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Computers are the backbone of our office work. A few simple tips can greatly minimize your energy use here: turn off the computer and the powerstrip when you leave for the day, set your computer to sleep during breaks (screen savers DO NOT save energy), seek energy-saving computers, monitors, and printers, and don't forget to properly recycle your old computers!
Get recycling programs started for the basics - paper, glass, aluminum. I'm amazed at how many offices and office parks do not have standard recycling (my own included). Local legislators are starting to push to make office recycling law, but you can help now! If your office doesn't have blue recycling bins, request them from management. Offer to get them yourself and encourage officemates to pressure management and take their recycling home if need be.
So much of our carbon footprint it is caused by work commuting. Live near your work, carpool, take public transportation, bike, walk, or use an automobile with high mpg and low emmissions.In today's digital world, there are many jobs that can easily be done from home. This eliminates the commute entirely!
From furniture to pens, paper to folders, printers to shipping, appliances to kitchen & clean supplies, there are so many supplies and purchases made by our businesses that rarely take our environment (or our health) into play. The funny thing is that once many people become aware of green office supplies, they find they are just as good and just as cheap. Here is a websit that has a ton of Green Office Supplies to buy.
According to the Energy Information Administration, 44% of energy usage in office buildings is from artificial lighting. of Be a hero and suggest energy/cost saving techniques like: installing motion sensors, using more efficient lights (CFL's) and light fixtures (flourescent & LED's), as well as habit changes like simply turning off lights when rooms are not in use. Use natural light whenever possible.
Bring lunch to work is probably the best way to go green, but we know we can't get everyone to do this. Here are some other tips: Use metal utensils, real mugs, etc., instead of paper/plastic throwaways. If you order carryout, try to place a larger order from one place - tell the restaurant you have your own silverware, etc.
Always use nontoxic cleaning products. The use of indoor plants absorbs indoor pollution by taking in CO2 and releasing O2 - it also creates a more appealing visual environment. Make it a policy to purchase office furniture, carpeting, and paint that are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and won't off-gas toxic chemicals into the air.