They're hiding in those reeds... really!
OWC had some out-of-town visitors this weekend. In the small wetland ponds just outside our Woodstock, Illinois “green” campus, a pair of sandhill cranes were spotted.
“Great,” you might say, “but what’s so newsworthy about that?”
Well, throughout most of the 20th century, seeing a sandhill crane in this area was a fairly rare occurrence. The pair visiting were most likely the Greater Sandhill (Grus canadensis tabida) variety. Due to habitat change and hunting practices, by 1940 these cranes had been reduced to under 1,000 individuals. They have since recovered; according to the US Forestry Service, the current population is estimated to be between 65,000 and 75,000. Combined with the other migratory subspecies of sandhill cranes (the Lesser and the Canadian), with whom interbreeding often takes place, there are over 500,000 sandhill cranes, making them the most plentiful crane alive today. Article Continues…
Other World Computing announced today its corporate campus was awarded LEED® Platinum Certification by the Green Building Certification Institute, the highest achievable level of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. Out of more than 14,000 LEED projects engaged worldwide since the program’s 1998 inception, OWC is one of less than three hundred to achieve the Platinum standard. With this recognition, OWC also became the first privately owned light manufacturing/assembly firm in Illinois to obtain LEED Platinum status.
“OWC was founded with a core mission of providing customers the resources needed to maximize their technology investment. Similarly, our new headquarters utilizes leading edge technologies to maximize our own use of natural resources and provide the highest level of operational efficiency,” said Larry O’Connor, CEO, Other World Computing. “Our conserving for a greener tomorrow ensures our continued ability to be competitive in serving our customers and now is a ‘triple win’ with our LEED Platinum certification.” Article Continues…
“OWC’s green philosophy means a continual process of seeking ways to reduce environmental impact in our day-to-day operations,” said Larry O’Connor, CEO, Other World Computing. “Resources are not infinite. We are a future-thinking company and our conservation policies and programs reflect our commitment to the environment.”
With Spring now in full swing comes thoughts of green grass, blossoms and leaves on once barren trees and fresh air. With the environment on so many minds, especially at this time of year with Earth Day observation fast approaching on April 20th, our thoughts here at OWC stray toward the Going Green movement that has been an integral part of our corporate message since we were founded back in 1988.
From the green technologies incorporated into our corporate headquarters, through our actions and programs as a company, to our offerings and encouragement of going green to our customer base…our “Green” goals are set high. The resulting benefits will be far greater than merely financial.
OWC’s Green Actions:
OWC employs a comprehensive recycling program in its practices including onsite paper, plastic, aluminum can and metal recycling programs with the goal of maintaining a “zero solid waste” status. Additionally, OWC refuses non-recyclable pallets from vendor deliveries, recycles obsolete equipment through electronic equipment recyclers, and reuses packaging materials (such as foam peanuts, etc.) whenever possible.
In November 2005, we began the NuPower notebook battery recycling program. Elements from Li-Ion batteries can be recycled for use in multiple industries and proper disposal of other components prevents contamination to the environment. Article Continues…