uShip has been recognized by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce at the 2012 Greater Austin Business Awards in the Environment category (Medium sized company division), making this the second straight year uShip has taken home glassware in the eco/green category.
Joining us in the Environment category were Rackspace (large division winner) and Keep Austin Beautiful (small division winner), all three of which demonstrate commitment to environmentally sound practices. In addition, uShip was also a finalist in the Commmunity Relations category.
As uShip has grown domestically and globally, it’s only meant the company has become more “green” in the process. The more the company connects people with transporters’ extra truck space, the more it helps reduce unnecessary delivery vehicles on the road and fewer CO2s belched into the air.
Between 2006 and 2011, 30,000 uShip customers have bought over 1,560 tons of carbon offsets.
Beyond uShip’s inherent green transport model, uShip’s youthful culture takes this greenness to heart and embraces minimizing the environmental impact of all company activities. Green behavior is and will always be a part of uShip’s culture as a workplace.
Conveniently located in downtown Austin, employees are provided financial incentives to either bike or take subsidized public transportation. For those that bike, repair tools and a clean shower are always available.
To reduce the impact of traveling offsite for food, employees are provided an organic and locally-grown lunch four days a week by Hannah, the company chef.
We also provide resources for recycling all waste, from packaging, plastic and paper, to composting food and coffee filters. And for the most part, uShip is a paperless workplace with virtually all product documentation, presentations, reports and invoices exchanged electronically.
Even in our charitable activities, uShip thinks green. uShip’s flagship charitable delivery vehicle, Help on Wheels, runs on bio diesel.
Most importantly, uShip offsets all emissions created by its internal operations by investing in Terrapass ecological growth programs. This includes all emissions from the following sources:
• Onsite –use of buildings, including electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil
• Servers –energy use of our data centers
• Travel – employee business travel (flights and rail)
• Commute – impact of employees commuting to/from work, whether by car or public transport.
We’re honored to be recognized for the second straight year as one of the greenest of them all in Austin.