Carbon footprint reporting

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Our previous video conferencing vendor offered a carbon footprint report for each meeting and the overall savings over a selected time period.  For each meeting the score was based on the number of meeting participants and their location.  The carbon savings was based on distance from those participating and the meeting host multiplied by some type of travel cost factor.  Any thoughts about providing that kind of information or at least the raw data that we can pull into a spreadsheet and we figure out the carbon savings?
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Hi K McDaid, could you provide more information? I have not heard of this type of feature so the more you can share about it the better :)
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Below is an image from another system and I copy and pasted their explanation about their ROI calculation. Its not exactly scientific but it should be straightforward to apply a some kind of formula like participants within 200 of the host would probably drive at whatever the AAA cost per mileage calculation is and those beyond that point would likely fly and there are cost per day average.  Current rates by city can be found in Corporate Travel Index from the Business Travel News http://www.businesstravelnews.com/uploadedFiles/9_Microsites/Corporate_Travel_Index/Corporate_Travel...

An average could be used for purposes of an ROI calculation. 

Like I said even if RingCentral didn't prepare this calculation for its dashboard it would be great to expose the location detail per video meeting so we can come up with our own calculation but it would be great if this could be provided as part of the dashboard.

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Dashboard from another video conferencing system..

Explanation of Travel cost Saved from their User Manual of this system:

The Dashboard also provides some interesting (albeit self-serving and perhaps a bit hard to defend) tidbits such as the meeting distance saved, the travel cost saved, and the emissions / CO2 saved by avoiding travel. The system uses the participants’ location (based on IP address) to make an educated guess re: which participants would have traveled, how far they would have gone, and how they would get there if VC had not been used. For example ...

- If 3 or more people join from one location, the “savings” calculations will assume that all other participants will travel to the location of those three or more participants.

- The system assumes that people within 6 miles of the other participants would travel by bicycle (no travel cost associated) to the meeting. Similarly, it is assumed that those within 200 miles would travel by car (at a cost of $0.58 / mile) to the meeting.

While the ROI calculations are not 100% perfect (e.g. our network identifies our office as being 30 miles away from our actual location), the automatically generated figures are close enough for the purpose of showing overall travel savings and benefits.

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Thanks for the clarification. Interesting idea!