Ways To Go Green At Work
Working to adopt an environmentally-friendly lifestyle doesn't have to stop at your front door or in your car. Many of us spend a huge amount of time in our offices, which means there is a great opportunity to incorporate our green processes there as well. While it's easy to feel like you don't have as much control over your workspace as you do over your home, with some initiative it is easy to make your work more green.
Many of us conduct the bulk of our work on a computer which, if used improperly, can be a huge energy hog. By making use of your PC's energy-saving settings, you can quickly cut back on wasted energy. Also, by using a power strip you can easily ensure that you turn off all of your electronics when you leave for the day.
Digitizing your documents and sharing files online can cut back on a great deal of paper. Instead of stuffing memos in traditional mailboxes, send them to email. If you do a lot of editing, try shifting most of it to Google Docs or use track changes in Microsoft Word. Now that nearly everyone has laptops, tablets and smartphones, sharing digital documents and cutting out the paper copies can save some serious trees.
Even if you take steps to digitize much of your work, there will be times when you need to print. For these situations - or when you receive mail or documents from clients - make sure to recycle. If your office doesn't have one already, setting up a recycling-specific bin is easy.
Just like your home, turning off lights when you leave a room can save energy and money over time. Whether it's the bathroom of the boardroom, flipping the switch is a great way to go green.