Rodco Services Inc made going green fun and easy for their employees
make it a policy to buy Energy Star rated light bulbs and fixtures
provide filtered drinking water to reduce bottled water waste

RECYCLE · REDUCE · RECOVER · REUSE

Make Going Green FUN and EASY for your employees. We did! Appoint a team or individual to spear head and monitor your company’s efforts.

Recycle
  • Make it a policy to place recycling bins in accessible, high traffic areas. An additional smaller desk side paper recycle bin can be provided for each employee.
  • Provide clear information about what can and can not be recycled. Just about any kind of paper you would encounter in an office, including fax paper, envelopes, and junk mail, can be recycled. As well, your old cell phones, PDA’s, pagers, ink cartridges, etc. can be recycled. See Local Rules.
  • Offer incentives and recognition to those who support Going Green.
Lights
Artificial lighting accounts for 44% of the electricity use in office buildings.
  • Utilize natural light when possible.
  • Make it a habit of turning off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Make it a policy to buy Energy Star rated light bulbs and fixtures, which use at least two-thirds less energy than regular lighting.
  • Install timers or motion sensors that automatically shut off the lights.
  • Set thermostats a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer.
Computers
Computers in the business sector unnecessarily waste $1 billion worth of electricity a year.
  • Turn off your computer and the power strip it’s plugged into when not in use. (Check with your IT department first. Your computer may need to stay on to run backups or other maintenance).
  • During the day, setting your computer to go to sleep automatically during short breaks can cut energy use by 70%.
  • Invest in Energy Saving computers, monitors, and printers.
  • Recycle old equipment properly. See www.computertakeback.com. Click on the map to find a responsible recycler in your state.
  • Computers that still work and are less than five years old can be donated to organizations that will refurbish them and find them new homes. Or you can find your own needy charities. You may even get a tax deduction.
Print Smarter
The average U.S. office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper a year. According to Office Depot, each remanufactured toner cartridge "keeps approximately 2.5 pounds of metal and plastic out of landfills... and conserves about a half gallon of oil. "
  • Print on both sides of paper.
  • Use the back side of old documents for faxes, scrap paper, or drafts.
  • Avoid color printing when possible or print in draft mode.
  • Switch to lighter stock of paper or alternatives made from bamboo, hemp, organic, or kenaf.
  • Recycle toner and ink cartridges and buy remanufactured one. Support your local schools. Many schools collect ink cartridges, cells phones and other electronic devices to recycle for cash.
Go Paperless
  • Think before you print. Could this be read and stored online instead? Can one master copy be printed and passed around for each to view and sign after reading?
  • Request to be removed from mailing lists for any unwanted catalogs, newsletters, magazines, and junk mail.
  • Post employee manuals and similar materials online, rather than distribute print copies.
  • Receive and pay bills online.
Purchasing
  • Purchase office supplies and furniture made from recycled materials.
  • Limit purchasing to the necessary.
  • Share your unwanted items.
  • Consider renting or borrowing instead of purchasing.
Commute and Travel
  • Carpool. It’s more fun with a friend. A carpool board can be organized to help.
  • Use public transportation such as the bus, train or subway.
  • Ask to telecommute. Working from home is actually good for the planet - Who knew?
  • Have meetings with out-of-towners via the internet.
  • If you have to rent a car, some rental agencies now offer hybrids and other high-mileage vehicles.
Bring Back the Water Cooler
  • Provide filtered drinking water to reduce bottled water waste.
  • Provide reusable dishes, silverware, and glasses for employees.
  • Bring your own mug and dishware for your lunch.
  • Switch to Fair Trade and organic coffee and tea.
  • Buy organic and local food as possible for office parties or events.
  • Unplug kitchen appliances (coffee pots, toasters, microwaves).
Create a Healthy Office Environment
  • Brighten up cubicles with plants, which absorb indoor pollution.
  • Use nontoxic cleaning products.
  • Buy furniture, carpeting and paint that are free of volatile organic compounds and won’t off-gas chemicals.
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