Why Choose A Small Orange?
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ASO Has Gone Green!
Our Green Power Commitment
Data centers and web hosting use electricity. Often, a lot of electricity. We, like our customers, are concerned about the environmental impact of this energy use, and want to speed development of a more sustainable, low-carbon, renewable energy economy. Therefore, in addition to using energy efficient hosting technologies, ASO has chosen to go a step further and match 150 percent of the electricity it uses with renewable energy, in the form of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). This commitment will ensure that for every kilowatt hour of electricity used to host your website, another one and one-half kilowatt hours of electricity is generated by renewable energy projects and delivered to the power grid.
Encouraging Renewable Energy Development
A Small Orange has partnered with 3Degrees to help us assess the environmental impact of our electricity use, and mitigate the impact of this electricity use. A five-time winner of the U.S. Department of Energy.s Green Power Supplier of the Year Award, 3Degrees helps organizations like ours match their electricity use with Green-e Energy. A REC represents one megawatt-hour of electricity generated from wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, low-impact hydro or other Green-e Energy approved renewable energy technologies. Endorsed as a means to support renewable energy by the Union of Concerned Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Council and World Resources Institute, RECs provide renewable energy project owners with a revenue stream that supplements the revenue they secure from the sale of their projects' electricity. This helps renewable energy projects compete with traditional forms of electricity generation, such as coal and natural gas. Examples of renewable energy projects that generate RECs include the Red Hills Wind Farm in Oklahoma, and the Farmers' City Wind Project in Missouri, and and the Milpitas Unified School District Solar Project in California. By matching A Small Orange.s electricity use with RECs from projects like these, we demonstrate our willingness to take responsibility for the environmental impact of our electricity use and increase demand for green power, accelerating the low-carbon, renewable energy economy.
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A Remote Workforce
Many A Small Orange employees work partially or exclusively from home, just one more step in our sustainable business strategy. A report by the President's Council of Economic Advisers released in March 2010 highlighted the general benefits of remote working for both employees and companies, which included "reducing absenteeism, lowering turnover, improving the health of workers, and increasing productivity."
Many people don't realize that remote working is the green choice as well! Remote working helps ASO conserve energy by having smaller offices that use less energy and resources, and our remote working program helps preserve the environment by reducing commuter traffic.
By allowing employees to work remotely, we keep cars off the road which reduces the amount of toxic gases and dust particles released into the atmosphere as well as the chemicals washed into our waterways, wells, and rivers.Why choose World Class Facilities?