As part of our commitment to sustainability in the solutions we bring to market and in how we operate day to day, all of our North America offices reside in co-working spaces. According to an article in the Public Journal on Coworking as a Sustainable Pillar of Urban Ecosystems, “Choosing to work in a coworking space tends to be more than a professional choice; many workers experience it as a major evolution towards a more efficient, fair and sustainable way of doing business.”
We couldn’t agree more. And though coworking spaces have been around for years, they’ve come a long way in the last few, with many offering amenities, an entrepreneurial environment, and choice of workspaces that best suit an organization’s needs.
According to the RE Journal and their article on how sustainability requires us to (co)work together, “What’s different about next-generation coworking facilities is that there’s a common purpose in these spaces, and a sense of community and collaboration. Community in every sense is a huge part of sustainability… we think of resource efficiency in sustainability in terms of saving energy and saving water. Upstream of that is shared facilities. Not having to have every one of these buildings build their infrastructure that’s required, but being able to share those resources is huge.”
Just as we share resources and collaborate in how we work, these values are reflected in the solutions we bring to market. Through a single cloud-based platform and SaaS delivery, companies can share services and equipment, thus eliminating the need for individual hardware. And most cloud computing data centers use energy-efficient equipment and have better allocation of resources, making it a better choice from an environmental perspective.
According to an article by Earth5R addressing The Environmental Benefits of Cloud Computing, they reference a 2010 study from Microsoft, Accenture and WSP Environment and Energy which found that “moving business applications to the cloud could cut the per-user carbon footprint by 30 percent for large, already-efficient companies and as much as 90 percent for the smallest and least efficient businesses.”
And another article published by the East Cost Polytechnic Institute (ECPI) University, answers the question Why Does Cloud Computing Affect the Environment through discussion around power conservation, reduced expenditures and carbon credit management. The scalable, energy-efficient and cost effective benefits of cloud-based technology solutions can help business growth and support corporate responsibility/sustainability goals.
Alpega’s cloud-based transportation management solutions support these efforts. Through enabled collaboration with supply chain partners, increased visibility across supply chain networks, improved asset utilization, and efficiencies gained within end-2-end transportation workflows, companies can reduce their freight spend and carbon footprint — providing viable, sustainable logistics IT solutions for today’s circular supply chain.