What can you do? TIPS and HINTS
- Make your computer more efficient. Remove screensavers and turn on your computer’s power management features to save energy and extend the life of your battery.
- Unplug. Devices like phone chargers and power adapters continue to draw electricity even when not in active use. So unplug these items when they are not in use to save energy and the environment.
- Opt for the revolving door. Energy is wasted when we enter and exit a warm or cool building. Help us conserve by using the revolving door.
Use Less Paper:
- Make your meetings digital. In the meeting invitation, let your colleagues know that the meeting will be paperless. Use projectors and monitors to display slides rather than printing handouts and encourage attendees to use their laptops for slide viewing and note taking.
- Print responsibly. Make double-sided printing your default, purchase 100% recycled paper and reuse sheets whenever possible.
- Transition to online banking. Take advantage of many paperless banking options, which offer convenient and secure access for account holders while conserving resources and money.
- Use Microsoft OneNote. This is so much easier and better than a paper notebook! Take your meeting notes online, file them online and easily share them. This works so well for me!
Reduce Waster & Recycle:
- Dispose of Electronic Waste responsibly. Never recycle it or throw it in the regular trash. There are many local recyclers in your area, Goodwill and community groups have recycling days.
- Trade before you buy. Before you purchase something new, see if your friends family have what you need, or upgrade to get just the thing you need. Look on Craigslist.org for swaps and trades. Renting equipment, or using a renting/sharing app works well for equipment that you seldom use: trimmers/hedgers, kayaks, canoes, wheel-barrows, cement mixers, tile cutters, nailers, floor sanders…. you know! …the stuff that can fill up your garage!
- Take advantage of the recycling and composting facilities available near you. Protect the environment and save valuable company resources by sorting your trash correctly.
- Refill and reuse. Conserve water when using a reusable water bottle or hydration backpack by reducing water used in producing disposable bottles and shipping containers to new locations.
- Conserve energy. Electricity uses water. In fact, the energy sector is the single largest consumer of water in the United States, using 201 billion gallons a day to generate electricity. WOW!!! So, save two resources at once by being energy efficient.
- Turn faucets off all the way. A steady drip can waste 20 gallons of water per day. And report any leaks as soon as you notice them in bathrooms, kitchens, gyms or any other locations.
- When working out, make sure your fitness center knows you are environmentally minded by asking your fitness center staff about low volume shower heads. Post-workout showers: turn off the water while shaving, shampooing or lathering up.
Green your Commute:
- Route your commute. You can find the fastest way to work using public transit — and other useful information — by using helpful websites like publictransportation.org
- Combine your commute with exercise. Check out bicycle safety tips from the CDC and facts and stats from Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center to learn how you can commute by bike or walking and save yourself a trip to the gym.
- Use more active transportation. Researchers looked at residents in Charlotte, North Carolina , before and after the city built a light-rail transit system (LRT). People who used the LRT reported they walked more when using the train than when they drove regularly. And they lost weight.
Get involved in your community and help with conservation, tree planting, beach clean-up and other eco-activities!