From the Wires
GrayHair Software Adopts Environmentally Friendly Telecommuting and Energy Policies
By: Business Wire
Feb. 19, 2009 01:01 PM
GrayHair Software, Inc., the leading provider of innovative solutions for business mailers, is improving its energy efficiency and environmentally-sound responsibilities by adopting a new and innovative telecommuting policy which constitutes a four–day in-office work week for its employees. In addition, the company is participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership.
Under the new work schedule, employees will have the opportunity to work four days in the office, and telecommute from home the fifth day. Reducing the in-office work week by one day will help reduce each employee’s gas consumption by 20 percent and reduce traffic congestion in the metro area where the company’s headquarters is located. The company will also be able to reduce its energy consumption required to operate office equipment and reduce IT and maintenance costs.
“By moving to a four-day in-office work week, we can help ease the financial burden and reduce our carbon footprint for both the company and our employees, while actually improving our ability to meet the needs of our customers,” said Cameron Bellamy, President of GrayHair Software, Inc. “Our clients not only expect a high level of experience and innovation from GrayHair in the mail arena, but also the same level of stewardship when it comes to issues of the environment.”
In addition to the shorter work week, GrayHair has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to purchase more than 186,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually. This is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization’s purchased electricity use. The company is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Sterling Planet, a leading national supplier of green power products.
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally-preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. These resources generate electricity with a net zero increase in carbon dioxide emissions, while offering a superior environmental profile compared to traditional power generation sources. GrayHair Software’s purchase of RECs avoids approximately 294,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, a key greenhouse gas. According to the EPA, the environmental benefit is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 24 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 18 average American homes annually.
This ‘green’ movement is not new to GrayHair, as its current products already offer environmental benefits to any business mailer. These products include MailTrak AQ™, their address hygiene suite, and their UAA Offerings (including UAA SuppressionSM and UAA Re-DirectSM), both of which reduce the amount of UAA (Undeliverable as Addressed) mail which the USPS® states is up to 9 million pieces per year.
For more information about GrayHair and its products, contact Bobby Tiedeken at 856-924-2253 or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information about the EPA and their Green Power Partnership, contact Allison Bellins at 202-343-9526 or via email (email@example.com).
About GrayHair Software
GrayHair Software, Inc. is an innovator and industry leader in the delivery of services to improve and automate the management of business mail. GrayHair’s solutions address critical mailing activities such as IM™ barcode assignment, mail tracking, address quality, and reconciliation, as well as NSA consultation-implementation and a variety of mail processing activities. GrayHair offers targeted enterprise software and support solutions, tailored client care, and unparalleled technical support. For more information, visit our website at www.grayhairsoftware.com
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,000 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.
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