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JUNE 6, 2008
This Issue's Theme:
GOING GREEN
Business travelers starting to demand green lodging
While some hotels are savvy enough to promote their environmental practices, most are not doing enough to satisfy business travelers who are increasingly demanding green accommodations.

Old computers, unwanted mail: Get rid of them without harming the environment
Everyone knows that reduce, reuse, recycle are the watchwords for the green movement, but transferring those goals into a busy office environment may seem daunting. It doesn't have to be that way. One big problem for many CPA firms is getting rid of old computers. They're an environmental hazard because of the lead and mercury inside; and the data on the hard drives represents a security risk. What to do?

SBA shows its color - turns out it's green
Most of us don't think of federal agencies as being particularly earth conscious. But long before it was cool to be green, the Small Business Administration in its policies was committed to the protection of the natural environment.

It's easy being green: Five ways to go green in 2008
Companies around the world are now on the "going green" bandwagon for a number of reasons. Some do it for the sole purpose of marketing "green;" others do it for tax incentives. However, very few do it because it is the right thing to do for their clients, employees, and the environment. While not all green initiatives will save your business money, cost you nothing, or get you more customers, having a green business can align good business sense with community objectives, branding, and reputation. As much or as little as your business can afford to do will make a difference.

Computer gadgets can save power from 'energy vampires'
Consumer electronics are notorious energy vampires, sucking energy even when they're not in use. But going green in your office may be easier than you think. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, consumer electronics - 25 devices in the average American home - use as much as 25 percent of their power when in standby mode. Consider the computer, monitor, and cable modem. Together, they use 11 watts of power even when powered down. Take a look at these devices that can control energy use.

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Editor's Note

We can't ignore the green movement. It's all around us - in the news, in the stores, in the recycling bins on the curbs, and now, in our offices. As accountants and advisors, we have a golden opportunity to help guide our clients into the new green economy. With that thought in mind, we have established a new area of AccountingWEB called The Organic Accountant: Going Green in an Accountant's World. Keep an eye on this section of our site for the latest green economy information, news about how firms are going green, tips you can share with your clients and colleagues, and links to other green sites on the Web.

Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor
editor@accountingweb.com


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