We all know that video conferencing is great for your wallet. It saves money by cutting down on travel expenses and gives you back time you might have otherwise spent in transit, making you more productive. But did you know that video conferencing is also great for the environment?
First, all that travel released carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, a greenhouse gas that many scientists believe is responsible for global warming. Cutting down on travel reduces greenhouse gas emissions enormously. Whether its a plane trip to London or just a car ride into the office, cutting back on any amount of carbon emission is good news for the environment.
Second, video conferencing can be used to converse with experts who maybe be located very far away without sacrificing the intimacy of a face-to-face discussion. Often, a little bit of a conversation can get lost over the phone when faces and gestures can't be seen, but video conferencing makes it possible to preserve the authenticity of an in-person discussion without the hassle and negative environmental impact of travel.
In addition, video conferencing and online file sharing together can eliminate a lot of the need for printed documents - even when you want to share documents with somebody who is thousands of miles away. Now, a simple click of a button can send a digital copy - saving paper and saving trees.