What does it take to become a green office?

Surprisingly, becoming a green office does not happen overnight; it takes planning and forethought.  And the decisions made have to be the correct decisions for your business culture.  Fortunately, there are a number of checklists available to help you get started in the right direction.  Below are just a few samples of simple changes that can be made in your office.

Beverages

  • Only fair trade or USDA certified organic coffee, tea and sugar are served
  • Filtered water instead of bottled water

Cleaning

Efficiency

  • HVAC system is well maintained; offices are warm but not hot in the winter and cool but not cold in the summer
  • Facility is well insulated
  • Electronics are on power strips to be easily turned off
  • Power saving mode is programmed appropriately on all electronics

Electricity

  • Purchase of green-E certified Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) through your utility or an independent company
  • Solar panels or geothermal heating and cooling

Paper

  • Use of 100% post-consumer recycled, processed chlorine free paper in the office and all envelopes and marketing materials
  • All print materials printed on paper with at least 30% post-consumer recycled content
  • Electronic processes replace paper ones where possible
  • All printers are set with double-sided printing as the default

Waste recovery

  • Waste is sorted into two categories: Landfill (food or food-soiled products), Recycle (paper, plastic, and glass/metal)
  • Waste is recycled, even when municipal recycling is unavailable or limited
  • Office supplies including tea and coffee are purchased in bulk to avoid excessive packaging
  • Reusable cups, plates and cutlery are used instead of disposables