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Columbus companies going "green"

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Many families are making the choice to "Go Green" and live more sustainable lives, but now it's time for major companies to make the same changes. With area business booming, and more people commuting than before, employers are encouraging workers to help with the Clean Air Campaign.

The Clean Air Campaign held a lunch and learn session for local businesses to discuss how to reduce pollution and make more "green" decisions.

Wanda Jenkins with the Clean Air Campaign told News Leader 9, "Since we're in a tough economy now, we're here to give employees strategies on going green. Either through tele-working, compressed work weeks, alternative scheduling or the tax benefits for doing so."

Representatives from several local companies were in attendance for the event. Jenkins said, "It's important for companies to be concerned about this since Columbus is faced with air quality issues as well as traffic congestion. It's important for us to talk about these issues of changing driving habits, doing alternative commutes and things of that nature."

Among those companies is Synovus, and they have made big strides in a more "green" direction. The Corporate Procurement Manager with Synovus said, "Our IT division has committed to keeping all computer hardware out of landfills, paper recycling -- we do a lot of that. We're looking at some programs that take cell phones, PDA's and partner with those companies to take those."

By not sending things to the landfill, Kiker says the company ultimately saves money. The company also introduced E-statements for customer, which has saved them $600,000.

"More than anything we realize we have an obligation to the community to do things environmentally sensitive and that's one of the biggest drivers," Kiker added.

On Tuesday Synovus, along with city officials, announced the new CB&T Bank opening on Buena Vista Road will be completely LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) Certified, meaning the environmentally friendly design will help with cooling, lighting and waste costs.

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