Shrinking a company’s carbon footprint involves altering its behavior to reduce its negative impact on the environment. That could mean cutting emissions or using renewable energy.
A company’s handprint involves activity that actually improves the environment.
In his new role as sustainability and handprinting coordinator, Tselepis, a Montville native, will be trying to simultaneously reduce Humanscale Corporation’s carbon footprint and grow its positive environmental handprint.
Handprinting looks at a company doing something positive for the environment, and perhaps influencing others to follow suit.
Take water use as an example. A company that needs to use water in its manufacturing process could reduce its footprint by tweaking manufacturing operations to use less water. It could also end up with a larger handprint if it takes action to make more water available than it consumes by catching rainwater.