MyDeejay is committed to developing and maintaining sustainable and environmentally responsible operations. This commitment to environmental responsibility is intended both to educate couples and wedding vendors about environmental issues and to minimize, to the extent possible, our company’s impact on the environment.
We Offset Our Electricity Use with 100% Certified Renewable Energy Certificates
We purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from NativeEnergy to offset all of the electricity used in our office and by our equipment at each individual wedding we perform for (35,800 kWh in 2007).
If you are interested in learning more about RECs, or if you’re interested in offsetting the carbon footprint of your wedding, household, or business, they are an excellent source of information and renewable energy products.
We Offset the Environmental Impact of Our Travel with 100% Wind RECs
We also purchase 100% Wind RECs to offset the carbon impact of our travel to and from client meetings and weddings (41 tons in 2007). And, since we travel to meet our clients either at or near their homes, virtually all of the carbon emissions involved in conducting business with MyDeejay are negated.
These RECs offset the carbon footprint of our entire operation, making MyDeejay the first 100% carbon-neutral wedding entertainment company in the United States.
We Are the First Certified Green Wedding Vendor in the Nation
Our purchase of certified RECs also made MyDeejay eligible for independent certification through Green-e, and we are proud to be the very first Green-e certified wedding vendor in America. Green-e is the nation’s leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions in the retail market.
If you are interested in learning more about renewable energy, Green-e’s website is a great place to begin.
We Are Committed to Environmental and Social Responsiblity
As a member of Co-Op America’s Green Business Network, we are firmly committed to operating our business responsibly and fairly. CABN is the oldest, largest, and most diverse network of socially and environmentally responsible businesses in the United States. Members go through a stringent screening process to determine their commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices, and we are proud to have been accepted as a member.
The CABN website and Co-Op America’s National Green Pages are excellent for finding responsible businesses in practically every industry.
We Are Committed to Using Recycled Materials and Reducing Waste
All of our paper marketing materials are printed on minimum 30% post-consumer recycled paper products. Our postcards and business cards are printed on 100% recycled, chlorine-free card stock using environmentally safe soy-based inks.
The contents of our information packet (and any other piece of paper we print) are printed on 100% recycled paper.
We maintain a “paperless office” and scan, shred, and recycle all incoming mail and paperwork to our office. We never snail-mail anything to our clients, save for a refund check upon cancellation.
We use eFax instead of a standard fax machine, so no paper is used when we receive a fax (except in the case of the contract, which must be printed and signed).
All of our performers use computerized DJ systems and not CDs, which generate more plastic waste at the end of their life cycle and require dangerous chemicals and petroleum to produce.
How can I “Go Green?”
For couples interested in hosting a green wedding, read our article entitled “Planning a Green Wedding.”
For wedding vendors, please see “How Wedding-Related Businesses Can Go Green.”