Paper-Free Training Solutions for Earth Day 2012
“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.”
– Gaylord Nelson
What do you know about Earth Day?
The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970. It was organized as a demonstration by Senator Gaylord Nelson in response to a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. It was a time when individuals were becoming more aware, and more critical, of the systems in which they lived – seeking not perfection, but plasticity and growth. Protest and demonstration were becoming a more commonplace and more necessary medium for large scale reform and change. The spirit of Earth Day was – and continues to be – one of a great individual responsibility; reaching out to likeminded others in the hope that organizing a large enough discreet mass can effect change on a global scale.
How is HRDQ taking responsibility?
Our commitment to life-long learning works hand-in-hand with a commitment to sustainable practices and to being active, critical citizens. Our strategic initiative to maintain an environmentally friendly business includes a partnership with CarbonFund (a non-profit organization that provides certified carbon offsets and greenhouse gas reductions to individuals, businesses, and organizations) as well as internal measures to increase efficiency and reduce waste.
We are making electronic solutions a priority and choosing the most environmentally responsible materials for our products. We are:
- Working towards the creation of e-learning alternatives and digital formatting for training materials. Our Reproducible Training Library offers a full range of training solutions in digital format – cutting down on the need for printed materials while still delivering quality experiential content that is ready-to-train.
- Getting rid of CDs, plastic cases, and other petroleum-based materials and delivering a digital solution where possible. With HRDQ’s Online Assessment Center, you can have participants take a digital version of the assessments we offer, and get instant, accurate results with automated scoring.
- Moving away from direct mail in favor of email and web promotions and interactive digital catalogs (sign up for email here, and view our digital catalog here).
How can you reduce waste in your training?
Even the smallest measures are a great help to the environment. Something as simple as switching to online assessments to cut down on the use of paper and inks, or even choosing to purchase materials that you receive electronically (to reduce the fuel and packaging impact of shipping), makes a difference. And, extending those gestures to those you train may inspire them to start making changes of their own.