Your meeting room leaves a large carbon footprint, and not just because large groups of people drive and occasionally fly to get to them. The way you use your conference room technology — in particular your audio visual setup — can also have an impact on your energy consumption.
Here are four ways to make your meeting room greener using technology:
1. Upgrade Your Tech
Start by making sure that your meeting room has energy efficient devices, AV equipment, and fixtures. Use LED lights and properly insulated windows. Make sure that it’s easily accessible to most of your employees. For example, if your meeting room is on one floor and the majority of your employees are on another, they’ll use elevators to move between floors, leading to more energy consumed. Plan the physical location of your rooms carefully. Perhaps you can have large windows that let in natural light, instead of relying on artificial ones for your meetings.
2. Go Wireless
Without cables and wires, you’re already consuming less energy. By using a wireless projection system and other wireless energy-star rated devices, you don’t waste time connecting devices to the audio visual setup and not too much energy is consumed during the meeting either.
This also ensures that you don’t need to have a dedicated set of hardware for your meeting rooms. By using wireless technology, you can easily utilize your devices in different rooms. For example, you don’t need two different sets of telecommunications equipment, devices, and presentation equipment for two different meeting rooms if you can make do with one.
3. Go Paperless (i.e. Digital)
Paper brochures, meeting reading material, nametags, etc, only add to the carbon footprint. If you’re going wireless, you can easily go paperless. All you need to do is have the right presentation software and a way to connect to all of the individual devices of people attending the meeting.
You can also send all reading materials to your audience well in advance so that they can read it on their wireless devices. Paperless meetings are becoming increasingly common. You don’t need to print several copies of the literature, wasting paper, and ink. This cuts cost across the board.
4. Connect Remotely
One way to reduce the environmental impact of your meeting room is to connect with people remotely. Instead of forcing people from other states or countries to fly in for the meeting, connect with your team members with remote presentation. With the right communication and productivity tools, you can share your presentation with anyone, anywhere. All you need to do is give them the right access.
If you set up your meeting with video-conferencing tools, you can give remote audiences live, interactive access to your presentation. This significantly reduces the environmental impact of your meetings.
A trend that starts with your meeting room’s audio visual setup can spread throughout your company. Eventually, you’ll start becoming environmentally responsible in your day-to-day life. It’s vital to start somewhere, no matter how small you think your contribution would be.