How to be green at work!

Feel empowered.

You don’t need to be management to institute change; your role as someone who cares about improving the energy efficiency and healthiness of your workplace is just as vital as those able to make the “big decisions”. In fact, change from the bottom-up is often a lot more effective as everyone has “buy-in”. And just because you don’t make the purchasing decisions, it doesn’t mean you can’t influence them. Do your research, point out the financial savings to management, and enlist the enthusiasm of your team members too. Tell them about the research that shows a happier workplace is more productive and creative, with less absenteeism. Encourage them to take this further by considering how to bring sustainable happiness into the work environment. Find the information, show by doing, and create the momentum, all just because you care.

Conserve your computer’s energy.

For many people with desk jobs the computer is necessary to get things done. Yet, this “efficiency” comes at a cost – it is estimated that people waste over £1 billion in electricity every year just in computer use! To help conserve energy from your computer use.

Turn off all peripherals when not in use.

Peripherals such as printers, video cards, speakers, and scanners continue to consume power even when not in use. Unplug them and save energy.

Reduce printer use.

The printer is one of the most used office items. Every day it cranks out tons of important faxes, emails and other documents.Don’t print unnecessarily. Most stuff can be handled online or on-screen. Learn to increase the font or zoom in if you need to see well.

Reduce your paper waste.

Do you have to print out every email and handout? Reduce paper waste by deciding to go paperless wherever possible.

Prioritize your paper use.

If you do use paper daily then you can make eco-friendly paper choices.

Reduce energy usage. Along with reducing the energy usage of your computer and peripherals.

Maintain healthy airflow.

It is already bad enough that you have to worry about air pollution every time you walk outside, but it is also a big priority when you work inside. If you work in an office, cubicle, or workshop, it’s likely that you’re spending most of your time indoors. A Canadian survey found that people spend over 96% of time at home indoors and over 83% of time at work or school indoors, equalling about 40 or more hours at your desk, office, or cubicle.

Green your desk, cubicle, office.

Get a plant and place it on or near your desk. Or, even better, buy plants for all of your neighbours. They will not only see this as a friendly gesture, but they’ll also have cleaner air to breathe!  Plants absorb indoor air pollution and increase the flow of oxygen, so get a green accessory to complement your desk!


There are many items in your office that you can recycle. If you do not have a recycling station at work, start one on your own! You can get a few bins and post recycling guidelines above them.

Spread the word.

The best way to stay involved in the green scene at work is to get others involved. Share your practices and wisdom with your boss and co-workers.

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