Last month we embarked on our first steps towards "carbon neutrality." If you read our original blog entry regarding this, we decided to start with the paper that we use in the office. The steps are: measure, reduce, offset, then repeat. We have been measuring our usage. We have cut our usage down to 1 ream of white paper for last month, and a small fraction of a ream for yellow. (we don't count pcs, we count reams---this isn't an exercise in insanity).
The thing that we have learned most is how much we can save by simple awareness and a few systems. We have a bin to catch "scrap" paper that we can use for most uses on the opposite side. This has had a huge effect on our reduction efforts. Additionally, we have begun sending some invoice electronically. We are working on streamlining our processes generally in order to to as much as we can electronically by integrating our various systems---not an easy task!
I think one of the biggest benefits is the constant reminder we have here in the office to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint. For instance, I have also pulled my old (but very sturdy) bicycle from storage and am in the process of refurbishing it so that I can start riding the 10 miles to and from work, instead of driving. I can't say that will happen everyday, but it should become quite regular. This is one of the positive effects of high gas prices---less cars on the road, and fitter bellies!
We will keep you updated.