By Brian MacGee, CCS Kansas City
When you take a look at the big picture, audio visual systems can have a major impact on company sustainability. Most companies don’t realize that A/V solutions can play an important role in reducing an organization’s carbon footprint. For example:
• Business Conferencing: Instead of spending funds on flying employees and partners across the country for meetings, simply have a video conferencing system installed. Not only will you save money on airfare, car rental and lodging expenses, you will reduce downtime and increase productivity for you project teams, not to mention reducing carbon emission related to travel.
• SMART Boards™: Educators can help save trees and dollars spent on supplies for classroom instruction by using interactive SMART Boards and student remote response systems instead of using paper handouts.
• Automated Power Systems: A/V integrators can help organizations be more energy-efficient by using environmental control systems with auto programmable settings to turn off equipment when not in use. Some manufacturers, such as Crestron have complete building systems that allow for equipment management and commercial lighting control. In fact, one school district saved more than $250,000 in energy costs by simply powering down projectors and other associated A/V gear.
Is your company proactive in this area? Assess its green initiatives and call an A/V integrator to help you improve. The environment and your business will thank you.