Creating a Greener Workplace

By Kirsten E. Silven - 27 Feb 2011 23:9:0 GMT
Creating a Greener Workplace

Running an energy efficient office needs both the support of the business owners and the employees. There are many ways in which you can cut down on the carbon footprint of both the office and all of the individuals who work there.

Running a successful green program can also help to introduce greener methods into the daily lives of everyone who works for the company. In addition, many consumers are also looking to shop at companies that feel strongly about reducing the damage that their products and production methods cause to the environment. Businesses can find they win the respect of current clientele and gain new customers who appreciate their greener ethics.

The first and easiest way to introduce eco-friendly changes is to make sure that everyone follows a strict recycling program. Employers need to provide a way to make the recycling of items easy and efficient. Bins need to be provided for paper products, plastics, metals, glass and old equipment.

There are also recycling programs in which unused equipment can be used for other purposes. For example, the recycling of printer inks, toners, mobile phones and unused white goods such as printers and PC's, make great donations to charity. Most charities even offer collection services or free postal envelopes, and therefore it costs the company nothing to get involved.

Use only recycled paper in the office, including in the bathrooms. Replace paper towels with washcloths or energy efficient hand dryers that shut off automatically. Remember to encourage employees to turn off lights in rooms that are left empty after they leave.

Encourage employees to find alternative methods of getting to work. There are some very well-known companies in which all of the people cycle to work. This cuts down on emissions and also helps to keep employees healthy and energized.

Use electrical equipment that has been designed to be environmentally friendly. Greener office appliances, such as laptops, desk tops and copiers, are now readily available to buy. These are a great way to cut down on the amount of energy that is needed to run a busy office.

All of these ideas are not only good for the environment, but they will also help to reduce the costs involved in running a busy office. For even more ideas, consult with your local recycling center and government offices.