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Green Finances: Help the planet and your checkbook

Consumers continually seek faster and easier ways to get things done. Green banking—that is, paperless online banking—is an eco-friendly way to help reduce your carbon footprint. Not only is paperless banking a contributing factor in our planet’s overall wellness, it also provides a more efficient and organized way to handle your finances. Here are a few ways that green banking …

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Every day green: Nine easy choices businesses can make to help the environment today

Is your business confused about how it can “go green”? Initiating an environmental response to the green imperative—whether through a formal RFP or by informal employee practices in the workplace—can be challenging. However, by making small choices and building upon them daily, businesses can establish goals that promote a greener future. Planet wellness is understandably a complex issue, but your …

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Introducing the Award-Winning iMeet

The people have spoken. And we can hear soul-sucking meeting haters rejoicing around the world. Thanks to an overwhelming groundswell of support from the iMeet user community, earlier this week, PGi was awarded a People’s Choice Stevie Award for its latest innovation, iMeet, at the 2011 American Business Awards (ABA) reception. iMeet took home the trophy in the Favorite New …

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iCloud to be unveiled by Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave, will present iCloud, a Web-based service that lets consumers stream music they bought to any Apple device. SAN FRANCISCO – Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs returns on Monday to the stage at San Francisco’s Moscone center to take the wraps off what investors hope will be the next source of growth …

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Creating Business Efficiency with Green Practices

If you find yourself wanting to go “green” within your organization but ask if it costs more money than it saves, you aren’t alone. Many companies struggle with the practical implementation of environmentally conscious choices, even when the desire exists. To spend, we must defend, as my own mentors wisely guide me. When companies can tie increased efficiency to business …

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Carbon Footprint Series Part 3: Telecommuting

People have begun to see the impact telecommuting can make on our overall carbon footprint and are realizing that working from home can help the planet. Because telecommuting reduces carbon fuel consumption, air pollution and traffic congestion by decreasing the number of cars on the road, environmentalists strongly recommend this simple, effective solution. According to a survey commissioned by the …

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Carbon Footprint Series Part 2: Impact on Flying

As business develops its reach globally, air travel has increasingly become a necessity rather than a luxury. And yet, climate-change activists around the world are paradoxically reaching out, encouraging consumers around the world to reduce their carbon footprint caused by commercial aviation and find alternative solutions. Air travel contributes to approximately two to three percent of global carbon emissions, but …

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Carbon Footprint Series Part 1: Impact on Driving

Concerns over the environment and the impact human beings have on it—individually and as businesses—grow steadily and have become increasingly complex. It often seems that the more information we have on environmental issues, the less we understand them. Each environmental demand put on the planet is measured in terms of its carbon footprint, defined by the UK Carbon Trust as …

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Dog Bless You: Leading with Compassion at SXSW 2011

When the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan last week, the country’s devastation instantly vaulted to the forefront of Austin’s SXSW interactive conference. Developers, bloggers, tech gurus and philanthropists all united to spread the word and their generosity to aid Japan during this time of need. Sean O’Brien, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Communications at PGi had the opportunity to …

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Exploring the World with iMeet

After our “One World, One Room” meeting, the PGi team felt exhilarated. The very fact that we had shared in the experience of connecting colleagues, coworkers and friends all around the world, representing every continent, left us thrilled. We felt like explorers spreading the power of iMeet. And news travels fast. The iMeet experience has now reached reviewer Aliza Sherman …

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Telecommuting During the Snowpocalypse

In recent weeks, icy storms have swept the country. Dallas, Texas, felt colder than Anchorage, Alaska, last week, allowing many southerners to discover the art of building a snowman. Both private and public transportation can easily be impaired during winter storms; worse, drivers often learn the hard way how dangerous it is to drive on icy roads. However, weather difficulties …

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Work from Anywhere: Because I Want to Help My Employer, the Economy and the Environment

According to a report from the Council of Economic Advisers ‚Äî Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility (PDF) ‚Äî published in March 2010, many companies overlook the benefits of implementing flexible workplace policies for their employees. Flexible workplace arrangements can include job sharing, phased retirement of older workers, and telecommuting. These practices allow workers to continue making productive …

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