At Atlas, every day we move families and businesses across town, across the country and around the globe. And we understand the environmental impact that comes with doing business. That’s why we’ve made sustainability a priority, and we’re holding ourselves and our Agents accountable.
Through the new Sustainable Agent Certification, every Atlas Agent will be asked to meet set standards. When they do, they’ll earn the certification. It’s a mark they can be proud of, because it’s not easy to earn. And every year, they will have to continue to prove that they’re reaching their targets to keep it, because sustainability is not a one-time effort- it’s an ongoing endeavor to protect our environment and empower our communities.
Here are some of the ways Atlas and its Agents are starting to make a difference.
Recycling our waste conserves natural resources, saves energy, reduces landfill space and emissions, and so much more. That’s why Atlas Agents make every effort to purchase materials from sustainable and responsible sources. And through the program, they must have a system in place to recycle all common mixed recyclables.
But it just starts there. Sustainable Atlas Agents move on to recycle everything from office equipment and electronics to tires and pallets, while working to reduce waste across their business.
Reducing fuel waste is paramount to environmental protection, and the bottom line. That’s why we plan for every move by finding the most efficient routes for our trucks. Atlas and its Agents also take great measures to reduce fuel consumption along the way-from simple maintenance to setting fuel-efficiency goals and policies, reducing idling, and instituting eco-driver training.
It takes an estimated 2.5 gallons of water to produce one sheet of office paper, so Atlas does its part to conserve print resources. We print sales literature on recycled paper, take advantage of document imaging, and engage in paperless billing. Atlas Agents have also invested in baling and bundling equipment to prepare paper wrap and boxes for recycling.
We’ve established the Atlas World-Class Commitment Technology Standard to promote all of our Agents using digital forms of communication, reducing paper and improving efficiency. With these standards in place, Atlas Agents have computerized access to real-time information on every customer’s move.
We also ask our Agents to do their part by taking steps to conserve paper, which includes utilizing paperless inventory, surveying and billing, switching printers and copiers to double-sided settings, and encouraging a culture of paper free operations.
At Atlas HQ, we’ve taken a number of steps to reduce our impact. From lighting reduction and increased use of LED lights to investing in new HVAC units, we’re consistently finding new ways to make our buildings more efficient.
Agents have also taken steps to improve energy efficiency in their offices and warehouses. Some examples include basic steps like installing automatic lighting, or utilizing Energy Star® appliances. Some goes as far as using photovoltaic solar panels to provide enough clean, renewable energy to illuminate and cool an entire building-and sell a surplus back to the local utility.
To support clean waterways, Atlas uses biodegradable soap and closed vehicle wash systems. Water capture, retention and testing ensure purity before release. Double-hulled tanks safeguard in-ground fuel supplies.
Sustainability is not just about being more environmentally-friendly, it’s also connected to the well being of the communities and people around us. Atlas and its Agents engage in a number of activities with our communities, including acting as a Pacesetter for United Way and partnering with organizations like Move for Hunger. You can find out more about our efforts in the Amplifier™.
Starting in 2017 Atlas will be certifying Sustainable Agents, but there’s plenty of ways to get ready now. Visit Atlas Loop to get information on the certification process.