Corporate environmental footprints are top-of-mind for socially minded executives all over the world. And with offices being a top consumer of energy, businesses and eco-minded employees are constantly trying to reduce their carbon footprints. In partnership with world-renowned "Burn Notice" graphic novel artist, Tony Shasteen, green meetings company PGi shares 12 simple ways you can green your office for eco-friendly business practices.
Some important facts to share:
1. 72% of total U.S. energy consumption is used by buildings.
2. Paper manufacturers omit the 4th highest CO².
3. Roughly 50 billion plastic water bottles end up in U.S. landfills each year — 140 million bottles every day.
4. A 13-watt halogen bulb produces the same light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb, but will save $30 in its lifetime.
5. Indoor plants can remove up to 87% of the toxins in the air.
In text form, here are 12 great things to share with your office mates and implement in your business environment today:
1. Ditch the screensaver on your computer — it's an energy vampire.
2. Turn off all kitchen and/or breakroom appliances at the end of the day.
3. Quit printing paper and store files digitally in the cloud. It's better for the environment and better for your personal organization and collaboration.
4. Add a plant to your desk for greener and cleaner air.
5. Use non-toxic green cleaning products and services.
6. Upgrade older windows to double-pane low-energy units.
7. Install solar panels as a full or supplemental energy source.
8. Quit drinking bottled water and install a tap water filtration system.
9. Turn off lights when not in use. You can either set a reminder or automate it completely using new technology platforms.
10. Use energy-efficient light bulbs.
11. Install motion sensors in seldom-used rooms to automate cooling/heating, technology and lighting.
12. The ultimate green office is one you don't drive to — telework using web meeting and video conferencing tools to save gas, time, money and our planet.
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