BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, U.S.A. December 4, 2007 EBSCO Information Services has recently taken a major step on the road to carbon responsibility by partnering with an environmental consulting firm Carbonfund.org to measure its own carbon footprint and to establish a long-term green strategy.
The inventory and analysis led by Carbonfund.org on behalf of EBSCO covered several categories including electricity, natural gas and business travel. It revealed that electricity is the main contributing factor to EBSCO's footprint, accounting for more than two-thirds of the company's total carbon dioxide emissions during the past year.
To reduce its carbon footprint and to positively impact the environment, EBSCO has already established a global long-term plan and implemented its first concrete green initiatives. One of these initiatives involved the installation of solar panels on the roof of EBSCO Publishing's mill building.
"This is an effort that is extremely important to us, as EBSCO has always embraced environmentally friendly measures and supported initiatives to improve our natural habitat," said EBSCO Information Services' President Allen Powell. "The Elton B. Stephens family first supported these efforts regionally, through their great appreciation of the outdoors, and we are proud to take this movement global as part of EBSCO's responsibility to give back to the environment."
EBSCO's commitment to being environmentally responsible is reflected in both global and local initiatives. Among other actions, a global internal environmental policy has been created, and a special task force is dedicated to educate staff and business partners (libraries and publishers) about the challenge of confronting climate change.
Meanwhile, EBSCO goes on designing and introducing solutions that help balance its carbon footprint. As part of this ongoing green strategy, in France, EBSCO has decided to sponsor a reforestation project in Mali launched by one of its customers, Agrocampus, a national institute of higher education in Agronomics (www.agrocampus-rennes.fr).
For its next significant step, during the Online Information 2007 event held in London, from December 4th through to the 6th, EBSCO has decided to allow its customers to take part in its environmental strategy by offering miniature trees on its booth. For each "babytree" purchased by EBSCO, a tree will be planted in Indonesia by the non-governmental organisation, Planθte Urgence (www.planete-urgence.org).
For more information about EBSCO going green, please visit: www.ebsco.com/green
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EBSCO Information Services is the leading service provider for e-journal, e-journal and e-book package and print subscriptions, a suite of e-resource management tools, full-text and secondary databases and related services for all types of libraries and research organisations.
As the "e" agent of the industry, more than half of the subscriptions handled by EBSCO have an electronic component. EBSCO's comprehensive solutions include proven systems to consolidate ordering, invoicing, claiming and renewals as well as assistance with licensing and registration requirements for our e-journal and e-package customers worldwide. EBSCO's 31 regional offices, located in 22 countries around the world, serve customers in more than 200 countries and are staffed by information professionals who speak the local language and understand the particular challenges faced by librarians in their areas.
In its seventh decade of business, EBSCO upholds relationships with more than 79,000 publishers globally. These publisher relationships uniquely position us to streamline many aspects of the e-resource life cycle. EBSCO maintains a Dun and Bradstreet financial strength rating of 5A1, the highest awarded, which underscores the importance placed on providing outstanding, ethical service.