The Green Side of Rosetta Stone

img 10171We provide our customers with tools to learn new languages and expand their world, allowing them to step out of their familiar environments and immerse themselves in other cultures. We recognize the value of diversity in both the biosphere and the ethnosphere. You’ve probably already read here about our Endangered Language Program (ELP), which works with indigenous communities to create language-learning software for use in revitalization of at-risk languages. Groups such as the Iñupiaq in Alaska, Navajo of the American Southwest, and Chitimacha in Louisiana are using Rosetta Stone tools to keep their languages, and their cultures, alive.

Not surprisingly, ecological and cultural destruction go hand in hand. As this article in Seed magazine discusses, there’s more at stake than acres of forests or stockpiles of oil. Not only are species facing extinction, cultures and languages are in peril as well. When a culture’s natural resources and habitat are in danger, its heritage is threatened as well.

Rosetta Stone encourages employees to take initiative to explore new ways to make our company greener—by simple actions like printing on both sides of paper, turning off lights in empty work spaces, bringing plants into the office, and commuting in eco-friendly ways. Here are some other steps we’re taking to reduce our ecological footprint:

  • Multiple recycling stations are available for paper, plastics, glass, aluminum, and cardboard.
  • Paper towels, toilet paper, and copy/print paper are eco-friendly, reducing the number of trees that need to be cut down.
  • Soaps and hand sanitizers in our kitchens and restrooms are non-toxic, so they don’t put harmful pollutants into our waterways.
  • Utensils and dishes are provided in our kitchens for employee use, reducing the use of disposable products made from plastic and Styrofoam.
  • Employees volunteer in our communities to clean up nearby waterways and other locations.

Our mission to teach and preserve language grows, in part, from our recognition that ethnological diversity is crucial to a vibrant, healthy planet—as well as to the sustainability of individuals and unique human communities. A diverse environment of languages and cultures will thrive if its surrounding ecosystem is healthy. Ecological and ethnological diversity are entwined.

bikesEvery eco-friendly action has an impact on our world, whether on the large or small scale, through new technologies or simple efforts by individuals. We’d love to hear suggestions from you on how Rosetta Stone can be a greener company.

Justin Van Kleeck

Justin has a background in English literature, writing, and editing. After receiving his PhD in English from the University of Virginia in 2006, Justin worked as a freelance writer, teacher, and tutor before coming to Rosetta Stone in 2008. He works as the Leveled Content Lead, focusing on Stories, and is part of the Editorial Team. His interests include animals, the environment and conservation, and getting outdoors.
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