“It’s not easy being green” -Kermit the Frog
A lot of companies talk about how they are green, but don’t take the necessary action to achieve measurable results. In past several years, Atlanta Pro AV has taken action, and put our money where our mouth is. Below is a list of some of the action taken to reduce our carbon footprint and conserve energy in meaningful ways.
- LEDing the way – In the past couple of years, we have replaced all of our rental stock of ETC Source Four Lekos with LED Ellipsoidals. We chose to invest in Chauvet’s Ovation 260WW. The decision to go LED with our fixtures was not an obvious one. Yes, they use a fraction of the energy compared to the conventional ones, and they produce little to no heat which helps the performer from getting overheated, thus producing a better performance. However, the brightness of LED had never been comparable to conventional ones, and most lack the ability to create quality beams with hard edges. After much product research, we found the units that made the grade. The light output was superior to a 750W lamp, and the beam quality was fantastic thanks to the optics of Chauvet’s lens design. We have also replaced our festoon lighting with LED’s and all our uplighting & moving heads, as well.
- HYBRID TRANSPORTATION – In 2014, we made the hard choice of buying a hybrid International 26′ box truck. This is one of our main vehicles for equipment transportation around the U.S. The truck runs off of a large battery system when idling, producing less co2 emissions and conserving energy. This vehicle is more expensive to maintain, but we know the eco benefit is worth the trouble. We have also made a concerted effort to have all of our company sales vehicles hybrid too. We have used Toyota exclusively for their groundbreaking Prius and Highlander models.
- Recycling – Our warehouse manager, Wes Ables, deserves the credit for this one. He insisted our management team observe the excessive amounts of cardboard and plastic we were disposing of on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. After some research, we discovered that few, and I dare say none, of the companies in our industry recycle. I don’t know if they don’t want to incur the expense, or if they believe it’s too difficult. Unfortunately, the City of Atlanta does NOT incentivize companies to recycle with tax cuts or anything else. We have invested in the largest recycling bin available for our space and sleep better at night for having done so.
- Logistically conservative – From carefully plotting the best route locally to save gas, to meticulously managing cross-country fleets of trucks to maximize efficiency, we take extra steps in planning to make sure we are environmentally responsible.
Our team is committed to the preservation of our natural environment!