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18 2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE going green M ore and more businesses are recognizing that " sustainability" is more than just a trendy buzzword. Being environmentally conscious has many benefits for the bottom line as well as for Mother Earth. Here are a few small things you can do that can have big impacts on both: • Consider lowering your thermostat a bit more in the winter and raising it a bit more in the summer. Every degree each way can save you one to three percent on your electric bill, and it helps keep planet- warming CO2 out of the atmosphere. • It's cheaper to install a filtered water cooler than to purchase bottled water, and encouraging employees to bring their own mugs and cups and re- use them can help reduce the 60 million water bottles that get thrown away nationwide each day. • Offer your employees incentives to take alternative transportation. If they take mass transit, carpool or even bicycle once or twice in a five- day work week, it can reduce emissions and pollution — not to mention stress, which gives you a more productive employee. • Donating your old office computers and cell phones can make for a nice tax deduction while assisting a local non- profit who can't afford the latest technology. It'll also keep potentially dangerous lead, mercury and cadmium leakage from televisions and circuit boards from getting into landfills. • Rechargeable batteries for small office appliances can be re- used for much less than purchasing hundreds of packages of AA batteries per year. The three billion batteries thrown away each year can pour toxic metals and elements into the soil and water. • Don't waste! Turning off lights and computers at the end of the work day saves electricity and wear and tear. • Teleconferencing instead of flying to that meeting in another state saves money and lost productivity due to employees' being out of the office or jet- lagged. Being serious about reducing your carbon footprint also sends an important message that your company is a good corporate citizen. The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce launched its own environmental initiative, the Green Roundtable, in 2008. Environmentally conscious members meet regularly to exchange ideas, get educated, make connections and share resources for making a positive impact on the environment. Visit www. phoenixchamber. com to find out more. Save Money, Save Our Planet Tips for helping companies be more environmentally conscious

2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE 19 3 4 1 2 keep in touch Having undergone a renovation in 2008, the Chamber's Web site, www. phoenixchamber. com, is an invaluable resource. Both a destination in itself as well as a portal to a world of information, the site attracts thousands of visitors each month. It contains an updated directory of all 3,400 GPCC members, an interactive calendar of events, information for anyone looking to relocate to the Valley of the Sun and much more. 2009 will see the introduction of more robust multimedia content, including educational " Webinars" that will allow busy members to learn about interesting topics or attend some events without leaving their offices. Regular e- mail communications keep members up-to- date on news and upcoming events. Everything members need for a quick read on what's happening is delivered to their inboxes weekly. Occasional special alerts on breaking news or important legislative issues mean business people are never out of the loop. The business- oriented social networking site, LinkedIn, is growing in importance and use among Chamber members and staff. Business people can establish new relationships, formalize and organize their circle of contacts and join or form online groups within the Chamber umbrella. A monthly membership publication has been a part of Chamber communications since the 1940s. The latest generation is IMPACT Magazine, a glossy, four- color, high- quality business magazine that covers important issues, Chamber news and upcoming events, and highlights the many accomplishments of the membership. IMPACT is also an outstanding marketing vehicle, offering a venue for advertisers of all budgets to reach a readership of more than 22,000 business people each month. As members' needs and tastes evolve, the Chamber's communication avenues adapt and expand to meet their expectations. However you choose to interact with the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, you'll find a resource waiting for you. Stay Connected 4 easy ways to keep in touch and network with other businesses G reater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce members have more options than ever to stay connected to the state's largest business organization. Utilizing the latest technology, the Chamber keeps business people informed about the latest news, events and issues. GPCC's IMPACT Magazine helps keep members informed and connected. photo: Greater phoenix chamber of comerce