Spring Garden Street Mint building. (Via Steven A. Ives 2007)
This is a rhetorical question, but has your company taken the time and steps needed to be a bit more on the environmentally friendly side?
In an effort to adopt some sustainability practices, the U.S. Mint is will be following the new ISO 50001 standards to curb its energy usage by 5% over five years. The rule book should give the Mist plenty of ideas and regulations to meet their goals rather quickly. The plan is scheduled to begin in 2012.
The Mint released these statements: “The production of coins is a natural-resource intensive process. Sustainability projects that reduce the United States Mint’s energy, water and material use during coin production will cut costs. These sustainability projects will have the added social benefits of reducing air pollution, water pollution, solid waste and greenhouse-gas emissions.”
Here is a list of absolute crimes that corporations, I worked at, were guilty of during my time with them:
- Threw away hundreds of pounds of paper. The typical 'print out a circuit schematic, throw it away' practice. (I recycled what I could.)
- Dumpsters full of electronic and industrial surplus. (I scavenged what I found useful in the pile.)
- Leaving computers and lights on at all times, even week-long holiday breaks. (I would turn off my system at least.)
Do what you can to lessen the energy burden.