08.0 Work

  1. Work at home.
  2. Telecommute.
  3. Ask your company to calculate its footprint.
  4. Ask your company to install bicycle racks and use them.
  5. Find alternatives to traveling to a meeting:   use the old-fashioned phone, use video and web conferencing software.  Meet virtually in Second Life.
  6. Switch your company’s electrical utility provider to green energy via Power Your Way.
  7. Turn off the screen saver and let your computer sleep during the work day.
  8. And turn off the computers at the end of the day.
  9. Send e-mails and electronic copies whenever possible.
  10. Scan or print-to-pdf everything and store and send as electronic files.   Make the paperless office a reality.
  11. Invoice via email only and pay bills with a credit card or electronically directly from bank account.
  12. Does it really need to get there absolutely, positively overnight?  Use the U.S. Postal Service.
  13. Need to ship something – consider carbon-balanced shipping.
  14. Reduce paper usage.[1] Use the Environmental Defense Fund’s Paper Calculator.
  15. Use 100% recycled paper.
  16. Preview your documents and proofread them carefully before you print
  17. Print only the necessary information.
  18. Copy reports and memos double-sided.
  19. Circulate, don’t copy, paperwork.
  20. Reuse tubes and envelopes for mailing.
  21. Recycle scrap paper.
  22. Use a laptop in lieu of a desktop.
  23. Add greenery – houseplants can remove toxins from indoor air.[2]
  24. Use a mug at work – not paper or Styrofoam cups.  And no disposable stirrers.
  25. Use silverware and plates.
  26. Drink less coffee.
  27. No bottled water – drink tap water.
  28. Talk and share.  Start an electronic bulletin board where carbon-reducing  ideas can be posted.
  29. Have your company consider purchasing carbon offsets to balance its footprint.
  30. Check out ClimateBiz, a green resource for businesses.

[1] The average American consumes more than 700 pounds of paper a year.

[2] Spider plants and peace lilies can remove carbon monoxide, and Ficus and Aloe Vera the formaldehyde or adhesives found in furnishings.

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