By Gregory Pings, manager of Content Marketing for Xerox

Across the world today, an estimated 1 billion people in 192 countries will take part in activities tied to Earth Day, the annual event that focuses on important environmental issues such as climate change.

At Xerox, sustainability is fundamental to how we do business. Working with suppliers, customers, and stakeholders, Xerox maintains the highest standards to preserve our environment and protect and enhance the health and safety of our employees and communities.

The intersection of business and the environment is busy all year long. That’s why we publish these types of articles throughout the year, in addition to Earth Day.

In honor of the 45th recognition of Earth Day, Simplify Work presents a series of examples showing Xerox operating at the intersection of business performance and a cleaner planet.

Wheels in Motion for Bus Rapid Transit

Bus Rapid Transit combines the qualities of bus, streetcar, and light rail systems. They are a good enabler to reduce congestion as well as contamination and toxic gas emissions, and can work anywhere there is the critical mass to justify the investment. This article discusses examples from Latin America and the United States. (From Real Business.)

Tips to Go Green; Sustainability Myths Expelled

Xerox encourages customers to print less. The top sustainable things small companies can do right now are very simple: Hit the “off” switch, use public transit, unplug devices. Click the link above to see some of the suggestions that came out of a Twitter chat session with sustainability expert Susan McPherson and Diane O’Connor, Xerox vice president of Global Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability.

Spotfixers in India Clean Up

It’s one thing to complain about trash in the streets. It’s quite another to do something about it. The latter point is called “spotfixing” in India, and researchers at the Xerox Research Centre India got involved with a mobile app. This app helps citizens eradicate urban blight by reporting incidents, and helping them proactively take organize a spotfix to clean it up. Our researchers tried it. Here’s how it worked. (From Simplify Work.)

Have the British Courts Gone Paperless, or Paper-Less?

The truly paperless office is far off into the future, if at all. However, technology provides with the ability to vastly reduce our reliance on paper. Here’s why “paper-less” seems to be the more accurate term. (From Enterprise Matters.)

Materials Science Will Drive the Future

Read how Xerox scientists and engineers are creating another generation of entirely new materials and techniques that will advance the Internet of Everything, help conserve water and energy, improve manufacturing processes and much more. (From Xerox Canada’s Bridge to Digital Business.)

From Local to Global – A Channel Partner Success Story

“The number of printed pages continues to decline,” or “Customers aren’t buying as many printers,” does not necessarily mean tough times for people who sell printers. In fact, business is booming for many of Xerox’s channel partners. It’s a matter of seeing opportunities where others see challenges. (From Channel Partner Connection.)

The American International School in Bucharest: The First Paperless School

Students of the American School of Bucharest conducted a service-learning project to reduce the volume of paper the school consumed and reduce the school’s carbon impact. (From Small Business Solutions.)

Three Reasons to be Passionate about Environmental Sustainability

A discussion with two graphic communications executives explains why they treat environmental sustainability as a pillar of the business, on par with customer satisfaction and financial success. (From Digital Printing Hot Spot.)

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Gregory Pings was raised in Wisconsin, the great state that gave us Earth Day founder Senator Gaylord Nelson, author/activist John Muir, and Menominee Indian tribal leader Hilary J. “Sparky” Waukau.