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Networked Earth - Annual Report 2007

Left: “Think globally, meet locally.” (photo: father daughter outside on a lounge chair) Right: Green Facts: 78 percent: Seventy-eight percent of companies with teleworking programs identify Web conferencing as the top component in these programs, according to Wainhouse Research’s 2007 WebMetrics Survey. 11.2 tons: WebEx calculates that a company saves 11.2 tons of carbon dioxide when they conduct a 12-person training session online instead of flying the participants from Dallas to San Francisco. 25.5 minutes: Between 1990 and 2000 the average American worker increased their commute time from 22.4 to 25.5 minutes and more people drove to work alone (+3 percent) Source U.S. Census Bureau.

Preserving Earth’s life support system is everybody’s concern. Technology gives us the power we all need to accomplish the difficult environmental tasks that lie ahead. For example, how can companies lower carbon emissions produced by their employees without losing their personal touch? One way is to decrease business travel and commuting by using TelePresence and Web collaboration. The technology is now in place to make distance collaboration a natural part of the daily workflow among employees and business partners. Colleagues can locate each other, ascertain availability, and communicate by voice, data, and video wherever they happen to be. They can engage in everything from training sessions to sales presentations online—where they aren’t leaving carbon footprints all over the planet. Electronic travel is making people more mobile than ever, even when they stay in one place.

 

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By investing in Cisco collaboration technologies like WebEx and TelePresence, the company is committed to reducing emissions from employee travel.

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Saving power helps save the environment. Cisco 7200 Series Routers are 20 times more power-efficient than previous models.

Source Cisco Corporate Citizenship Report 2006

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