At ARPCO, we are all blue (No, not emotionally). We have a blue logo, blue color-schemed media sites, blue carpet, and even blue default screen savers on our company computers.
we are all green.
(No, not with envy)
You may be wondering how a small family-owned brokerage office of less than twenty-five employees can really make an impact, but in our industry, even the smallest changes make a big difference. So, we cracked down, put our heads together (Gently), and began analyzing and researching how to improve our Eco-friendly, green standards.
Here are some areas of concern that we came up with:
- The amount of paper used for copying, faxing, filing, billing, invoicing, and documenting.
- Bright screens and electronics left on 24/7.
- Our break-room trashcan stocked full of soda bottles/cans, food containers, and other discarded breakfast/lunch items.
- Magazines and newspaper subscriptions piled high on our information desk.
It has been said, “Recognizing the problem is the first step towards the solution,” so in 2010 we began adding a little yellow to our blue to produce some green!
First, we began cutting down (No pun intended about trees) on the amount of paper used in the office. We transitioned to paperless billing and record keeping, expanded into paperless imaging and faxing technology, and utilize ACH, or direct deposit of checks, for payroll. We went from using about one box, or ten reams, of paper a month to one box every three to four months instead. A big difference, wouldn’t you agree?
We set up recycling bins by the copiers and printers and in the break-room for recyclable material. We provided a water filtration system for convenience and to cut back on the amount plastic water bottles being used on a daily basis.
We switched subscriptions to online newspapers, magazines, and journals for our information desk. Although, we still receive some hard copies, we have found that along with a less crowded table, it is much easier to distribute articles of interests to our employees via online subscriptions due to the ability to simply email the articles to them.
We set all electronics to the “Energy Saver” mode and turn off unnecessary systems over the weekend to save on power.
Lastly, but certainly not least, we joined the coalition of twenty-five hundred of the nations over-the-road motor carriers, freight brokerage and logistics firms by becoming a SmartWay® member. Put simply, SmartWay® is an Environmental Protection Agency program that reduces transportation-related emissions by creating incentives to improve supply chain fuel efficiency.
Since 2004, SmartWay® partners have saved sixty-five (65) million barrels of oil, or the equivalent to taking over five (5) million cars off the road for an entire year. With the transportation industry contributing to approximately seventy (70) percent of fuel consumption, ARPCO is proud to partner with an initiative that is effectively achieving a more sustainable and green future.
We have invested heavily in research, equipment, technology and countless man hours to comply with the requirements of the program. We have trained office personnel in our carrier selection and accounting departments to seek out other SmartWay® designated companies and carriers. We receive no monetary incentives to participate in this program, as it is on a completely volunteer basis. However, knowing that we are doing our part for environmental stewardship is all the motivation and reward that we need.
Every effort, no matter the size, contributes to a greater and growing need for environmental responsibility.
The transportation/logistics industry is a vital industry serving every continent on the globe, but as Uncle Ben from Spiderman said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
So, let’s be responsible…together.
 SmartWay® Program Highlights; http://www.epa.gov/smartway/documents/publications/smartway-program-highlights-32011.pdf
 Institute For Energy; http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/energy-overview/petroleum-oil/