While I’m not advocating ignoring COVID 19, I am beginning to think about what our lives will be like after the Pandemic subsides and we can begin to return to the new normal, whatever that might be. One thing that has happened is how clear the air is in Los Angeles as a result of the shutdown. No jets or airplanes flying overhead, no contrails, the vapor trails made by jets when they fly at high altitudes, and the significantly reduced amount of cars and trucks on the road. The impact we have on our environment is visible. We can see it and smell it here in LA, and I like what I’m smelling and seeing while we are on stay at home orders.
So aside from trading my polluting auto for a Tesla, what can I be doing to help the environment? Since I was young, there has been talk about the paperless office. Paper is made from trees, it causes a lot of pollution to make paper as anyone who has ever been near a paper mill can tell you, and then there is the waste. A lot of paper just gets thrown away. Don’t forget about the cost of distributing paper. Paper is heavy, requires heavy trucks and forklifts to deliver it. Once you use it, you have to buy file cabinets, take up office space (heat and cool it), buy ink cartridges, dispose of ink cartridges–the environmental ripple effect of paper is pretty significant especially in a commercial setting. If you work remotely, which many of us do these days, accessing the file cabinet at the office just isn’t feasible. So how do we get back to the paperless office?
You can start with a tool we’ve developed, Admissions Document Manager, to take virtually all of the paper out of the processing of new students. ADM not only creates a centralized admissions document repository, it also creates an opportunity to further green your workflows. It’s not an insignificant contribution, as it significantly, if not entirely, removes paper from the process, storing the documentation you require electronically. No more paper, no ink cartridges, no more landfill waste, no more file cabinets. It saves you money, is more convenient and contributes to a healthier environment. It may not be a Tesla, but it is another step in the right direction.
Jim Queen, Owner/CEO
Diamond SIS, Inc.