Updated: Jul 3
Not only is organization an incredibly valuable and necessary element of every business, is also one place where sustainability is bypassed. Regardless of the size of the business, the time and resources that are required to efficiently organize a business is what makes the business successful.
What is interesting and applicable about sustainability is how interrelated time and resources are. We have all heard the phrase "time is money", but in this case, time and resources are equally important in order to maximize profits, minimize impacts, and provide socially viable business models.
Some businesses utilize real estate, some use digital storage, and most businesses use both.
For example, a library contains a great deal of information and it is all stored within a building located on real estate the same as google keeps its physical servers and memory databases on a real piece of property somewhere too. While many different elements can be considered in the place, contents, and size of the library, we must also consider how efficient it is to store the data.
For the sake of applying Sustainability to the discussion, the solution is to provide hard copies only when absolutely necessary. This process will maximize the savings, minimize the space required, and allow for maximum customer satisfaction.