If you consider yourself to be someone who is conscientious of the environment, you have probably made changes at home to reduce your personal impact on the environment. From avoiding single-use plastic to going solar, there are a lot of things to do. Similar changes can and should be made in the office to further reduce your carbon footprint. Try making a few changes; you may find it’s not that hard to go green at work.
Furnish With Used Furniture and Efficient Computers
When furnishing an office building, there are a number of ways to be conscious of the environmental impact of your workspace. From choosing pre owned cubicles and desks to choosing more efficient electronics, each decision you make has an impact on carbon footprint. When considering decor, consider potted or desk plants, which not only look great, but can help improve indoor air quality too.
Start a Wellness Program
Encouraging your employees to engage in physical activity is beneficial for their health, which in turn can make their work more productive. Incentive programs or wellness challenges can help them choose walking or biking to work over driving, which helps the air quality. Similarly, reducing company travel and allowing employees to work from home can be great ways to reduce vehicle emissions.
Use Digital Communication Methods
Reducing the amount of paper in the office is getting easier as technology advances. Use electronic communication where possible, and store and view files digitally. Not only does this save trees and reduce environmental impact, but it can actually help improve productivity and reduce office clutter.
Making a few small changes at work can really make a difference in reducing environmental impact, especially if everyone pitches in. Consider purchasing used furniture and efficient electronics, encourage telecommuting or walking to work and try to save paper where possible.