Green Practices

The tools you need to achieve the most environmentally-friendly office.

Meridian has a strong initiative to produce less waste, consume less energy, and make responsible decisions regarding the environment - both internally and externally. As a company we work diligently to find new ways to continually advance our green initiatives. Many of the companies that partner with us also have similar initiatives to do their part in saving the environment.

WORKING GREEN IN OUR OFFICE

Internally, we recycle our own cartridges, as well as paper, bottles and cans. We have small measures that add up too – such as washable dishes (instead of disposable plates, cups and utensils), hand dryers (versus paper towels), and electronic invoicing (reducing paper and fuel costs associated with print and mail). Visit our office and see plants placed throughout the space. It’s not just aesthetically pleasing; studies show plants are not only a stress reducer for employees, they also improve air quality.

GREEN FOR OUR CUSTOMERS

We offer a programs to our customers offering pre-addressed labels to return empty cartridges to recycling destinations; an easy and convenient method for our customers. In a broader sense, we help our customers transition from a paper-dependent and possibly wasteful culture, into an efficient work environment. Our solutions help customers cut down on excessive paper use and unnecessary energy consumption. We’re proud to say we’ve tested and applied these concepts to our office.

Here are some of the benefits that we offer that can help your company “Go Green!"

CONCEPTS IN A GREEN OFFICE

Meridian has the tools needed to achieve the most environmentally-friendly office. Let us show you how to get there!

Printer & Copiers

We have several applications that evaluate the performance of your copier and printer fleet to eliminate inefficiencies and reduce energy. Reporting options show immediate savings and projected trends over a period of time. The office products we select to sell include many features aligned with your office's green initiatives. Some include:

  • Locked Printing. This technology allows for storing, releasing and managing confidential document output and provides document security in a shared printing environment. This system accounts for all activity from end users, preventing excessive printing, while reducing the forgotten/abandoned print jobs.
  • Sleep Mode. Settings on your multifunction device can be set to go into "sleep mode" when not in use. This saves energy and lowers utility costs, but new technology ensures a very short warm up time when resuming activity.
  • Duplex Printing. This allows automatic prints of a sheet of paper on both sides. This feature saves paper and reduces waste in the office.
  • Sample Copy. Before making large quantities of copies; print a sample copy to guarantee the copy. This will help reduce the amount of wasted paper from large copy jobs with incorrect data or formatting.

Scanning, Storage Solutions, Document Management

Our scanning and electronic storage solutions lessen the environmental impact of traditional paper consumption, while reducing the costs of manual retrieval and physical storage of paper documents. These document management systems automate your workflow and come in many different packages. Examples include:

  • Electronic Document Conversion. Scanning documents and utilizing document management software will not only “green” your office, but will free up valuable space, save time, and money.
  • Fax Forward to Email. Change the default settings on your multifunction devices to automatically route incoming faxes directly to your email. This eliminates the amount of wasted paper from printing “junk” faxes, but also reaches you more quickly with your desktop or PDA as the destination.
  • Scan-to-Email/Scan-to-File. Programming these available functions on your multifunctional devices may include features such as OCR conversion and text recognition. 
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Meridian in the Community: Cornerstones After School Snack Packs Program 2018

Today, Meridian's Community Outreach Committee gathered together with other employee volunteers to contribute to the Cornerstones After School Snack Pack program — assembling 118 snack bags for donation, which the Meridian delivery team will drop off next week.

The After School Snack Pack program entails preparing after-school snack bags for children served by Cornerstones programs

The Reston, VA based non-profit has been a Meridian Community Outreach partner for a number of years and primarily works in local apartment communities to connect residents to local services and often has children drop in after school for programs and help with their homework.

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The Benefits of In-House Production Printing vs Outsourced Printing

Modern print technology has made it possible to produce large volumes of high-quality printed material right in the office. Depending on the size of your office, and your organization’s needs, print solutions are available in-house that in the past were only found at professional print facilities. In fact, print technology is so good now, particularly the multifunction printer (MFP), that many commercial print shops use the same machines found in many offices.

So, aside from the availability of professional equipment, why are many businesses now considering bringing production printing capabilities in-house?

Read on to learn more about the factors involved when considering in-house production printing vs. outsourced commercial printing, including:

  • Cost savings
  • Security
  • Control
  • Convenience and timing
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Construction and Property Management: Technology trends to watch


These are the major changes and technology transformations that are influencing the construction and property management industry.

The construction and property management industry has been experiencing strong growth and expansion, with additional growth anticipated in the coming years — and with growth comes transformation.

There are a handful of technology trends influencing the construction and property management sector that are important for organizations in these fields to be aware of.

By gaining an understanding of the shifts that are taking place, they will be better positioned to recognize which organizational adjustments and operational strategy changes they need to make to prepare for the future and gain a competitive advantage.

In this post, I'll expand on a few notable trends I've noticed or been asked about in my dealings with clients in this field, including:

  1. Increased emphasis on collaboration
  2. Internet of Things (IoT)
  3. Virtual and augmented realities (AR and VR)
  4. Telepresence and automated receptionist systems
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