Krka National Park, Croatia, Photo by Kamil Porembiński (CC 2.0)
“In dreams begin responsibilities.”
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright and 1923 Nobel Laureate in Literature.
As we become more aware of the little things that we can do during our daily routines to help our natural environment, each of us acquires the potential to contribute immeasurably to solving the problems associated with natural resource degradation that our world has inadvertently created.
As part of our environmental and natural resource conservation principles to which we are deeply committed, the Balkan Economic Forum has endeavoured to reduce its carbon footprint during the course of its operations in several ways.
To begin with, our website is hosted by GreenGeeks that has distinguished itself in environmental conservation by offseting its energy consumption through the purchase of sufficient wind energy credits that also enables our server to deliver back to the grid 3 times more electricity than it actually uses and this electricity is derived from renewable wind energy technology.
In addition, our server has pioneered ways to reconfigure its operations in order to minimise its energy consumption, especially during the all-important equipment cooling function. In recognition of this contribution to renewable energy production and energy conservation, our server was invited in 2009 to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) Green Power Partner programme. GreenGeeks equally respects its global 2010 Earth Day Commitment by enabling businesses with operations in the European Union to reduce their carbon footprint and become more energy efficient which not only supports environmental conservation but also business competitiveness.
In addition, we at the Balkan Economic Forum, along with our website host, recycle all recyclable material; turn off or power down all electrical equipment when not in use; and bring to the office home-prepared meals as well as beverages in a thermos for lunch or dinner which is not only a time-saver at the office but it reduces the amount of paper or plastic packaging material and cups associated with take-out orders.
While all Balkan Economic Forum office equipment is Energy Star certified, other carbon footprint reduction features include the use of recyled paper – and only when absolutely necessary, the maintenance of all office records in electronic form to reduce the use of paper and plastic filing products, and the use of energy efficient light bulbs in all office light fixtures.
By reducing our carbon footprint, each one of us can easily contribute to natural resource conservation and thereby mitigate the environmental degradation that is currently impacting the health and well-being of all inhabitants around the world. Our generation, like all others, is comprised of planetary users and caretakers who will pass into and out of human history in the blink of an eye, whereas the consequences as well as the legacy of natural resource conservation or degradation will endure for centuries and perhaps longer.