This month we celebrate Earth Day, a reminder that our planet deserves care an attention to stay healthy and to keep the people living their healthy too. April 22nd year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Creating a healthy and sustainable environment doesn’t rely on just one miracle solution. It takes a lot of efforts from a lot of different sources to build into something great. While building community gardens, throwing recycling drives, and hosting other environmentally conscious events can help raise awareness and make an impact, there are other ways to help Mother Earth.
Something you might not instantly equate with saving the Earth is going green in your business. Sure, it seems like a small (and almost too easy) step to take, but in the long run it can make a big difference. One way to put the environment first at work is to transfer your business processes from manual systems to a paperless BPM case management solution. Case management platforms like eCase and FOIAXpress automate work processes digitally, so the stacks of paper that outdated systems use are saved. In a report put out by the Department of the Interior Office of the Inspector General it was reported that after updating their office to AINS’ case management system, “Workflows are reducing the amount of paper we consume every year. We estimated that we save almost 16,000 sheets of paper, or 32 reams, by processing telework agreements and micropurchases electronically.”
16,000 sheets is nothing to sneeze at. It follows that with more digital automation across more agencies that even more paper could be saved. Over the years, that adds up to a lot of trees (and dollars) saved.
There are other things your office can do to increase its benefit to the environment. The next time you need to make a maintenance switch, upgrade to fluorescent bulbs and low-flow toilets. Install hand dryers instead of paper towels. Using a recycling service can help your office to cut down on paper waste.