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Is Your Business Green?

Bring the green movement to your business or workplace and help educate your employer about eco-friendly changes that can make a difference.  By following these simple tips, you can help protect the environment.  Every little bit helps!

  • Encourage your employer to promote water conservation in the workplace.
  • Instead of using cardboard or styrofoam cups, use a ceramic coffee mug. Ask take-out coffee shops to serve your favorite brew in your own favorite mug.
  • There is no reason why a cartridge cannot be reused up to four times. You will cut waste and save up to 90 percent on the cost of a new cartridge.
  • To cut down on paper, use both sides. Set the printer of photocopier defaults so that you have to choose not to print double-sided. Print out only what is necessary, and proofread documents carefully on your computer screen to avoid having to print multiple copies. Save single-sided scrap paper for taking notes or for use in the photocopier or fax machine. Keep a paper-recycling bin under your desk and in communal printing areas, and encourage your colleagues to recycle.
  • Leaving lights on after all the workers have left, combined with all the computers left on standby, can double a company’s energy bill. U.S. commercial buildings alone generate 18 percent of the country’s CO2 emissions. Ask your building manager to turn lights off at night or to install movement activated sensors. Take the initiative by placing reminders near light switches in the area where you work.
  • Indoor plants are natural filters, absorbing airborne pollutants and radiation from computers while replenishing oxygen levels. Research has found that indoor plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats, and other cold-related illnesses by up to 30 percent, cutting down on absenteeism.
  • Turn off your computer on nights and weekends. If you are away from your computer for shorter periods, put it in sleep mode or enable your PC’s power management features, which will reduce energy use to about five percent of full operating power.
  • Think before you print or photocopy! Print and copy as little as possible. Edit on screen, not on paper, Use e-mail to minimize paper use.  Change the margins on your Word Documents to 0.75 inches to reduce to amount of paper used.
  • If you have a desk lamp, make sure it uses fluorescent bulbs (instead of incandescent bulbs).
  • Minimize use of screen savers and instead enable power management features.