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Happy Earth Day! Green Initiatives for Your Business

Posted on the 22 April 2014 by Fleetmatics @fleetmatics

If you already employ fleet tracking for your company vehicles, you can breathe easy knowing that you are making an effort to lower your environmental footprint. A properly implemented fleet management solution can help to lower fleet fuel costs, reduce fuel consumption and decrease CO2 emissions overall.

This Earth Day, take a deep look into your business to see what you can do. Maybe it is implementing a recycling program for your office. Perhaps it is focusing on reducing idle time within your fleet of vehicles. If you are a business owner, know that environmental consciousness trickles down. When you are conscious of the environment, your employees, customers and prospects can see it in your work.

Cutting back on idling and optimizing vehicle routing has the possible benefit of lowering costs, but it also lessens the impact that your business has on the earth. It may not seem like much, but it makes a difference.

How can fleet tracking lower my environmental impact?

Aggressive drivers cause damage to the environment with rapid acceleration and harsh braking. These behaviors lead to wasted fuel and unnecessary exhaust entering the atmosphere. Green fleet management solutions such as Fleetmatics offer insight into driver behavior so that a fleet manager can identify when drivers are speeding or idling.

Fleet tracking solutions can also help you cut back on paper waste. With timesheets and activity reports that are saved on the cloud and then emailed directly to fleet managers when necessary, there is no need to print or keep written logs of records.

What are other ways to lower my business’s environmental impact?

If your company doesn’t have a fleet, there are still ways that the business can be environmentally conscious. For paper waste, you can implement a recycling program for your building. In addition, you can make sure that your office supplies are recyclable. For instance, Styrofoam cups and plates are not recyclable and are damaging to the environment. To cut back on waste, provide your team with real cups, a water cooler and a dishwasher.

If your company uses any sort of chemical for your services, do your research to make sure you are using the best mix for the environment. For example, Case Snow Management uses a special type of rock salt that is approved by the EPA to minimize the impact on the environment. Even small changes make a big difference for both your business and the community.

One last way to you can reduce your business’ environmental impact is to switch to energy-efficient light bulbs. Many bulbs are inefficient and can be costly to your business. Also, always make sure to switch the lights off at the end of the day.

Do you have any tips to keep your business green and energy efficient? Share them in the comments.

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