Take the Green Pledge

In honor of Earth day, which took place yesterday, the Avaya sustainability program rolled out a Green Pledge on our internal intranet. This pledge is intended to bring together our green community in a simple, yet effective pledge to green our lives. This has been very well received, with many colleagues joining the pledge and more to come. DSC_0912.JPG

Examples of pledges thus far from my colleagues, very inspiring!

– We recycle almost everything we use at home. We have the CFL and LED lights on 90% of the lights we use. I think I have only printed less than 10 documents in the year I have worked at Avaya, I never thought I would be able to do that, but it is easier than you think!
– We participate in every form of recycling available – paper, plastic, aluminum, composting, and using the CFL bulbs. The latest has been teaching my children to choose items that are not only environmentally safe but also use less packaging. I know nothing new to most of us but encouraging them to think about this every time they make a purchase is quite a challenge. Go Earth!
– We embarked on the “green” way about 4 years ago. We started with the low energy light bulbs, more loft insulation and other things. We then ensured that our waste is recycled where possible. Then we decided on an eco dryer and finally solar panels…..I now have effectively no energy bill. So I benefit, the planet takes a deep sigh of relief and hopefully future generations we benefit. We also try to grow some of our food, but I am still working on that.
– We have been conscious of recycling for some time. All of the above are great and most of them have been followed. We will pledge to do better.

Upon further reflection, thought it was appropriate to open the pledge up to all Avaya stakeholders. Encourage you to consider what actions you can take to make your life more efficient and greener, both at home and at the office. Everyone that signs the Green Pledge is eligible for a zip file with a number of nature scenes from around the world, including the image above from Nevada, for their desktop to provide a continual reminder of how beautiful nature can be. Email me directly at greenteam@avaya.com to get your copy.

Green Pledge
This pledge is an affirmation of your commitment to personal environmental actions and policies. By electronically signing this pledge, you commit to taking (or continuing to take) concrete personal actions both in your personal and professional lives to make the world greener and more sustainable.

Sign your name below via a comment or even better, list at least one measure you have you taken or will you take to make the Earth better off.

Which of the following measures have you taken or will you take to make the Earth better off at home?
o Recycling at home
o Buying appliances (refrigerator, dish washer, computer, etc.) with your country approved energy efficiency rating, such as Energy Star in the United States
o Converting at least 50% of your house to compact florescent lightbulbs or LEDs
o Installing low flow water fixtures
o Adjusting your heating/cooling equipment to use less energy (higher temps in the summer and lower temps during the winter)
o Using environmentally friendly cleaning products throughout your house
o If available, purchasing renewable energy from your local utility company
o Composting your organic waste
o Aggressively using public transport

Which of the following measures have you taken or will you take to make the Earth better off at the office?
o Printing documents doubled sided, or better yet not printing if you don’t have to
o Using your computer’s sleep or hibernate function when you are not using it
o Taking advantage of recycling opportunities at the office, which can include paper, plastic, glass and e-waste
o Where business needs permit, using Avaya’s collaboration tools to reduce business travel; for example using Avaya one-X®, AvayaLive™ Engage or Avaya Flare® as a substitute for face to face meetings

How many of the above actions do you pledge to make a new part of your life? ‘Sign’ the Pledge in the comments below.

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About Vic Levinson
Telecommunications and IT professional with over 20 years experience in Business Telecommunications. Specializing in voice over IP (VoIP) for business: hosted VoIP, business VoIP phone systems, SIP providers, carriers, T1's - the works. Founded Prime Telecommunications in 1993 and providing business communications solutions. Cloud Applications- everything from hosted network security, hosted Disaster Recovery, hosted printer management, data centers and colocation solutions for businesses.

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