· Go for "Greener" options when you buy computers and networking equipment. Look for the products that use lower energy, lower waste, fewer chemicals, and less overall packing material.
· Optimize the energy settings for your computers and other devices to use less energy. Set computers to energy-saving settings and shut them down when you leave for the day. Note the 'stand-by' settings continue to draw power even when they are not used.
· Buy power strips with an on/off switch so your entire desktop can be turned off at once.
· Print smarter and print on both sides of the paper or use the back side of old documents for faxes scrap paper, or drafts. Use color printing only when needed.
· Buy recycled paper that has a high percentage of post-consumer content and the minimum of chlorine bleaching. Extend this to the not only printing paper but all cleaning and lavatory supplies.
· Turn off lights when in areas that are not occupied or when you leave at night. Install motion sensors in conference rooms. Use Energy Star rated light bulbs and fixtures. When your traditional light bulb goes out, replace it with a much more energy efficient compact fluorescent bulb.
· Install thermostats that automatically reduce the temperature when you are not in the office and over the week-end. For non-automatic thermostats, manually turn down the temperature.
· Work electronically as much as possible. Keep your files on your computer instead of in file cabinets.
· Review documents onscreen rather than printing them out. Send emails instead of paper letters.
· Invest in videoconferencing and technology solutions to reduce the amount of employee travel.
· Position desks and workstations to make best use of natural lighting.
· Recycling counts. Make it a habit to recycle everything your company uses including printer cartridges, electronic devices, shipping containers, envelopes, cans and bottles, to name just a few. Recycle or reuse old office equipment including computers, printers, networking devices and cxell phones. There are many organizations that will take this equipment off your hands.
· Bring in your own reusable coffee cup to the office. When you bring your lunch in, use re-usable containers and bags.
· Provide filtered drinking water instead of bottled water to reduce bottled-water waste.
· Purchase office supplies and furniture made from recycled materials. Also purchase office products with a longer life such as solar powered calculators. Buy in bulk to save in shipping costs and reduce packaging.
· Use nontoxic cleaning products. Add plants to your office - they absorb indoor pollution.
· Distribute employee manuals and other materials online instead of giving out printed copies. Online documents are also easier to update.
· Encourage your employees to find alternative methods (besides driving) to get to work. Public transportation, carpooling, walking, biking, etc. are all valid choices. Look at possible offering the option of telecommuting.
· Give reusable items, such as mugs, to customers and prospects. If they buy 3 cups of coffee every workday for one year that equates to over 600 coffee cups that would have ended up in the trash.
· Make sure the water taps are closed. One drop wasted per second equals 10,000 liters per year.
· Spread the word. Every little bit helps in creating a green work environment.