Environmental consciousness may ebb and flow with time, but it remains no less vital today for our general well-being. And business can play a fundamental role by considering green alternatives and implementing eco solutions. Here are a few tips on how you can transform your office into a more sustainable workspace.
1. Plan to Go Green
The first thing you will need to do is to create a plan and put someone in charge that will supervise the results. As with any other project, you will need to have regular meetings to assess the impact (or not) of the changes made to see whether the environmental footprint being left by your office is improving or not.
2. Carpool and Teleconference
Organize a carpool service and use teleconferencing services where applicable. Not only will this lessen pollution, but has the great potential of increasing efficiency and employee contentment.
3. Review Office Purchasing
Depending on your business, you may have a great need for paper-bases products. If electronic media cannot be utilized, then consider using recycled paper products instead. Start small then slowly increase the percentage of recycled paper you use in your office in order to absorb the costs, if any.
When considering office supplies, it can be economical to pay more for stationery if they are of better quality and last longer. Over time, the overall costs will go down as well as your use of plastic and other undesirable materials.
4. Using Less Electricity
Consider ways you can decrease your electrical consumption. Implement intelligent lighting and heating controls to save money and energy in your office.
Consider getting rid of inefficient office equipment and replacing them with modern, less energy-consuming alternatives.
5. A More Green Building
Consider contacting the building management where your office is located to involve them in the process of improving ecological sustainability.
No matter how many tips you can get, the best way to go green is by examining your daily tasks and business routine. Making small changes within your business workflow can make significant environmental gains over the long term and also allow you to more easily manage your budget and absorb the changes.