Ogden, Utah - February 10, 2014
Bank of Utah Taking Innovative Steps to Reduce Auto Emissions
Local Bank adopted video conferencing system, saving 487,800 miles in employee car trips in one year
Everybody's talking about how to clear the air in the state, and Bank of Utah is doing its part by reducing the auto emissions that may result from its day to day operations. The locally-owned community bank has been using a sophisticated video conferencing system to cut down on the number of employee car trips taken to meet with banking colleagues. The bank is also initiating a bank-wide Idle-Free Campaign that will encourage bank customers to turn off their car engines whenever possible when using drive through windows.
Bank of Utah calculates that since implementation of the Cisco Telepresence video conferencing system it has reduced the number of miles traveled to meetings by 487,800 miles per year. This means an estimated 23,228.57 gallons of gasoline have been saved through the effort, thus eliminating 410,681 pounds of carbon dioxide from Utah's atmosphere in one year. (Calculation based on 21 miles per gallon and an average of 17.68 pounds of carbon dioxide burned per gallon of gasoline.)
The bank's "Stop Idling and Start Saving" Campaign to reduce customer idling at drive through windows will be launched in conjunction with Ogden City's Idle-Free Week, Feb. 10-17. Bank of Utah will post signage at drive through windows at all 13 branches throughout the state that say "Stop Idling, Start Saving – Thank you for turning off your engine while waiting. Save Money, Breathe Easier, Protect Our Environment."
"In the past, it was commonly known that idling a car used less gasoline than turning it off and on between short stops," said Scott H. Parkinson, senior vice present of marketing and communications for Bank of Utah. "But today's automobiles are more efficient, and if you are idling for more than 10 seconds you'll save on gasoline and protect the environment if you turn your engine off and on again in a drive through situation."
According to Cisco Systems, which provides its TelePresence video-conferencing system for Bank of Utah, in 2007, the company generated 206,000 tons of emissions from its own employees' air travel. Amid the economic slowdown and a reduced travel budget, Cisco cut that number to 107,000 tons in 2010. Cisco advocates using technology for team meetings, interviewing job seekers or routine meetings with partners or customers.
"Cisco is a nationwide company, but even smaller statewide organizations such as Bank of Utah, can make a difference by taking some simple steps," added Parkinson. "Businesses can be more efficient, save money in operations and benefit our environment at the same time by using video conferencing and the latest communications technology where possible. It's a win-win for us all."