OWDT has joined the Partnership to tackle the issues of sustainability and company waste while supporting the well-being of its people and reducing its impact on the environment. OWDT is hoping to lead by example and show other small to medium-sized companies in Texas how they can green their office operations and reduce their footprint.
This is an important step forward for OWDT’s CEO Kyle Mani, who mentions that “as a country and as Texans we all share some of the blame, and yes there are systemic changes that need to be made at the highest levels of government to solve these issues on a macro scale, and we put our faith in these people and trust they will make the best decisions to address these environmental concerns. At OWDT, we already were implementing greener ideas for our office, and we wanted to make it official. We have made great strides in implementing Green Seal’s requirements, and by joining their Green Office Partnership, we are aiming to take responsibility when it comes to energy consumption and office waste.”
Kyle Mani the CEO of OWDT reaffirms, “We as Americans are less than 5% of the world population yet we consume more than 25% of the world resources. We have created an unsustainable pattern. Therefore as businesses, we need a creative solution to cut down on our waste. We need to be the leaders that create ways to make sustainability a little bit more manageable. If we can make some small difference, we feel we must do what we can. Some of the solutions that we have implemented are reducing our paper consumption, reducing our electricity usage, and we have created ways for our employees to reduce their greenhouse gases by carpooling on their commute. We are proud to have made the changes that Green Seal specified, and becoming a Partner has helped us in our goal of sustainability.”
As a newly-recognized Green Office Partner, OWDT-Houston is demonstrating what some companies and professionals are doing to improve their communities and the planet by following green standards of operation and is hopefully leading the way for other organizations to become more environmentally sustainable.
Green Seal’s Green Office Partnership uses a straightforward checklist and virtual audit to verify that an office adheres to certain criteria for greener purchasing and operations. The Partnership focuses only on aspects within the direct control of office managers, so companies can participate whether they own or lease their space.
ABOUT GREEN SEAL, INC.
Green Seal TM , a nonprofit organization founded in 1989, is the nation’s premier ecolabel, symbolizing transparency, integrity, and environmental leadership. It is most widely-known for its flagship Certification Program, which develops life-cycle- based environmental standards and certifies products and services that meet these standards. Green Seal standards cover 450 categories – from janitorial supplies, paints, and windows to restaurants and hotels – and are specified by countless states, agencies, schools, and institutions.
The Green Office Partnership is one of its many other initiatives and was developed to help companies green their office operations and receive third-party recognition for their improvements.