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EBSCO Publishing's Green Team

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EBSCO Publishing's Green Team

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Going green is nothing new to EBSCO Publishing. In fact, the company's 20-member Green Team has been busy saving energy since 2006. Sure, the team started small by handing out reusable coffee mugs and water bottles to employees. But it didn't take long to launch recycling programs for paper, plastic, cell phones, and sneakers, as well as using recycled paper in company printers and copiers.

Beth Howell, vice president of human resources at EBSCO Publishing in Ipswich, Mass., is an active member of the firm's Green Team. "The team members are very involved and try to stay on top of critical environmental issues," she says. "Members are actively volunteering in whatever particular environmental passion they have." She notes that the team concentrates its energies in two different categories: the employee-focused initiatives and the large-scale facilities' initiatives.

Within the company, the Green Team has raised awareness everywhere. The team gave small trees to employees, instituted a Bike to Work Week, and invited experts on sustainable agriculture, organic lawn care, and bird migration to give lectures as part of the in-office speakers' series. Employees even received their own copies of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth to raise the global consciousness about the environment.

While raising awareness and recycling products help the environment, EBSCO Publishing is reaping a few benefits of its own. In the past 2 years, the company has saved more than $80,000 in utility costs after 384 solar panels were installed in company buildings, which accounted for annual savings of about 75,000 kwh. …

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