At DTS, we are continually seeking ways to increase our "green" practices and reduce our environmental footprint. We want to improve our conservation programs, protect our natural resources and prevent pollution by becoming more resource efficient, reducing waste, recycling and purchasing products that are reusable or made from recycled materials. As a global company, we want all our DTS offices world-wide to conduct operations in a socially- and environmentally-responsible manner that will minimize our impact on the environment.
DTS is proactively taking steps to create a workplace that is considerate of its environmental impact. We have designed our DTS Calabasas offices to be both functional and environmentally friendly. The following principles are the basis for our "green" practices at our Calabasas offices.
Energy conservation reduces greenhouse gas emissions which are linked to climate change.
- Facility lighting is designed with low voltage elements. We are using compact florescent light bulbs that are four times more efficient than incandescent bulbs and provide the same lighting.
- We have installed sensors to control lights when areas are not in use.
- Automatic temperature control thermostats have been installed throughout the facility.
- Consolidated printing will replace individual office printers. State-of-the-art networked printers, strategically located throughout building, will be more energy efficient.
RESOURCE REDUCTION & CONSERVATION
Reducing the resources we use is waste reduction at the source.
- Network printers will be set for black and white, double-sided printing to reduce toner and paper use.
- We will encourage e-communication and discourage the distribution of hard-copies.
- DTS Policies & Procedures and forms are stored and available online.
- Timekeeping will be managed via computer. Non-exempt employees will record their hours via an online timesheet; supervisors will review and approve timesheets from anywhere in the world.
- Water-efficient faucets and low-volume toilets will help reduce our water consumption.
WASTE REDUCTION & RECYCLING
Reducing our waste is a key component to reducing our environmental footprint. Non-recyclable waste enters the landfills and produces methane, a greenhouse gas.
- Reusable dishes, glassware and flatware will replace disposable cups, plates and cutlery. In the evening, energy-saving and water-efficient dishwashers will clean these items for reuse.
- Individual water bottles will be replaced with drinking water in dispensers.
- In meeting rooms, we will use pitchers of water and glassware.
- Recycle bins will be more visibly and strategically placed throughout the building to collect mixed recyclables (newspapers, paper, plastics, aluminum and cardboard) and batteries.
Purchasing environmentally responsible products where practical makes good business sense and will lead to the manufacture of even more products that protect our natural resources.
- In our purchasing decisions, we will seek products and services that most effectively minimize negative environmental impacts while meeting the needs of our operations.
- Purchases of necessary paper goods, such as copier and printer paper, towels, napkins and tissue will be produced from recyclable materials.
- Our kitchens and coffee rooms have been designed to include energy efficient appliances.
- We will purchase and use only biodegradable soaps and cleaning products.
Transportation makes a big impact on greenhouse gas emissions. For every single automobile trip to the workplace that does not occur, there are fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
- We provide incentives to employees who walk, ride a bike or carpool to work.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP
Each of us has an important role in protecting our environment. We believe it is incumbent on each of us to do our part. In addition, with each person’s help, we will save money by becoming more resource efficient and reducing waste while increasing productivity. Listed below are ways that you can help DTS reduce its environmental footprint.
- Set your computer to sleep when it’s not in use. This will save a substantial amount of energy. When your computer is asleep, it’s still on in a low-power mode, but it will awake instantly to resume use.
- Ask your IT department to help you set your desktop or laptop computer to automatically sleep after a specified amount of time of inactivity (10 minutes, for maximum energy savings).
- Turn off your desktop computer monitor when you are away for more than 20 minutes.
- Don’t use a screensaver. If screensaver images appear on your monitor for more than 5 minutes, you are wasting energy.
- Turn off your computer when you leave your office at night.
- Remove small electric items (space heaters, fans, etc.) from your office.
RESOURCE REDUCTION & CONSERVATION
- Rather than distribute hard-copy documents, use e-communication to transmit materials electronically.
- When hosting a meeting, DO NOT bring copies of documents to meetings for distribution. Tell the participants you will send out a "soft" copy of the material via email following the meeting.
- Before you print a document, ask yourself if it is absolutely necessary. If the answer is "yes," consider printing ONLY the page or pages you require.
- When you must print a document, use ONLY network printers.
- Print in black and white, two-sided whenever possible (this is the default for all network printers). Avoid color printing; color printing generally uses more ink.
- Whenever possible, adjust the margins (wider) and print single space and no more than 1.5 lines between sections to maximize use of white space on the page.
- Send and receive faxes from your computer.
- ALWAYS use "spell check" and "print preview" prior to printing to reduce the need to reprint a document and waste paper.
- Reuse unwanted paper. Before tossing out documents that you no longer need, consider using the unprinted side for scratch paper.
- Apply a "green" signature to your email. You give it your own style, with the intent being to ask your recipients to be environmentally conscientious before printing the email (or the attachments).
- Please consider the environment before printing this email. To create the tree symbol, type a capital "P," highlight it and change the font to Webdings. You can bold the text and change the color to green (as done here) to make it stand out.
- Turn off faucets tightly after use.
- Before you order supplies, carefully consider what you really need to save on unnecessary items. Although we will attempt to make purchases of environmentally friendly products whenever possible, often the product packaging generates additional waste.
- Use reusable dishes, glassware, ceramic mugs and utensils for food and beverages. This will eliminate a lot of waste generated from plastic utensils, paper cups and plates.
- After use, put them in the dishwasher (located in the kitchens) for cleaning over night.
- When drinking water, use a glass that can be refilled throughout the day at our new water dispensers. Although recycling plastic bottles is better than putting them in the landfills, not needing to dispose of them at all is even better!
- Provide pitchers of water (from our dispensers) with glassware at meetings.
- Take the time to put your paper (white and color), recyclable plastics ( &), aluminum, newspapers, glass and cardboard in the RECYCLE bins located throughout the building. This will help reduce our non-recyclable waste one wastebasket at a time! You will be surprised at how little trash you generate during a work day if you properly dispose of all your recyclables.
- Reconsider your commute. Start a carpool, ride a bike or walk to work. Save money while you reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Environmental awareness is a mindset. Many of us already do many of these things to help protect our planet. It is our hope to do more as time goes on. To that end, we will continue to provide tips and information to help us live these principles in our day-to-day lives both at work and at home.