If you are like me and can't compete with the amazing efforts of Oracle OpenWorld, don't be discouraged. Every thing you do along the way makes a difference. A couple of things brought this to mind this week:
- My local power company sent me a letter congratulating me for choosing renewable power and telling me for the past year "the equivalent environmental benefit was avoiding 11,839 pounds of CO2 which is equal to not driving 12,037 miles or planting 139 trees."
- Toni Gilbertson, Intel, told one of my colleagues she stopped using plastic bottled water at her event after meeting me in October, 2007. The savings over 5 years has kept an estimated 6 tons of plastic out of the waste stream.
- While preparing our corporate report, I saw my air travel was almost one-half the amount of the year before, yet I was able to reach 1,848 participants. All 12 virtual presentations had zero carbon footprint for travel, not to mention the cost savings.
Stop a moment and think about your everyday decisions which lessen the environmental impact. Now pat yourself on the back. Congratulations, keep up the good work!