How Green can You Be?

As a part of Green Data Center initiative, we have been asked to suggest ways to make changes in our daily processes and procedures (along with changes in the material we use). I suggested a few. Two of them have been implemented immediately. I’m listing them here.

  • Lot of people have a habit of taking print outs unnecessarily. They do that because they find it troublesome to read from the small screens. So I suggested larger screens for those who need to take prints frequently, especially the accounts guys. This has been accepted. Even post it will now be banned. Instead, each desk is now provided with a white board in order to store reminders.
  • We have decided to abandon the coffee cups. Now the tea and coffee will be served in an environmental friendly recyclable paper cups. This will save water.
  • Wireless routers have been installed. This will help us reduce the rubber usage.
  • I have suggested use of sanitizers so that water usage can be reduced further. Besides the wash rooms are now fitted with infrared sensor taps. So it will avoid leakage.
  • Employees are requested to bring their food in disposable containers so that washing of utensils can be avoided.
  • Smoking in and around office premises has now been completely banned.

… and I’m wearing a green shirt today. 🙂

For Frodo and Sam, Merry, Pippin and the Shire

lord-of-the-ringsLord of the Rings is my favorite movie… one of the favorites you can say. Its a story of a powerful ring wielded by Lord Sauron, the ultimate evil lord, and the ring bearer Frodo who is set on a mission to destroy it once and for all. It is Frodo and his friends quest against all odds that are destroying the world of men and the very factors that contribute their growth and existence… thats the environment.

I dont know if Prof JRR Tolkein thought of writing an epic story to teach us all a lesson to protect ourselves from the evil in and around us. But I can surely take a cue from the movie. Look at what Sauron and Saruman’s on today’s world are doing. There is enough evil around us. That includes the elements contributing to the pollution. The movie shows the evil lords cutting trees, destroying human life, blocking rivers, killing animals, eliminating races and warming every thing. Aren’t we, the evil ones today doing the same? Global warming is at its alarming rise. The silicon is polluting our office spaces. The air conditioners are destroying our resistance and the air outside our office or home is destroying our respiratory systems.

green_treesWe know the environment protects us, breeds us and feeds us. But minds of men are so easily corrupted. There is evil that wants us to resort to unfair means, to corrupt and be corrupt. We know what is good and whats is not. But we are lured by the riches of the unfair and we forget what is rightful. All that is here and foul can still be undone. Before that it is important to destroy the evil within.

Be very environmental friendly. Try staying out of corruption. Make a conscious effort to reduce all kinds of pollution. Plant at least one tree a month. Save trees… Save the middle earth.