Mother Nature hasn’t been too kind to us these past few months (70 and sunny one day and snowing the next? Really?!?), but the date dedicated to awareness of and appreciation for the earth’s environment is quickly approaching…Earth Day! Since we spend the majority of our days at or commuting to work, let’s take a look at a few simple ways in which we can show that we care for our home, planet earth, and go green in the office.
Go Digital Reduce the amount of printing in the office by keeping agendas and other materials in digital format. Utilize email, DropBox, and Google Docs. Viewing documents on your computer screen and/or tablet can significantly decrease paper waste!
Paper and Printing While eliminating all printing in the office isn’t realistic, a few changes in your office’s printing habits can make a big difference. This can include printing on both sides of the paper and reducing your margins and font size to maximize the area of space used for printing. Also, be sure to reuse and recycle any old and unwanted papers.
Lunch Lunchtime can end up producing a lot of unnecessary waste. Rather than using disposable paper products, such as plates and cups, pack your lunch in a reusable food container and drink from a reusable water bottle. You can also bring in a mug for your frequent coffee breaks!
Turn off the lights! Whenever and wherever possible in the office, keep the lights off! Try to utilize natural light and remember to always turn lights off in rooms that are not in use.
Commute Rather than contributing to air pollution by driving your car to work daily, consider other options if they are available. Try taking the bus or train, carpool with a co-worker, or, if you are close enough, walk or bike to the office! Talk to your supervisor about whether telecommuting is an option, even if it is for just a few days each month. Doing any of these can help improve air quality!
Remember that even though Earth Day is April 22, environmental awareness lasts all year! Share some ways in which you can go green!