MINIMIZING OUR DAILY IMPACT TO THE ENVIRONMENT IS NOT A CHOICE.
IT’S AN OBLIGATION.
Our company has a position we call Chief Environmental Officer (the other “CEO”). The objective of this role is to seek out ways we can minimize waste, maximize our % of reusable and renewable resources used, and reduce our footprint on the earth daily. Some of the things we are actively implementing in addition to recycling and using recycled products being our core business: a paperless office and paperless reporting, two-sided printing when printing is necessary, using non-disposable items where possible (water bottles, coffee cups), avoidance of socially irresponsible food chains (pesticides, non-biodegradable packaging), and retrofit of all incandescent lighting to fluorescent and LED lighting and all thermostats to Nest Learning Thermostats in our office space. In 2009 we remodeled our corporate office with a focus on energy efficiency and use of sustainable materials. One hundred percent of the hardwood flooring we used was reclaimed wood removed from an old high school gymnasium.
Most importantly, Robot-O-Mat is striving to be a zero-carbon footprint organization. We recognize that it is nearly impossible to offset our entire carbon footprint by conserving energy and utilizing energy efficient equipment, and that to truly balance our carbon footprint we must actively promote the growth and expansion of clean energy. This is especially true for organizations who rely on manufacturing on a regular basis. To do this, we purchase what is generally known as carbon offsets. By purchasing carbon offsets, we are supporting the development of clean energy projects. These projects include the production of renewable energy from sources such as wind, biomass and solar. Renewable energy adds significantly less carbon dioxide emissions than non-renewable resources. Clean energy projects also include certain industrial, commercial, transportation and residential efficiency efforts where energy consumption is reduced or less carbon dioxide is emitted by modifying industrial process, along with carbon sequestration projects that capture carbon dioxide emissions preventing them from reaching the atmosphere. We believe that the purchase of clean energy credits is our most efficient way to offset our carbon footprint and truly minimize our environmental impact.
As a leader in re-use and efficiency, Robot-O-Mat believes that it is our obligation to practice what we preach and be environmentally responsible.