Vertére is dedicated to meeting the challenges of a new Executive Order on Federal Sustainability signed by President Barack Obama on October 5. The Executive Order challenges agencies to ‘increase energy efficiency; measure, report, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions from direct and indirect activities; conserve and protect water resources through efficiency, reuse, and storm water management; eliminate waste, recycle, and prevent pollution; leverage agency acquisitions to foster markets for sustainable technologies and environmentally preferable materials, products, and services; design, construct, maintain, and operate high performance sustainable buildings in sustainable locations; strengthen the vitality and livability of the communities in which Federal facilities are located; and inform Federal employees about and involve them in the achievement of these goals.’
Since 1990, Vertére’s core business has been developing, implementing and supporting software dedicated to scientific materials management. Although we have been in a ‘greening’ business for two decades, this Executive Order challenges us as well as our many Federal agency customers to be proactive in implementing and maintaining programs to conserver our resources and reduce waste.
To that end, we are documenting our current policies—and our targets for improvement.
- Vertere Inventory Manager
- Our software is dedicated to helping customers identify their on-site inventory—equipment, biologicals, chemicals, supplies—to reduce the volume maintained, use space efficiently, reduce purchases and associated paperwork, eliminate shipping related inefficiencies, and manage on-site risks.
- Our Chemical Management software helps customers reduce chemical purchases, redistribute chemicals, and reduce the volume in their waste streams.
- Our partner ChemWatch NA provides a resource to help customers select alternative substances to reduce the level of hazardous substances at customer sites.
- Our custom reports help customers document their own responsiveness to the Executive Order to reduce hazardous and polluting chemicals.
- All paper products are recycled through local recycling programs or where customer proprietary information is concerned, documents are shredded and then recycled.
- All computer hardware is recycled in approved state electronic recycling facilities.
- All disks and other electronic media are recycled in commercial shredding facilities.
- All ink cartridges are recycled through local supplier recycling programs.
- Paper and Plastic Reduction
- Documents are prepared, reviewed, and stored on line.
- Customer documents including purchase orders, invoices, maintenance documents and licenses are stored in our secure on line data center.
- User’s Guides and other product documentation is provided electronically. Documentation is provided on our secure customer support site and on our secure FTP site as required.
- Training guides are printed on recycled paper, two slides per page.
- Beginning in October 2009, no plastic covers or binding will be used.
- Hardware Selection
- Vertere purchases only Energy Star compliant computers, monitors, printers to reduce electricity consumption.
- Vertere recommends only Energy Star compliant barcode readers and printers.
- All product shipments utilize commercial, second-day shipment.
- Beginning in January 2010, all software products will be delivered from our secure web site if your purchasing and delivery requirements permit.
- Trade Shows
- Beginning in November 2009, trade show materials will be limited to a single page that refers prospects to our web site, www.vertere.com for marketing materials.
- Trade show participation will be combined with customer site visits to reduce travel requirements.
- Vertere limits travel for demonstrations by using web-based demonstrations.
- Where possible, travel to customer sites will be combined.
- Employees participate in a liberal work-at-home policy that eliminates travel time, vehicle and gas usage.
- Personal Commitments
- Vertere employees participate in voluntary waste reduction and recycling efforts in their homes; our local communities each provide recycling services for paper, glass, and metals.
- Employees are committed to reducing their natural resource use.
We welcome your suggestions on other ways that we can help to meet sustainability goals.