What is your company doing to GO GREEN? Besides all the buzzwords your company can encourage individual efforts (recycling, turning off lights, composting, banning Styrofoam, allowing virtual “non commuting” work at home, switch to duplex print AND encourage not printing), tune up its building, or work to help others in the industry follow their lead. Make a Scorecard and find out where you can improve!
Often a consumer friendly change has a great environmental benefit – for example, Wells Fargo now has “envelope-less” deposits AND the ATM adds up your checks. I love this feature, it saves trees and it saves those additional mailings to correct miscalculated deposits. It is easier, user friendly, faster- what a win-win.
Every company can make changes, starting a Green Club is a wonderful way to build team spirit.
Start by asking questions at work, here are some examples:
- Has my company joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program? And look for local initiatives for Green Business, Palo Alto has one.
- Has your building been certified by the Green Building Council for its new construction?
- Is the wood used for the building composed of sustainably grown products? Look at the Forest Stewardship Council for more information.
- What about water and energy use? Is it an efficient building? Is there a requirement for Energy Star appliances?
- And if you can’t find a green product for one of your needs – work with vendors to promote green products or ask for changes. This is happening in all industries, keep asking questions. Promote your “best green picks” with the people that order supplies so that everyone is on the same page.
- Do you Recycle toner cartridges? fill your own, it saves resources, money and it is easy! Really!
- What about your supplies and cleaners? Add green cleaners and spud-ware to your kitchen, label the eco friendly products.
Wired writes a great article on scorecards and where we stand: http://www.wired.com/science/planetearth/news/2008/01/greenbiz_report