Buy green products for cleaning around your company.
Use less paper.
Recycle paper products including newspapers, magazines, printer paper and grocery or other bags.
Telecommute from home one or two days a month.
Recycle old computers and peripherals.
Check with the building landscapers and lawn treatment companies to see if they are or can use green products.
Buy biodegradable office supplies.
If applicable, switch company-owned vehicles to hybrids.
When constructing new buildings, build green.
Buy organic food or raw materials to use in manufacturing other products.
Provide recycling bins for soda and drink containers.
Use energy-efficient light bulbs, and purchase equipment and supplies that conserve power.
Use the back side of old printed materials for notes and scratch paper.
Use double-sided printing for reports, and use a digital infrastructure that allows documents to be transferred digitally to reduce printing costs.
Eliminate unnecessary photocopying and reuse packaging for shipping.
Improve insulation and install timers to turn lights off automatically.
Provide reserved parking for carpoolers. Offer transit passes to employees who take the bus or subway and bike racks for cyclists.
Let workers telecommute.
Tell suppliers that you're interested in sustainable products and set specific goals for buying recycled, refurbished, or used. Make the environment, and not just price, a factor when purchasing.
Consider the petroleum it takes to ship and receive products. Evaluate the impact of products you buy or sell, and find ways to mitigate that impact.
Inform suppliers and customers about your efforts. And get in touch with local regulatory agencies, many of which offer financial incentives to businesses that clean up their acts.
Call your local utility which most likely offers advice on how to reduce energy use and save money.
Encourage e-mailing. When paper is necessary, photocopy on both sides and use old letterhead for scratch.
Teleconference instead of traveling. For must-go trips, keep track of the miles driven and flown and buy "carbon offsets" from a reliable company or nonprofit to make up for the greenhouse gas emissions.
Many offices have toxic substances, such as used batteries and copier toner, at hand. Talk to suppliers about alternatives to toxics, and make sure you properly dispose of the ones you can't avoid using.
Create a team to lead the company's eco-efforts and determine where you can have the biggest impact for the least amount of money.
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