Softchoice 2010 Air Travel

The Air miles traveled by Softchoice employees for business in 2010 was 3,493,134.5 miles. This is a slight increase from previous year by 809,317 miles or 10.36%.  The reason for the increase of travel is due in part of the economy recovering in 2010 from the recession. The Air travel is well below the 2009 amount of 7,808,933 miles and is still a reduction of 55.27% from 2009.

To help to reduce the need to travel, Softchoice lunched two new video conference systems. [Read more…]

Buying Carbon Offsets

This project green initiative was to reduce or eliminate the impact of Softchoice’s logistics by purchasing carbon offsets. In case you are unfamiliar with what carbon offsets are, and how they work, the brief most direct definition is that carbon offsets are ways in which companies can have a positive impact on the environment to make up for  harm caused in its operation. The price of a carbon offset is generally based on the cost of an environmentally positive company reducing one ton of carbon in the atmosphere.  These offsets are issued by a third party who distributes the funds to companies working on green products or directly from the company. 

Initially the project was only to buy carbon offsets but later evolved to providing data direct to customers on the statistics and geographic route mapping of their purchase. Generally these were roughly twenty-six dollars per ton and could be bought by a variety of vendors. The second task in this purchase was to find out how many carbon credits were necessary.  After combing the internet for carbon calculators I was able to locate a company which had a calculator specific to shipping emissions. Using another calculator to determine the proper sample size needed to in order to draw conclusions about our total emissions I ran the sample through the calculator [Read more…]

Organizations Reduce, Rather Than Shift, Emissions

Reducing one’s carbon footprint is a daunting task. Every operational activity a business undertakes results, directly or indirectly, in carbon emissions. As businesses strive to “go carbon neutral,” they are faced with two choices: reduce operational carbon emissions, or invest in credits or emission-neutralizing efforts to “offset” emissions that cannot be avoided. Many organizations that have historically employed this “pollute and pay” philosophy are rethinking their strategy, and opting instead to make meaningful reductions in work environment CO2.

When corporate environmentalism first took off there was no easy way to cut operating carbon emissions. Instead, companies invested in a form of emissions trading by buying “carbon credits.” These credits, sold by a number of third-parties, are a way to cancel out their projected emissions. Common carbon credits include investment in renewable power or the planting of trees. [Read more…]