How to Have A Green Workplace

By creating and maintaining a green workplace, you can create a healthier work environment for yourself and co-workers in addition to saving the environment outside of work. You can take several steps to promote a green workplace, such as eliminating paper usage, modifying settings on office computers, and taking advantage of natural light. Continue reading to learn more.


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    Use digital resources in place of paper resources.
    • Send emails, create digital presentations, use electronic forms and documents, and encourage employees to use laptops or smartphones to take notes during business meetings.
    • Encourage employees to review their pay stubs online at the company website or to receive their pay stubs via email instead of receiving a paper pay stub.
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    Use energy-saving techniques for office computers and other office equipment. In some cases, you can save up to 80 percent energy on a monthly basis by modifying the power modes of your office equipment.
    • Turn off your computers and other office equipment such as fax machines and copiers before you leave work for the day; as leaving this equipment on throughout the night and over the weekend will use a significant amount of energy.
    • Enable the hibernation or standby modes on office computers when they are idle for more than 10 minutes. This will allow the computers to save energy when employees step away for brief lunch breaks or restroom breaks.
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    Encourage the use of reusable utensils, food, and drink containers in the break room.
    • Provide your employees with coffee mugs or containers imprinted with the company logo to reduce the use of paper or foam cups and plates.
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    Exchange artificial plants for real plants throughout the office. Real plants will improve the quality of indoor air and help offset any harmful pollutants that are caused by chemicals present in office carpeting and furniture; especially those found in older office buildings.
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    Take advantage of natural sunlight instead of indoor lighting.
    • Open window shades and blinds during daylight hours and turn off indoor office lighting to save energy.
    • Have landscaping performed outside of office windows to ensure that trees, bushes, and other tall or large vegetation does not prevent sunlight from entering the office.
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    Implement new work shifts that support a greener workplace. By eliminating short shifts that span throughout 5 days and by allowing employees to work from home, you can help save energy and reduce outdoor air pollution.
    • Create work shifts that allow employees and co-workers to work 10 hours per day for 4 days per week instead of 8 hours per day for 5 days a week. This practice will allow employees to commute to work less frequently.
    • Allow employees to work from home and use tools and methods such as video conferencing, telephones and conference calls, email, and instant messaging to stay connected to their bosses and clients throughout the day.
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    Keep restrooms supplied with recycled and biodegradable materials. Toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, and cleaning supplies can all be purchased in organic or all-natural forms that do not contain harmful chemicals or pollutants.


  • If paper must be used for faxes or printing, use 100 percent recycled paper and return blank sheets of paper that have accidentally been used back to the paper tray of the printer, fax machine, or copier.
  • If free coffee and condiments are supplied to employees, exchange the current supply of food and beverages for all-natural or organic products to support a green workplace and help improve the health of everyone in the office.

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