On April 22, 1970, United States Senator Gaylord Nelson founded the first environmental teach-in known as Earth Day. In 1990 the idea was taken national by Denis Hayes. Now, 43 years after it was founded, 192 countries take part in events that focus on environmental issues.
"Though Earth Day may now be synonymous with small-scale tree planting and volunteer cleanup projects, the first Earth Day actually had its sights set on bigger political projects," a Fox News report said. "Earth Day demonstrations created public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, authorized by Congress in December 1970. Earth Day also contributed to the passage of the Clean Water, Clean Air and Endangered Species acts."
This is also the time of year when many individuals and companies start to look at how they affect the world around them from an environmental perspective. In many cases, this includes the topic of recycling and how unneeded materials are being repurposed.
Many businesses have recycling programs set up within the office. Whether it is as simple as bins spread through the building, providing employees a place for cans, bottles and paper, or more intensive undertakings like planting trees or adopting highways, going green is a process that many companies have already taken part in.
However, there are many other processes that can be undertaken in support of Earth Day, such as going paperless. Not only will eliminating paper from the office help do away with clutter and improve the efficiency with digital documents, but it also lowers the amount of paper that gets tossed away.
By partnering with a document scanning and management company, any business can limit the amount of paper used on a daily basis and convert existing documents into an electronic format. Electronic document storage is a great way to go green and participate in this year's Earth Day.
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