A Partner in Sustainability

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Sustainability is an important part of any business. In the IT industry, companies are shifting to a more sustainable model, especially as technology is becoming more and more important in our lives. There is an increasing demand for organizations to prepare and deliver a more sustainable future emphasizing social responsibility, accountability, and transparency. We can be your partner in sustainability.

Here at Varsity, we’re committed to integrating sustainable practices into our organization and in the work we perform for our clients. Sustainability is one of our key values — it’s at the forefront of all we do. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why we’ve scored in the top 10% of all B-Corp for overall social and environmental impact. We’re also proud to be a California Green Certified Business with a LEED Certified office building! If you’re interested in learning more about how we’re prioritizing sustainability, continue reading.

Carbon Neutral Cloud Hosting

Utilizing the cloud is a great way to move to greener IT practices. According to Accenture, migrations to the public cloud can reduce global CO2 emissions by 59 million tons per year. This is equivalent to removing 22 million cars from the road! Technology Magazine predicts that because of this shift, “2022 will see companies innovating and collaborating across sectors to leverage environmentally-friendly cloud services in new and groundbreaking ways.”

Varsity’s OneCloud hosting service is already paving the way. It is 100% carbon neutral, which refers to the achievement of net-zero carbon emissions. Varsity’s OneCloud is a private cloud-hosting service with a holistic approach. We can help manage, support, and scale-up your legacy applications or manage an already established service with Azure, AWS, or elsewhere. We will always work to provide the best offering at the lowest cost possible, even when compared with Enterprise services like Azure and AWS.

Sustainable Buildings, Hardware, & More

Ensuring sustainable buildings and hardware is important for any business, but especially IT. Our office building in San Francesco is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified building, which means our building is a healthy, efficient, and cost saving “green” building.

Additionally, all our IT hardware is Energy Star Certified at EPEAT Silver or higher. EPEAT registered products “must meet environmental performance criteria that address materials selection, supply chain greenhouse gas emissions reduction, design for circularity and product longevity, energy conservation, end-of-life management and corporate performance.” We are rated a silver and above for meeting all the required certification criteria, as well as at least 50% of the optional criteria. Lastly, we are proud to have a fleet of 100% PZEV/Eco Hybrid fleet vehicles on site.

Certified E-Waste Recycling

Did you know that electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest growing waste stream on the planet? It’s sad, but true! E-waste consists of everyday electronic equipment, such as mobile phones, cameras, televisions, and more. Statista reports that global e-waste was valued at 49.88 billion U.S. dollars in 2020, but it’s forecasted the market will reach a value of more than 140 billion U.S. dollars by 2028. Without a doubt, e-waste is a huge market, but it’s important to be responsible. If electronics are not disposed of properly, they can damage the environment.

At Varsity, we dispose of our e-waste in a certified e-waste recycling facility to ensure toxic chemicals, metals, and plastics do not end up in a landfill. According to the EPA, certified e-waste recycling facilities “maximize reusing and recycling, minimize exposure to human health and the environment, ensure safe management of materials by downstream handlers, and require destruction of all data on used electronics.” This process ensures safety for all!

Learn More About Varsity’s Commitment  

Without a doubt, we are an IT services company who is proud to be a partner in sustainability. We are passionate building a better world together with our clients and the communities they serve. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you build and maintain truly sustainable technology systems, reach out to us. We look forward to working with you!