The Green Initiative developed by Advocate's Management Team is an attempt to not only eliminate waste but to live up to a higher caliber of how their business does business. Advocate's CEO, Michael J. Swanson, commented, "We believe that we have the opportunity and responsibility to do great things. Being a responsible corporate citizen includes doing our part to care for the environment."
In 2010 Advocate Capital became a 100% paperless company for all internal operations. And they also eliminated the need to mail paper invoices. By emailing their clients' invoices they estimate that they save about 15,000 sheets of paper annually, not to mention the printer ink, postage, and labor savings! The decision was also made to turn their internal operations into a paperless system. Not only did this make good financial and business sense but it sparked what is now the Advocate Capital, Inc. Green Initiative.
The 3 R's…
Reduce -- Packaging is big part in day-to-day operation for many companies. However, more packaging results in more waste. Advocate's goal is to purchase items with little packaging required and use packaging that's reusable.
When Advocate needs additional office furniture, they usually opt for used furniture that looks and works just as good as new. They also have opted to only buy and use recycled paper. Lastly, they lunchroom is equipped with dishes, glasses, and utensils to eliminate the need for disposable items like water bottles and paper plates.
Regulate -- To eliminate unnecessary usage the Advocate team turns off lights when leaving rooms for extended periods of time. They also maximize computer efficiency by setting all of their computers to go to sleep automatically when not in use. And they are also pleased to announce that their building now has solar panels in an effort to reduce energy consumption from the power grid.
Recycle -- Did you know that recycling one soda can produces enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for 4 hours? That being said, Advocate is careful to recycle aluminum cans. They also have paper recycling buckets in every employee's office.
Not knowing where to start or how you can do your part is a typical roadblock for many companies and organizations. That is why ACI has joined the B2B green alliance. B2B purpose is to bring professionals together from different industries to inform them on best practices on how to reduce waste and energy.
Advocate Capital, Inc. is the premier provider of strategic financial products and accounting services for successful trial law firms nationwide. They have been serving the plaintiff bar for over 12 years from their headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. and now enjoy a client base that extends nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.AdvocateCapital.com