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4 Easy Ways to Make Your Office More Sustainable

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
 

Sustainability is often a key component in a company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. The good news is that making energy efficient and environmentally-friendly changes in your office doesn’t have to be daunting or expensive. Here are four simple changes that your company can make for bottom line results to your business and the environment.

 

Lights

In-office lights can be very energy draining. There are different measures that an office space can take to mitigate the amount of energy usage from lights. One example is to install more sustainable light bulbs. Another is to add motion sensitive lights, so they will automatically turn off when the room is not being used. Lastly, you can attach a simple note near light switches to remind people to turn off the lights when leaving a room. For more energy saving tips your employees could apply at home or at work, visit OUC.

 

Indoor plants

Indoor plants can boost an employee’s attitude as well as purify the air around them. Many do not even need natural sunlight. Click here for a list of low-maintenance plants ideal for the office.

 

Recycling

Another simple step is to assess how your office currently recycles. If you determine there is more you could be doing, there are a variety of helpful ways to encourage employees to recycle more. One example is to educate them at an office meeting. Doing this does not take long and will give them a gentle reminder of ways they can help minimize the waste that normally goes into landfills. The city of Orlando is working to reduce its waste as well as implementing more practices to make the city healthier. Read more on their Green Works Projects here.

 

Bring your own containers

Every office is likely to have a water cooler (or fresh water) and a coffee machine. One of the easiest environmentally-conscious changes to make is to encourage employees to bring their own water bottle and/or coffee cup to the office. This simple adjustment can save a lot of waste from disposable water bottles or cups that end up in landfills.

 

These are just a few examples of how businesses can have a more environmentally-conscious workplace. Feel free to share any other examples of small changes your business has made to reduce environmental impacts at work. Every action has an impact.

Tags:  office space  social responsibility  strategic planning  sustainability  work place 

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