Meaden & Moore cares deeply about the environment and our responsibility to the community. Our firm takes seriously our commitment to social responsibility and our responsibility to the communities we serve and our employees live in. Meaden & Moore's green policies aim to reduce our impact on the environment and promote awareness within our firm and our communities of the importance of preserving our natural resources. Our green policies are also consistent with our goals of firm and professional excellence. These policies include a reduction in our consumption of paper and consequently a reduction in related byproducts, an emphasis on recycling and a commitment to energy conservation.
During the past few years, we have adapted to an electronic work environment where a significant portion of our professional work is conducted electronically, significantly reducing our use of paper and the need to print or copy. We have also moved to a greater use of recycled paper and paper products.
All of Meaden & Moore's paper products are shredded and recycled. Every office has recycling bins for glass, plastic and paper products. And we have implemented the corporate wide use of recycled or environmentally friendly products.
Meaden & Moore has created a travel responsible program, where we encourage carpooling where possible to engagements. We have made a greater investment in technology infrastructure, which has encouraged Web meetings and increased communications while reducing the need to travel. We have developed transit policies that encourage the use of mass transit when possible. And, as we update and redesign offices, we have moved to energy-efficient office environments, environmentally friendly materials as well as energy-efficient technology.
Over the course of the next year, we will be more frequently communicating the importance of energy conservation and sustainability practices that our staff members can implement and practice in their own daily lives. It is our belief that through awareness and education, everyone can come to realize the importance of preserving our natural environment and resources. This past year, with the significant increase in fuel prices, many people have become more aware of their personal energy use and the need to conserve. Conservation and sustainability are important for the preservation of our natural resources for the benefit of future generations.