five easy ways to go green at work

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Bring your eco-values to work every morning with our top five tips. Get your coworkers involved and see how much of a difference you can make.

  1. Commute smarter
    • Walk or cycle to work.
    • Take public transportation and buy bulk passes to save money.
    • If you must drive, carpool or car share.
    • Choose hybrid rentals and taxis.
  1. Save energy
    • If you're not using it, turn it off.
    • Enable energy saving settings on all equipment.
    • Unplug anything that still sucks energy even when it's turned off (cell phone chargers, things with blinky lights etc).
    • Plug equipment into power bars and turn them off until needed.
  1. Live healthier
    • Choose foods that are local, organic and sustainable for meetings, lunches and catered events.
    • Get rid of toxic cleaners and personal products in your office kitchens and bathrooms.
    • Add plants to your workspace — they filter the air.
    • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  1. Waste less
    • Set 'double sided' as the default setting on your printer.
    • Go electronic instead of using hard copies: phone and email, use overheads and power point presentations, get e-subscriptions, and use web resources.
    • Switch to cloth towels and napkins in kitchens and bathrooms.
    • Compost kitchen scraps.
  1. Conserve water
    • Ban bottled water. Use a stainless steel commuter cup.
    • Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge instead of running the tap.
    • Scrape dishes instead of rinsing before putting them in the dishwasher,
    • Don't pour water down the drain — use it to water plants.

Also See David Suzuki at Work Tookkit

This is a great document on how to start an environmental program at your work.

 

 

Source: David Suzuki Foundation

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