Corporate boardrooms have never been greener. And when it comes to PGi and the environment, sustainability is part of the business plan.

Premier Global Services, Inc., the Atlanta-based conferencing services company, is working to reduce carbon emissions both in its own offices and among scores of clients worldwide. To do so, it is pushing eco-friendly communications tools and products that reduce paper waste and seek to eliminate wasteful travel in order to “cut costs, improve efficiency and promote profitable sustainability.”

“Our on-demand platform supports hundreds of innovative applications to help your business become a little greener,” the company says.

At the heart of the company’s eco-friendly measures are its “green rooms,” or virtual meetings. Indeed, through PGi’s live Web events and online conferencing, clients can all but eliminate the traditional boardroom. “There is no single cause of climate change,” the company’s Web site says. “But there are many ways to reduce the environmental impact of your daily business communication.”

From an environmental standpoint, PGi says the corporate world has a lot at stake. About 95 percent of a meeting’s carbon emissions come from transportation, according to the journal Science. “Scientific travel pours huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere,” wrote the author of a 2007 Science article. “Some societies are changing the way they run their annual meetings – and a few scientists are proposing even more drastic changes.”

In recent years, PGi has introduced tools and products that seek to “replicate the benefits of a wider variety of face-to-face meetings in a virtual environment,” company leaders wrote in a 2008 annual report. “Our goal is to move beyond just conferencing services and into the much larger market for all meetings and events worldwide,” they said. “We believe the implications for our business are vast.”

In the trenches of corporate environmentalism, PGi digs deep, offering programs spanning e-marketing programs to paperless billing. They also offer a notification and reminder program that alerts clients to payments, appointments, reservation confirmations and more.

But for PGi, a main target is paper waste. Indeed, the Environmental Protection Agency says that more than 50 percent of “junk mail” people receive is thrown out instead of recycled.

PGi offers paperless RSVP services, since paper produce account for 34 percent of municipal waste. Companies can draw up digital meeting packets to cut down on paper waste, as well. “Paper files and manual resends tie up resources, adding to the operating and environmental costs of daily business,” the company says.

The company’s “digital fax” product, Fax2Mail, lets clients send digital versions of paper faxes in order to save money, save paper, save water and save energy. Frequent paper jams contribute to toxic greenhouse gases, the company says.

Even keeping a fax machine in paper takes a toll. It takes 12 ounces of water to mill one piece of officer paper. According to PGi, the average office worker wastes 1,410 pages – or 132 gallons of water – each year. Lastly, when it comes to energy, paperless faxing is a major energy saver, the company points out.

In Europe, PGi has turned a critical eye on itself. In Frankfurt and Munich, local offices are taking a “green” approach, including reducing office paper consumption. In those two cities, free online billing is available to customers. They are also partnering with Greenmiles Gmbh to offset emissions.

“Premiere Global is committed to delivering innovative communication technologies to our customers,” the company says. “We also believe in being a responsible corporate citizen in the worldwide community.”

PGi and the environment
When it comes to PGi and the environment, sustainability is part of the business plan.