Just because Earth Day and Keep America Beautiful Month happen to be in April, doesn’t mean your business can’t be “green” year-round. Here are a few tips to help the environment from your office.
Storing files digitally
Keep files and records on computers or cloud-based storage options to help reduce the amount of paper used in your office. If going the cloud-based route, then be sure to back up files elsewhere, like a flash drive or desktop (just in case). Doing so not only helps reduce the amount clunky filing cabinets, but also allows for easy, company-wide distribution and 24/7 access to documents when you’re traveling for business.
Cutting back on trash
If eliminating paper in your office is not an option, make sure to purchase recycled paper products. When printing, choose double-sided printing as an option to save even more paper.
Also, make it a point to invest in compact-fluorescent or LED light bulbs, refillable ink cartridges, and refillable coffee mugs and water bottles for the office. Added benefit: think of how much you can save on overhead costs while you reduce trash.
Changing up your commute
Let’s face it. No one likes being stuck in traffic. For some, commuting can be the worst part of any work day. According to the US Census Bureau, the average American commute is 25.4 minutes. (Find your average here.)
Reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions during your work week by switching up the way you commute. Try encouraging an office carpool, public transportation, biking or even telecommuting a few times if your office allows for it.
Being energy efficient
If you think you’re already doing your part of saving energy just by remembering to turn off the lights when you leave a room, think again. There are so many other things you can be doing as well. Take it from the US Small Business Administration. They suggest getting a tune up on your office’s HVAC system, caulking and weather stripping any leaks, turning off machines that are not being used, using laptops instead of desktop computers and investing in ENERGY STAR office products, just to name a few.
Become a green expert in your field. Find out about different green certifications that are available nationally and in your state, and get the appropriate accreditations. Spread the word and grow the green.
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