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Greening Your Office: Cut Costs & Reduce Impact

The following article has been adapted for the web from Greening Your Office: From Cupboard to Corporation: an A-Z Guide by Jon Clift [1] and Amanda Cuthbert [2]. We spend a large amount of our time in the office, where we use considerable amounts of energy and resources. “Greening the office” will therefore have significant benefits, both environmentally and financially. As many other businesses have experienced, small changes to your office practices and procurements—mostly costing nothing—will reduce the company’s expenditure and improve your sales. By being proactive, you stay ahead of impending government legislation, as climate change and mandatory reductions in carbon emissions are being debated. It makes compelling, realistic business sense to green up the office, and helps in our battle with climate change. There are many arguments for going green in the office: Getting people on board Staff are key to the whole process of greening the office. They are an incredible resource, and if asked, will come up with numerous thoughts and suggestions to minimize waste and reduce energy costs. From the very beginning they need to be part of the process, involved and informed. It is obviously crucial that senior management are also committed to the process — that they “walk the talk” and lead the way. Motivate staff and colleagues If your organization is spread across several sites, you can start small in one of them and spread the plan to the others. Depending on the size of the organization and whether all staff work in one place, there are a number of ways to get the ball rolling: Create an “Environmental Taskforce” Ask for volunteers to set up an “Environmental Taskforce” to involve staff, collate suggestions, and implement realistic ideas. If your organization is large, you will need a coordinator and individuals in each section. If you have a smaller office this could be done by one person. The environmental taskforce will: Every individual act makes a difference. Whether you work from home or are part of a global corporation, your actions big and small will contribute to the fight against climate change. Here are three suggestions to get the “greening” going: Reduce use of Air Conditioning
Running an air-conditioning unit adds on average about 50% to your annual electricity bill.
Reduce Kitchenette Waste Reduce the Impact of your Mail Good luck! Have fun. Let us know in the comments if you have any ideas for ‘greening’ your workplace.