10 Tips for a Greener Office
Here at Ebus, we know that our business contributes to saving the environment every single day, and we are proud to be a part of a greener transportation solution! However, we realize that not all organizations may be able to say the same, and in fact, may not even know where to start.
In honour of Earth Day on April 22, we thought we’d share our tips for offices to go a little greener. Of course, being green is great for the planet, but it can also strengthen your brand and ultimately save money for your organization.
1. Question yourself:
The best way to prevent wastefulness is to use less in the first place. Before you purchase those office supplies, ask yourself a few questions: Do I really need it? Could I use something that I already have? Is there a more eco-friendly alternative, with less packaging, for example?
Look for ways to switch to reusable products: items like dishware and cutlery, and using cloth towels or energy-saving hand-dryers instead of paper towels in the bathrooms.
3. Make it easy
Place recycling points in prominent spots around the office and public areas, and clearly mark which items people can and cannot recycle.
4. Dispose responsibly
Sometimes, you just have to get rid of the old office relics. Consider how you can responsibly dispose of larger or potentially hazardous items, such as electronics and batteries. Often, you can donate old computers or devices to charity, or use specialized services to recycle them. If in doubt, do a quick google search before you throw these things away.
5. Switch off!
Get into the habit of turning off the lights when you leave the room. You could even install motion sensors that turn off lights automatically in bathrooms, break rooms, and conference areas. As lights need replacing, consider using energy-efficient LED bulbs. After the initial investment, they can use 70-75% less energy and last up to 50 times longer.
6. Power down
Computers, printers, and other devices consume energy even when they're not being used. Smart power strip stops power consumption completely when you turn off the machine, are an excellent way to prevent this. When it's time to upgrade your computers in the office, consider switching to laptops – which can use up to 80 percent less energy than desktops.
7. Do your homework
If you can, allow your people to work from home one or more days each week. This saves on commuting time in the car, reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
Encourage carpooling by setting up an information board in your office (or intranet page) to connect your team members who travel similar routes and could easily ride together.
9. Ditch the cars
You could also encourage employees to walk, cycle or use public transportation, by posting transit schedules and bike routes, and by arranging fun challenges like cycle-to-work days.
10. Put the “bus” in business travel
For business obligations that require inter-city travel, use shared ride transportation like Ebus. You’d be helping to take thousands of cars off the road and be using a transportation solution with one of the lowest carbon footprints. For an added benefit, your employees can access free wifi and power outlets, to ensure productivity the whole ride.
If you want to help your office go green, you may need to take the lead. Some organizations don't have the resources to focus on green working practices, so offer to champion the green efforts of your office. Build a business case for your ideas. If your initiatives require investment from the organization, a commitment is more likely if you can demonstrate the potential savings, increased brand engagement, and/or return on investment.
So, take the opportunity to start the green discussion in your office now. Sometimes, simply raising awareness is enough to inspire action!