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Going green at work can be a great way to save costs, motivate staff and demonstrate your environmental credentials to your clients and prospective clients. In this article I discuss the top 10 going green tips for the workplace. (image attribution: digitalart)
1. Write an environmental policy
An environmental policy is a statement of intent that sets out your organisations commitment to best practice environmental performance. It also sets the tone for your company’s approach to environmental management. Good environmental policies have been thought out correctly, are relevant to your organisation, demonstrate senior management commitment and have a positive tone of voice.
In a general office, printing is one of the main environmental impacts associated with day-to-day operations. It is also one of the easiest environmental impacts to tackle that will deliver immediate environmental benefits as well as costs savings. This article provides practical green printing tips and advice. (image attribution: digitalart)
A typical office produces huge volumes of waste. For example, an office of 100 people produces on average 20 bags of waste a week. This is equivalent to filling fifty 1,100L waste bins in a year!!
The crazy thing is that over 90% of office waste can be recycled. This article provides 7 top tips for reducing your waste and implementing an effective recycling system.
Changing attitudes and behaviour within an organisation is not easy. It can be particularly challenging when trying to implement environmental initiatives. This is because environmental ideas are often championed by a lone voice in the organisation with very little senior management support and no budget.
Sensible changes such as removing personal bins to promote better recycling practices or restricting local control of thermostats to ensure better efficiency and optimum comfort levels are misconstrued as unnecessary or disruptive to the business and met with resistance from staff.
Even when practical steps are supported by staff such as switch off campaigns for lights and personal IT equipment; implementation and adoption rates are low because of poor habits. This is particularly relevant in an organisation where personal responsibility for the work environment is devolved.