How NIMBLER Went Green in 5 Easy Steps
Our brand may be red and blue, but as a company we’re definitely very green. This is the story of how NIMBLER went green in 5 easy steps.
1. Go Paperless
Paper is based on wood, a natural and renewable material. As young trees grow they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. Furthermore, as a wood product, paper also continues to store carbon throughout its lifetime. So it’s really not as bad for the environment as people think. Still, the lifetime of a printed piece of paper is very short, and modern technology allows us to keep that same piece of information virtually for free without hardly any harmful impact on the environment. So, we went paperless.
How did we go paperless? We simply moved all our administration into an awesome accounting system called Xero, our proposals get send and signed digitally using PandaDoc, and our project management system Podio takes care of any internal paperwork. No emails get printed and notes get taken digitally. Simpler, cheaper and sustainable.
2. Choose a Green Office Space
Most offices aren’t very green; aircons use tons of electricity, tons of water gets wasted and office furniture is replaced often, wasting tons of plastic. We found an office space in Pretoria East at Capital Co-Workers that’s probably as green as it gets.
Not only is it set amidst a lovely lifestyle centre with desert plants and other karoo elements, it’s almost entirely made out of wood and recycled materials. Old car seats make a great seating area and plants bring a lively atmosphere. Meanwhile the lack of an air-conditioning system reduces power usage to just a few energy-efficient lights and laptops.
3. Pick Your Suppliers Carefully
There’s no use going green if everybody you work with still pollutes the environment. Our primary hosting provider Hetzner went green a couple years ago by only using 100 percent carbon dioxide-free and environmentally-friendly hydropower. They also continuously work to make their hardware more energy-efficient. And even better, the associated costs will be met in full by Hetzner and not passed onto its clients. Meanwhile, many of our cloud solutions are hosted by Citrix, who has also adopted a very resolute approach to sustainability.
4. Teleconference & Email Whenever Possible
With clients on almost all continents, teleconferencing is nothing new to us. However, in a world where people will rather drive an hour to meet face-to-face, as opposed to turning on their laptop and teleconferencing with us, it’s a very difficult thing to change.
Therefore we set up a virtual meeting room using Appear.in, which sends us a notification if somebody enters the meeting room, allowing us to join them and teleconference with them without the need to install software, exchange usernames etc. Moreover, we encourage our existing clients to call or email us, rather than jump in the car to meet us for every little thing.
5. Carpool & Public Transport
There is no doubt that carpooling and public transport reduces pressure on roads and reduces pollution and CO2 emissions. Therefore, we have encouraged our staff to make sure of these transport options, and we’re pleased to report that with approximately 10 team members in the office only 3 or 4 cars pull up in the morning.
Awesome! Where do I start?
If you’re interested in making your business more environmentally friendly, feel free to approach us with any questions you may have. NIMBLER Technology can help your business go completely paperless by implementing cloud technology. Switch your hosting to NIMBLER Digital to use the green data-centres from Hetzner. Or if you’re based in Pretoria join us at the offices of Capital Co-Workers. Meanwhile, NIMBLER Innovation can help you put together a strategy to communicate your environmentally conscience attitude to the world.