Tips for going green
The following tips may help you in really going green:
1. Keep track: measure
how much you use & how much you waste!
Keep track of the number of copies you make. Use the counter on your machine to work out just how much paper is being used. Prepare to be surprised!
Calculate the weight and volume
of paper used in your office each year and let
your staff know how much
Save paper: think before you print!
Use your print preview software (in any Microsoft Office application select
File - Print Preview).
Make sure efficient paragraphing and correct pagination
Choose the correct font size for your printing.
Use the function 'shrink to fit'
to use the paper adequately.
Always check for errors on-screen before printing
to avoid printing multiple drafts.
Avoid making multiple copies of large documents with summary pages, PowerPoint presentations, online
documentation, and email.
Opt for double sided printing and
Use the reduction feature on a
copier to fit more on a page.
Encourage staff to share and circulate copies of
reports rather than
issuing separate copies.
Print multiple pages per sheet for presentations and the like.
Minimize paper waste by using the phone or email rather than
Update your mailing address list - delete all out of date contacts.
Print company cards rather
than individual cards that may be wasted.
3. Save toner!
Draft quality printouts use less toner. Select 'draft' printouts when using the
'Print' command on your computer Ė this is usually changed under Printer Options
Windows Print Dialog box.
You can even set your printer to make draft prints by default
5. Re-use office and kitchen supplies!
Set-up a stationery 'reuse centre' or 'used goods area'
for used binders, folders,
padded envelopes, cardboard boxes, etc.
scrap copy paper as notepads.
Reuse envelopes and look
for design features that support reuse - for example re-sealable envelopes, or space for
in a reusable mug to save the planet and your health. Polystyrene is
used in disposable cups, in addition to being petroleum-based
it may leach styrene, a possible human carcinogen. Paper
cups arenít much better, as the energy-intensive process of producing and bleaching
them releases dioxin, a known carcinogen. Furthermore, as paper decomposes in landfills, it releases
methane, a more potent heat-trapping greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
Hang hand-towels in the kitchen and bathroom and use cloth napkins in place of
6. Save energy!
Make sure all computers and other office
equipment are turned off when they are
not being used, and that electric lights are turned off when natural light is sufficient.
Make sure energy saving features on PCs, printers, and
photocopiers are enabled.
energy efficient light bulbs where possible.
replacing just one
75-watt incandescent bulb with a 19-watt compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) cuts
34 kilograms of carbon
dioxide emissions per year and up to 340 for the life-time of the bulb, not to mention the money
savings on your energy bill.
Replace flickering fluorescent lights
Insulate the office to ensure efficient use of energy for heating.
Make sure radiators and heaters are
not blocked by furniture.
Do not overheat the office.
Use blinds to prevent excess heating in the summertime and
save on air conditioning costs.
Use a fan in
the summertime rather than air conditioning. Fans use 98% less energy than
air conditioners, and make you feel up to 6 degrees cooler.
Open the windows and turn off the
air conditioning on nice days.
Donít fill the kettle to make a single cup of coffee.
7. Recycle your waste!
Separate your waste into recyclable categories (paper, plastic, glass, cans).
Arrange for the pick-up of recyclable waste (CENN
is here to assist you in this), or deliver yourself to corresponding recycling factories.
Purchase recycled paper and paper-based products
to support recycling businesses.
8. Mind how you get around!
Encourage your employees to carpool, use public
transportation or, still better,
bike. You can do so by introducing bonus schemes for carpooling or public
transportation, or by arranging safe parking places for bikes. Remember that
average 20-km daily commute generates over 1,250
of CO2 annually.
Avoid unnecessary travel if the matter can be settled
through a phone call, letter,
or a video conference.
Ensure that meetings and
trainings are held at locations served by public
transportation. Include train
or bus directions in the invitation.
9. Share ideas and keep
While greening your office, you
might find better ways of
reducing waste, water, or energy
use Ė share your ideas with others.