Every day around the world, HP helps its customers save money while reducing their environmental impact. Tara Agen, chief of staff and business strategy manager for the Americas LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions (LES) organization, brought this approach to her own community in order to help local businesses.
Tara saw that the small businesses in her Suffern, New York community were hard-hit during the recent economic downturn. So she worked with the local government and chamber of commerce, and other area businesses to launch the Suffern Go Green community printing project. Through the project, 35 small businesses and local government organizations received a free assessment of their printing environments. Once complete, HP donated and installed a new HP LaserJet 2055d Printer and print console for each business.
"By deploying these printers, Suffern businesses and the local government cut printer energy use an estimated 60%, carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions by 41%, and paper use by 37%," Agen says. "This program combined the community values that Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard held so dear with a common-sense approach to cost savings."
Tara's Suffern Go Green project was so successful that other HP employees have created similar programs in their communities. The LES Americas organization introduced a new Business Advocate program in Boise, Idaho that matches the expertise of HP employees with the needs of small businesses. Plans are underway to expand the Business Advocate program to other locations around the world.