You live a green life. You recycle, use filtered water, and energy-conserving light bulbs at home …. but what about in the office? AdvantEdge is proud to to say that all three of our locations are LEED certified, and that we therefore take green initiatives seriously. While we’re not saying that you should embark on a zero-carbon quest like Google, we do know (and believe) that it’s actually not that difficult to “Go Green” if you utilize your available resources. So here are a few going green tips to help get you started:
Use a Mug – Americans use 14.4 billion disposal cups for coffee each year according to the University of Nevada. Whether your company provides them or you bring your own from home, tossing out disposal cups forever for re-useable mugs and glasses is an easy way to go green and save money. You can even use re-usable to-go cups at your favorite coffee houses these days.
Clean-up your Commute – There are so many options for reducing the carbon footprint made by your commute: carpooling, biking, taking public transit, telecommuting, or investing in a fuel efficient car; just to name a few. You don’t have to totally change life. Try adding one or two telecommute days a month to your work schedule, or biking to work just during the Spring and Fall.
Buy a Plant – Indoor air quality is a problem that’s often overlooked in an office. Particularly during intense summer heat (like what we’ve been experiencing in Washington recently) when indoor pollutants can thrive and cause health problems. Simple house plants improve air quality while brightening your mood, making you work more efficiently and ultimately use less energy.
Upgrade your Paper – First, be diligent about using the recycle bins your office provides. Then, consider using unbleached paper made from recycled materials. A great deal more energy and chemical resources are used just to recycle traditional white paper. Finally, always print double-sided and digitize files whenever you can.