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TIPS ON EASY AND QUICK WAYS TO GREEN YOUR OFFICE

REMEMBER: GOING GREEN IS MORE THAN JUST A MARKETING SOLUTION, IT’S THE NEW WAY OF DOING THINGS

a5bb51c7288bc1d456e1d7aaf6f05e18.jpgSometimes the greatest teachers are the ones that frame their material in the simplest, most accessible way. This is precisely what this posting from today’s GREEN OPTIONS does.

Living by green standards and principles will only successfully impact the future of planet earth if we all get on board. The time for action is upon us.

Do your part. Consider sharing this posting with as many friends and collegues as possible. Post it at work. Discuss the points outlined here at the next staff meeting. There is nothing on this list that is cost prohibitive or that would be that difficult to put in place. The planet and all of the rest of us will thank your for your actions.

-LIB

LIGHTER FOOTSTEP: 12 WAYS TO GREEN YOUR 21ST CENTURY BUSINESS

By Chris Baskind

Share the ride
Organizing an office carpool can be as easy as posting a notice on your lunchroom bulletin board. While the immediate personal benefits are obvious — reducing employee impact on traffic while preserving our finite energy resources — it’s a great team-builder, too. Look for opportunities to place notices on company intranets and newsletters, and consider incentives for groups which manage to organize and sustain meaningful ride-sharing.

Shut down electronics at night
Every night, computers display screensavers to millions of perfectly empty cubicles. While it’s convenient to be checking email within moments of picking up your morning coffee, a computer works approximately as hard to produce a screensaver as a spreadsheet or any other routine task. That means many office computers waste twice as much power idling as they do actually working. Take a moment to shut down at the end of the day. Modern desktops boot fairly quickly, and you’ll save thousands of watts per year.

Get paperless
Moving to digital documents — through creation or by scanning paper documents into a database — is usually mentioned as a means to save trees and paper. This is true. But the biggest payoff, from a business standpoint, is in data recall. Most modern desktop operating systems now feature robust search functions which drill deep into a document text’s and its particulars, such as who originated it and when. Paperless offices can save storage space and thousands of man hours each year, just by getting their data off paper and onto networks where people can access the information. It’s win-win: save forests and precious time with digital documents.

Recycle the paper you must use
Whether you’re disposing of scanned documents or just juggling the little scraps of paper than tend to multiply like bunnies around the office, recycling is a no-brainer. Not only is it kinder to the environment, recyclable paper may actually be a salable commodity for larger offices and businesses. Set up convenient recycling hoppers around your workplace, along with smaller bins for each desk and cubicle. There’s no reason the zero waste can’t mean the office, too.

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