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Friday, December 5, 2008
Web Conferencing is Good for the Environment
I attended a web conference today put on by Refined Data and Adobe which highlighted the environmental benefits of web conferencing. Refined Data sells an application that works in the Adobe Connect platform that provides real-time calculations of carbon savings for web conferences.
While I am not using this tool, I have been doing something more crude but effective at the beginning of each web conference for internal audiences. I include a slide that mentions the approximate carbon emissions that were saved by meeting online where no travel or paper is required. It's generally an "a-ha" moment for participants and many will comment in the evaluation form positively about this part of the web conference.
Darlene Christopher is a Learning Officer for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group in Washington DC. She has been designing and delivering virtual training programs for global audiences for over nine years. She is the 2008 winner of IFC’s Climate Change Challenge Award for a Virtual Onboarding training program for new worldwide staff contributing to the reduction of IFC’s carbon footprint. Darlene produces elearning products for synchronous and asynchronous environments and is a skilled facilitator for both live web events and threaded discussion boards. She also has a diverse technology background holding web product management positions in Silicon Valley at Infoseek, Disney Internet Group and 3Com. Darlene holds a Master’s degree in International Management from the Monterey Institutional Studies as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of California, Davis. She also serves on the board for the Metro DC Chapter of ASTD as the Director of Virtual Programs. Disclaimer: the views expressed in this blog are the authors' own and do not necessarily reflect those of the World Bank Group.