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Elearning is Green

by Kim Oates, on Jan 11, 2012 12:00:21 PM

In previous posts, we’ve discussed the benefits of elearning on your budget, your learners and your profits. You can add the environment to that list as well.

According to the Clean Air Council, the average U.S. office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year, which equates to about four million tons of copy paper annually. In addition, U.S. office workers generate approximately two pounds of paper and paperboard products every day. It’s no question that a huge amount of that paper goes to waste.  Of course, recycling and reusing help the effects on the environment, but let’s not forget the third “R,” reducing!


With in-person training, you nearly always walk away with at least a few handouts, tests, supplemental materials and books all conveniently printed out so you’ll have them for reference during and after the course. But, realistically, most of those printouts end up in the recycling bin or stuffed in the bottom of a drawer, never to be seen again.

By moving training online, all of the same documents are accessible at the click of a mouse, no digging through stacks of paper required!

It’s a similar story for product training sessions or Lunch-and-Learns. You can create a beautiful handout to leave behind, filled with diagrams, photos and detailed explanations of why this is the best new product out there. But again, chances are it’s gets filed away with hundreds of similar documents or simply misplaced.

If your product training information is all online, though, sales reps can quickly pull up supporting materials whenever and wherever they need.

This equals a significant reduction in paper needed around the office. You can see your print saving numbers for yourself with our Print Savings Calculator

And, at BlueVolt, we don’t just talk the green talk, we believe in practicing sustainability and protecting the environment. Our office is paperless and, living in the green city of Portland, we do what we can to reduce our impact on the environment. In 2009, Oregon Business named our parent company, BlueTech LLC, one of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon.

What does your business do to help keep the earth a great place to live?


Photo credit: Wolfgang Wildner on Flickr


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