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Monday, March 30, 2009

Tips On How To "Go Green" For A Start-Up Company

The following is a strategy to employ for being green and saving money in a startup, which would apply for small business as well .....

1. Create user accounts in google. Once you have user accounts for your employees, you can create team calendars with user name and pass word. You can IM, and share presentations online - cuts down on any server hosting.

2. Use DIMDIM software for meetings, sharing presentations. It is 100% free for up to 20 people in a meeting.

3. Buy a pen based screen for your monitor. Utilize this online software to write in MS Word, power point, share and discuss in white board during presentations, take notes - NO PAPER = Green. The cost is $80. Laptops cost $2000. Instead now you have a screen and associated electronic pen, that you can simply "attach" to any laptop and convert it into a pen computer.

4. With DIMDIM, Windows Live, and google, you do not have to print anything in paper.

5. Utilize screen capture softwares to copy a document, use pen based screen to sign documentation - no prints.

6. Utilize electronic scanner software to scan documents online.

7. Use 3rd party hosting sites for storage space of upto 2 GB.

8. Turn off Monitor policy - Turn off all monitors after end of the day. This would cut energy used.

9. ALWAYS hibernate your computer - this will not consume your battery.

10. If your business can install a biogas generator onsite, that could generate electricty from the employees waste generation. [from cafeteria, to food to other stuff].

On comments on President Obama's push to go green .... "we have to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2050".

There are 2 options for this (as of now)......

1. Clean coal
2. Alternate energy sources

1. Clean coal - If a solution is implemented, it will cut down emissions by 50% EASILY, and will create green energy instantaneously. About 80% of our energy needs can be met by coal, and it is an abundant resource. This will not only save money from corporations pockets, but also from consumers pockets.

Note Europe HAD to go solar or wind because they do not have other natural resources! Even it it costs millions to create clean coal, it is the Smart SYSTEMIC Solution. Which will create green energy for 60-80% of the US and the world, and the technology can be exported. It will result in people and companies saving money, and US meeting 40% cut down in emissions easily. The bulk of the expense can be born systemically through a carbon tax, and the money can be used for implementing and maintaining clean coal. Now dumping CO2 underground is not the only solution. The CO2 can be converted to natural gas through biological processing. Which inturn can be utilized for creating clean energy, and subsidized fertilizer. We can very easily meet a CO2 emission cut of 40% in the next 10 years. [long before 2050]

2. In addition to clean coal, there are other options like nuclear [expensive to build]. Albeit this will not meet all of the demand. It also creates another problem of nuclear waste. Solar, wind, and other energy alternatives should also be pursued for the remainder of the 50% CO2 emission cuts. But these are Expensive solutions that take money from consumers and corporations ..... compared to a 1% carbon tax. In addition, in this recession one cannot advocate the cap and trade policy in carbon emissions. Which will further create another financial bubble through carbon trading.

3. Alternate energy sources like solar, wind, nuclear, and natural gas are viable for going "energy independent", and creating cost savings for businesses. But they need to be cost efficient for consumers and not hurt our wallets. It appears right now that the biggest bang for the buck, is clean coal. Clean coal doesn't have to be putting CO2 underground. An alternate solution is to have a bio-refinery that takes in the CO2 and converts it into bio feed and oxygen. Oxygen can be released into the atmosphere, and bio feed can be exported or distributed as health foods, cheap nutritious fertilizer for farmers, and cheap export fertilizer.

The above strategy is not meant to be all inclusive .... but should at least give you some ideas for your start-up or small business going forward. Might even give you some ideas for opportunities to take advantage of the "go green" industry as it grows.

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