New England-Based Technology Company Reduces Carbon Footprint with a Variety of Activities
Salem, NH (February 22, 2016) – From alternative energy to stocking post-consumer recycled content in the office, WEI is leading the IT industry in corporate sustainability. The technology services provider, based in New England, recently rolled out WEI StepsUP, an eco-friendly initiative which helps to reduce emissions, pollutants and their overall environmental impact. Here are the activities WEI is working on to reduce its carbon footprint:
Reduced Carbon Emissions: Delivery vehicles are small, well-packed and energy-efficient, which can reduce emissions by 50% when compared to a large delivery truck. Routes are scheduled geographically to reduce unnecessary time on the road.
Waste Reduction: WEI has a number of initiatives around waste reduction. Most importantly,WEI has implemented a composting program. All cafeteria items – from utensils to plates – are compostable and go into a composting program. WEI has eliminated unnecessary packaging waste by moving to bulk snacks for the employees, and also the employees now utilize reusable water bottles in lieu of disposable cups.
Recycling: WEI has two recycling initiatives. First is to do as much recycling in-house as possible. Second is to purchase paper goods – tissue, napkins, business cards, letterhead and envelopes – made from the maximum post-consumer recycled content available. In addition to in-house recycling programs, WEI offers free removal and proper disposal of all packaging materials delivered to customers.
LED Lighting: While incandescent lights have a lifespan of just 800 hours, WEI’s LED lighting can shine bright for up to 60,000 hours.
Green Areas: Although committed to reserving 50% of its total property to undeveloped “green space,” WEI has exceeded this goal and reserved 72% of its land! These areas serve as natural wetlands, native habitats and employee rest areas.
Sustainable Energy: The WEI Data Center utilizes “Economizers” for air conditioning. This is a feature that uses the cold air from outside the building (below 60 degrees) and equates to a reduction of electrical use for 9 months of the year. In addition to decreasing electrical use, WEI is in the process of investigating a combination of wind and solar power options. The projected project includes a 10kW wind turbine and several hundred square feet of photoelectric panels. With this configuration,WEI expects to achieve a carbon footprint of zero during peak hours, and contribute energy back to the grid, which reduces fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gases.
Making a difference in the world begins with a state of mind; through WEI StepsUP, all employees are aware of their actions and take noticeable steps to protect and preserve the environment.
WEI is an innovative, full-service, customer-centric IT solutions provider. WEI is an expert in business technology improvement, helping clients optimize their IT environments and work efficiently. WEI works with customers to integrate corporate strategy, new technologies and their current IT environment into one company-wide model to increase utilization and efficiencies around their unique business processes.
WEI’s clients benefit from services ranging from strategy to deployment, value-added services, onsite training, integration, testing labs and a commitment to quality. From solution design through implementation, WEI’s sales and technical teams remain focused on providing unwavering support throughout a project.
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