At Pelland Advertising, our two primary product / service lines are website development and four-color collateral advertising production. Our green commitment has consistently led to ever-greater efficiencies throughout the entire production process and workflow. Our printing is all done with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) vendors, printing on paper stocks with post-consumer recycled content, soy-based inks, chemical-free plates, and non-VOC solvents. All aluminum printing plates are fully recycled. Our proofing processes are now fully digital and online, eliminating the use of proofing chemicals and raw materials, as well as the environmental costs for the transportation of proofs to and from our clients.
Although our roots were in the design and printing of brochures and rack
cards back in 1980, it is clear that Internet usage has steadily displaced
the consumption of printed materials, a fact which, in itself, is good for
the environment in the long run (despite the environmental concerns
associated with the manufacture, usage, and ultimate disposal of computer
equipment and peripherals). Our company began building commercial websites
in the mid-1990’s. In terms of website development and our overall office
practices, Pelland Advertising’s environmental standards are second to none.
The construction of our new home-based office in 1998 met or exceeded
Advanced Energy Star standards, with such features as high-efficiency
windows with higher “R” values than the walls in most conventional
construction, and a geothermal heating and cooling system that was fully
operational 10 years before the concept hit the public consciousness. As a
result, our office heating and cooling uses no fossil fuel other than the
small amount of electricity which is required to run the system’s pump,
compressor and blower.
Our offices went “paperless” in 2005, with all accounting and proofing now done online, eliminating the use of paper and the pollution associated with transportation. Any paper which must be used in-house, is re-used and then shredded and recycled. Virtually all of our computer equipment and monitors have been upgraded during this time period, with all equipment now Energy Star rated. Almost all lighting is compact fluorescent; however, our offices have a “lights out” lighting policy during daytime hours, eliminating even that reduced amount of energy consumption.
Our most recent initiative has been the installation of 47 photovoltaic panels on our roofs, with a projected annual power production of 10.298 Megawatts. The tens of thousands of dollars of equipment involved with this project was installed by Vivint Solar at no cost to us under a 20-year power purchase agreement. We will buy back the power that is generated on our roofs for a fraction of what we would pay our local utility company, National Grid. The power that we generate and buy back from Vivint Solar at roughly 50% of the National Grid rate will trim our electric supply costs by hundreds of dollars per year; however, we will also be saving a significant amount of money on the distribution and transmission charges that are based upon consumption of power supplied.
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