Cutting Carbon at Work
According to the U.S. Department of Labor we spend an average 8.6 hours per day at work and for work-related activities, equaling 430 hours per year. For employees of one Arizona company, those hours are spent in a relaxing “green” office, where health and wellness is a top priority. Led by CEO Thomas Gorny, Nextiva, a cloud-based VoIP communications company based in Scottsdale, Arizona, set out to reduce its footprint, physical space, and energy usage, and to implement a truly “green” culture─from energy savings and recycling to healthy snacks and wellness programs for employees, Gorny believes it’s good stewardship for a company to lead in sustainable efforts.
Entering its fourth year, Nextiva partnered with Carbonfund.org, adopting the CarbonFree® Partner program to demonstrate its commitment to fight against global warming. The CarbonFree program supports third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects in the U.S. and abroad to reduce CO2 emissions and accelerate the transition to a clean energy future.
More recently, Nextiva enhanced their internal recycling program by providing reusable cups, minimized the use of paper products, and began to incorporate eco-effective technology in its data centers.
“Our commitment to being the best partner for our customers guides our business decisions…we also make environmentally-conscious decisions about our physical office locations,” states Yaniv Masjedi, vice president of Nextiva. “By developing a carbon-neutral office environment, we demonstrate to our customers and employees that we are doing our part to offset CO2 emissions.”
Health and wellness perks extend to employees in Nextiva’s community room, which is filled with stress-relief activities such as ping-pong, pool or video games and couches to relax and read a book. Or, for those who find being on-the-go more relaxing, bicycles are also available for lunch breaks. Healthy treats such as fruit, yogurt and juice are provided for employees, and a dedicated kitchen is available for those on vegetarian and kosher diets.
“We treat our employees like family,” said Nextiva’s marketing director, Mary Miller. “We build up the people who work here, and designed the environment around them. We want you to like being here.”