In his presentation to members of the Alteryx community, Güller also praised the unique value that technology companies can provide in addressing climate change.
“The start-up mentality and entrepreneurial spirit that we see in the tech world is the same kind of mentality that we need to apply” toward solutions to global warming, he said. “If we get this right, there’s so many things we can improve for our world.”
Güller recommends five core steps to follow in shrinking our carbon footprints.
Five Steps to Shrinking Your Carbon Footprint
1. Reality Check
Start by identifying the various activities that contribute to your carbon footprint, ranging from factory emissions and electricity usage to air travel and waste disposal. From that baseline assessment, you can start measuring your footprint and setting reduction targets tied to specific actions.
“Technology and data are really important to help you understand where you are at now and how to get where you want to be,” Güller said. “Even if you haven’t figured out all of it yet, that’s OK — in the tech industry, we do A/B testing and get feedback, and then we make some more changes.”
Empower as many people as possible in your organization to not only understand the factors influencing climate change, but also take meaningful actions to reduce impact. Güller said one of the primary design goals behind the Sweep software platform is to deliver intuitive tools for entering data, tracking progress, and sharing results. “With climate change, we need to have all hands on deck,” he said.
“The beauty of technology is that it enables you to distribute tasks more broadly and help people share in the decisions on what actions to take.”
Democratizing the carbon-reduction effort can also spur healthy competition among those involved, Güller added. “People see how they are performing compared with others, and everybody starts pushing to do better.”
3. Hiding Complexity
With a challenge as large and multi-faceted as global climate change, said Güller, giving in to discouragement is a constant risk. Companies and individuals can help sustain their momentum by focusing on what they actually have the power to change and filtering out other peripheral details or responsibilities that belong to someone else.