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FIVE TIPS FOR A GREENER OFFICE

Posted by joyinhome on December 18, 2008

  1. recycle-arrows-green-animeInstall an office water purification system. You eliminate DEHA contamination from plastic bottles; recycling the enormous amount of plastic used in water bottles; reducing the carbon emissions expended in the production and transportation of bottles; and providing an example for your employees to do the same at home.
  2. Talk with your fellow tenants and building/shopping center manager regarding a recycled trash bin. If you have only paper and plastic trash—which is usually the case unless you are in the food business—you may be able to replace the garbage dumpster for the offices. This will ensure that your paper/plastic will be recycled and not taken to a landfill.
  3. Use natural light to cut costs and make your offices more attractive. Be sure that valuable energy is not lost combating outside temperatures. Whether you are keeping the Florida sun out or keeping your heat in, the right window coverings and their adjustment during the day will lead to considerable energy savings.  Install light sensors with automatic turnoffs for places like bathrooms, storage rooms, and kitchens.
  4. Evaluate the electrical efficiency of your refrigerator, ice machines, microwaves, dishwashers.  Check http://www.energystar.gov for the ratings on the best appliances. 
  5. Use eco-friendly paints with low VOC’s, eco-friendly cleaners and the absence of artificial fragrances (candles, air sprays, potpourri) to improve the air quality of your office and the mood and efficiency of your employees. 

Whenever you make green changes, let your clients and employees know by word of mouth or a sign in the office.  Raising awareness and being a leader makes a huge difference. Want more?

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3 Responses to “FIVE TIPS FOR A GREENER OFFICE”

  1. jenp said

    What is your carbon footprint? Visit http://www.carbonfootprint.com/. Many companies are making carbon footprints their attempt at Corporate Social Responsibility. But, does this qualify? Does reducing your carbon footprint really help the environment?

  2. offices should also stop relying on paper and plastic products and use real flatware. or at least use products that are made from corn and are biodegradable, sustainable and compostable.

  3. See the accompanying article in the Fall 2008 issue of Business Woman. If you have any questions or comments on the five steps above or have any suggestions/success stories for business offices, please email me at ppersante@greenworkspartnership.com Happy New Year!

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