The Sustainable Workplace: Five Tips to Go Green
Sustainability isn’t really a new idea. The first Earth Day was in 1970, and people have been discussing the benefits of sustainability ever since. Talking about going green is easy, but moving your workplace in that direction can be a challenge. Even when you’ve made a commitment to achieving a level of sustainability, the path to your goal may not be plain. Here are a few tips to help you create a green roadmap for your workplace.
- Analyze – Some buyers (government agencies, for example) have certain sustainability requirements for their vendors. Look at your customers’ green initiatives to see how your own sustainability efforts can dovetail with theirs.
- Communicate – A staff “town hall” meeting is a great way to learn what sustainability issues employees care about, and what solutions they may have already considered. It makes it easier for them to buy in to the plan, too. And make sure to publicize your green initiatives to customers and prospects, too.
- Provide Tools – Incorporate sustainability tools in your office routines, from paper-recycling bins to sustainably-sourced break room coffee. If you establish policies that encourage alternative commuting like bicycle commuting, make sure to add bicycle storage.
- Be Accountable – Lead by example. Power down your computer when you leave the office, use a ceramic cup instead of a plastic or paper cup, and lunch locally instead of driving across town. Your staff will emulate your green behaviors.
- Add Sustainable Design – If you’re investing in new office furnishings, examine the manufacturer’s sustainability initiatives. Furnishings from manufacturers like Swiftspace boost your green quotient while delivering style and functionality. Encourage employees to make use of the outdoor environment too, with responsibly-made outdoor furnishings.
As you follow your green roadmap, be on the lookout for new opportunities to improve your company’s sustainability. And talk to experts with experience in helping other businesses achieve sustainability; they’ll point you in the right direction.
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