckets for better recycling (plastics, cups)
- Sugar sachets replaced with dispensers (less waste) in our canteen
- Email signatures discouraging pointless printing of emails
- Better optimised websites for print versions aimed at reducing uneccessary paper wastage.
- Facilitiy provision to encourage commuting by bicycle and ride-to-work schemes to encourage cycle commuting
- Centralised ‘Climate Day’ initiatives aimed at making employees more aware of its waste production and its effects on the environment
- First exhibition to be awareded carbon neutral status in Europe.
Naturally there is always room for improvement. So whilst we’re making fantastic in-roads into reducing our waste and there is more room for improvement:
- Continue to make improvement to cycling to work culture perhaps by offering incentives for employees
- More senior management encouragement of healthy social events aimed at Corporate Social Responsibility
- Lift cancel button (LOL) – just had to say that
- Environment awareness campaigns and better disposal monitoring.
With our company’s collective effort we’ve managed to save a huge amount on wastage (tonnage) in 2009. These initiatives stand testiment to UBM’s committment to its corporate responsibility at protecting the environment in the fight against climate change.
As part of the company-wide initiative our bloggers are supporting Blog Action Day (on Climate Change) so why not check out my colleagues’ post too.
If you would like to read similar posts on this subject from some of my colleagues, please click on any of the links below: