How to Make Your Office Environmentally Friendly

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How to Make Your Office Environmentally Friendly

As the looming threat of climate change becomes more apparent, businesses are starting to join homes in becoming environmentally friendly, and that’s going to be necessary to combat climate change effectively. Consumers can’t take on the burden alone. Employers will need to step up as well.

Many of the same tactics that are used in homes can be used in offices as well. Swapping to LED bulbs is a quick and easy way to cut costs and help the environment, for example. However, there are steps you can take that are specific to work. Here are a few examples.

5 Ways You Can Make Your Office Greener

1. Pack a Lunch

By bringing your own lunch, you don’t use your vehicle an extra time each day, and getting your food delivered just puts a different vehicle on the road. If you can walk to get lunch, that’s better, but you will still create plastic and paper waste. Pack your lunch in reusable containers instead.

You’ll even save money. Going out to eat is expensive; going grocery shopping is much more affordable, and producing locally grown fruits and vegetables are vastly better for the environment than producing meat.

To be even more environmentally friendly, start cutting meat out of your diet. Have meatless Mondays at the office if you want to dip your toes in the water.

2. Carpool & Take Public Transit

Cutting down on cars on the road during lunch is a great start, but you can take it a step further by either carpooling or taking public transit. Public transit isn’t always available outside of cities, but if you live in a city, it’s always better to take the subway or the bus.

If public transit isn’t available, try to organize carpooling based on where people live. The more people you can get in one car, the better.

Remote work is becoming more common as well. Working from home keeps vehicles off the road entirely. Try to work from home as much as you can, and if you’re an employer, find ways to make remote work possible for your business.

3. Unplug Electronics

You might unplug your laptop and lights when you leave the office, but what about kitchen appliances like the microwave, toaster oven, and coffee maker? These items use electricity when they’re not being used by you, especially if they have a digital clock or any other lit display.

You can even unplug the printers when you leave. It might be inconvenient, but it will cut costs and reduce your office’s carbon footprint. 


4. Cut Down on Heat & AC Use

Make sure to turn off the heat and A/C when you leave as well. There’s no point in having it on when no one is there.

And when you’re in the office, try not to touch the thermostat. If you’re cold, bring a blanket, and if you’re hot, wear more comfortable clothes. 

Employers can help by making dress codes less restrictive. If workers are allowed to wear shorts, the A/C doesn’t need to be as high, and if they’re allowed to wear a hoodie, the heat won’t need to be as high.

If you want to do this, even more, you can install smart technology for your business. Smart lighting, heating, and cooling can help cut costs and reduce energy consumption. 

It can even increase the value of your building if you own it. Home Appraising Group, home appraisers in Philadelphia, says, “Smart technology is becoming more popular, and it can definitely increase the value of whatever property you’re selling.”

5. Digitize Everything

Make as many of your business processes digital as possible. If you can review, edit, and sign documents without printing them out, you should do so. There are plenty of programs that allow you to do this and more.

Notes can be taken on laptops, and presentations can be done on PowerPoint and Prezi. When it comes time to deliver a proposal, you can do so via a PDF on a tablet instead of printing it out. 

If you use paper for something, there is likely a paperless solution. If you haven’t already, start looking for ways to go paperless.

In General, Cut Down on Waste

All of the suggestions above will cut down on unnecessary waste. There are many more ways you can cut down on waste at home as well, and many of them will transfer to the office.

Composting, buying in bulk, and using reusable grocery bags are all great ways to reduce your personal waste. And carrying a reusable water bottle cuts down on paper and plastic waste at home and at the office.

Set an example for your fellow coworkers, and they might join you. Just try not to be too pushy.

Author: Jennifer Bell

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