You eat organic and sustainable at home, but now you want to bring it into the office. Here are areas to help you get your office started on a greener future!
energy and water
- Lighting: Turn off the lights. Switch bulb types (LED are more efficient and last longer!). Utilize occupancy sensors. Open a window for natural light.
- Computer: Turn off power strips that aren't being used. Adjust your low power mode settings. Turn off your computer at the end of the day!
- Temperature: Maintain consistent temperature throughout the day. Turn DOWN the thermostat at the end of the day.
- Water: Stop water waste by checking the faucets. Alert facilities of any leaky faucets.
Compost and Recycle
- Make recycling easy for your coworkers by placing recycling bins next to trash bins.
- Set up compost bins (We use Black Earth Compost!).
- Encourage the use of public transportation, bikes, car pooling, ride sharing, and walking routes to commute to work. Companies and employees can save on T passes with MBTA's PERQ program.
- Consider replacing business travel with video conferencing.
- If using a car for work (commute or business trips), use a fuel-efficient, or electric car.
Your coworkers want a greener office too, but getting started can be intimidating. Be the green-advocate in your office! Offices can also become certified green: Harvard, Tufts, or get your building LEED certified.