Monday, December 14, 2009

Going Green: at the office

My place of employment has started a GREEN initiative to raise awareness & give tips on energy conservation.

Following are a few tips on increasing your environmental effectiveness at work:

Work Space
Set your computer to energy-saving settings & shut down your computer when you leave the office. (...and turn off office lights!)

Annually, Americans throw away enough office and writing paper to build a wall 12 feet high stretching from Los Angeles to New York. When using office printers or photocopiers, print on recycled paper and, whenever possible, print on both sides. Employees should send and store files electronically, avoid printing multiple copies & take notes on their laptops in order to minimize paper use.

Lunch Time
If you bring your lunch to work, bring your food in reusable containers. Invest in reusable plates, cups & utensils to minimize container waste.

Recycle paper, aluminum, glass & plastic in appropriate recycling containers. Locate containers and start a recycling program in your department, if there isn’t one already.

Consider carpooling, public transportation, walking or bicycling to work. If you live far from your office, explore the possibility of telecommuting. If you go out to eat lunch, consider walking instead of driving.

What are some things that YOU do to save energy?

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