Greening Your Office

One of the foundational efforts in bringing care for creation into your organization is to provide green technology and green practices into your office area. It is important to be comprehensive about your efforts, rather than think that by eliminating Styrofoam cups, you have thereby greened the office. These include, lighting, water use, food and beverages, recycling and waste, energy for heat and air conditioning, cleaning products, wood and paper products, and more.

 

The following sources offer helpful guidelines for your commitment to live green at work.
 
Comprehensive Checklist for Greening Your Office

One Office Shares Their Wisdom

  • Here is a document from the Santa Clara Council of Churches sharing the steps they took and the practices they adopted to green their office as they prepared to be accredited as a “green office” in their area. Download this document.

 Guidebooks. Here are two excellent books that you will find helpful

  • Greening Your Office From Cupboard to Corporation: an A-Z Guide by Amanda Cuthbert, Jon Clift. An A-to-Z guide for offices of all sizes, from energy use and better supply purchases to recycling and reusing materials, plus summaries of a range of renewable energy options, commuting techniques, and more. These tips help your workplace save money while reducing environmental impacts, and can boost employee morale in the process. Your choices for coffee, computer monitors, furniture, invoices, lighting, paper, stamps, and hundreds of other items can add up to a better world.
  • Green Your Work: Boost Your Bottom Line While Reducing Your Carbon Footprint by Kim Carlson (Earth Smart)
Electronics Recycling

Verizon offers a program providing a safe way to dispose of unwanted electronic devices, with an an incentive to receive a gift card with each donation.  The page also includes links to websites for state electronics recycling programs and disposal restrictions in CT, HI, IL, IN, MN, NJ, NC, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA and WI.

 

Note:

Starting with your offices is an important step in greening your whole organization, because it provides an upfront example of what you want to happen throughout the system and shows how serious you are as leaders of the organization in making this happen.

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David Rhoads,
Aug 22, 2011, 8:15 AM