At DelCor, we strive to be a good citizen of the many communities we inhabit: the association and nonprofit community, the Washington, DC, community, and the biggest community of them all, planet Earth.
We are committed to being an environmentally conscious and responsible company.
Thanks to the technological advances being made every day, we’re increasingly able to reduce our company’s impact on the environment.
- We encourage employees to telecommute and we embrace technologies that help us meet and communicate virtually.
- Our office is conveniently located in a multi-use environment, with quick access to mass transit, including Metro Rail and Metro Bus.
- All the electricity in our offices is provided through wind power, and we reuse or recycle nearly all our business waste paper and packaging.
- When DelCor orders or configures a new PC or laptop for a client, a donation is made to help plant trees and promote reforestation, helping to offset carbon dioxide emissions.
- We also encourage our clients to go green by introducing and implementing solutions such as virtualization, online backups, and cloud computing. These solutions reduce hardware and energy consumption, while improving operational efficiency.
- When it’s time to lay old hardware to rest, we dispose of it through Turtle Wings, a global electronics recycling firm. While many options abound and local regulations may differ, DC-area residents and consumers can also dispose of old electronics through Turtle Wings' household programs.
Too often tradeshow attendees return home with a bag full of handouts and gimmicky toys that have little use and end up in the trash. Here's how we're trying to be more environmentally and socially conscious about our impact as a tradeshow exhibitor and meeting host.
- Good giveaways – A few years ago, we decided to give something back instead of just giving something out. At the 2008 ASAE Annual Expo, we challenged visitors to our booth to donate their spare change and vote for the charity that would receive it. We ended up donating $500 to Feed the Children in support of its hunger initiatives here in the United States.
Since then we’ve eliminated superfluous swag and invited show attendees to join us in raising funds for charity. At the 2011 ASAE Annual Expo, we asked attendees to Tweet photos from our booth to compete for a chance to win $500 for their favorite charity. At our 2011 winter exhibitions (ASAE’s Technology Conference and the Association Forum of Chicagoland’s Holiday Showcase), we donated two Xbox 360 Kinect systems to the local Boys & Girls Clubs.
- QR stands for Quit making Rubbish – No, not really. A QR (Quick Response) barcode is encoded with, in our case, a link to a website. In 2011, rather than shipping handouts back and forth to conferences, we used QR codes that made it easy for attendees to view and download our materials at their convenience, rather than lugging brochures around or, worse, throwing them in the trash.
- Socially responsible caterers – When we organize our own events, like Progress U., we contract with catering services, when feasible, that use local, seasonable, and sustainable foods and help put people to work who would otherwise fall through the employment cracks. We donate the usable leftovers to DC’s Central Union Mission for the homeless.