At the Office

Buy Renewable Energy. - Purchasing or investing in clean energy technologies (wind, solar, biomass, small hydro and co-generation) can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency. Some companies have installed solar panels on their roofs and constructed wind farms to meet their electricity needs.

Lead By Example. - Business leaders can provide a powerful example promoting greenhouse gas reduction strategies through corporate incentives such as financial assistance for employees who use public transportation, car-pooling and even telecommuting. Other "green" practices such as recycling and purchasing recycled materials also contribute to emissions reductions.

Buy Efficient Equipment. - Purchase energy saving models of office appliances and equipment, such as Energy Star-approved computers, LCD monitors, printers and photocopiers.

Design for lighting intensity of 1.0 watts per square foot or less. Over-lighting wastes energy and produces glare.

Install lighting controls to turn lights on only when needed.

Buy recycled paper products.

Equip office kitchens with reusables.  Save money and the environment by stocking the office kitchen with reusable plates, silverware, and cups. Eliminate plastic utensils and foam plates and cups.

Encourage alternative transportation. - Encourage staff to commit to taking alternative modes of transportation for their daily commute at least once a month. This can include options such as car-pooling, cycling, taking public transit or walking where possible.

Reduce your staff's environmental impacts from air travel by using video-conferences for meetings.
Create a recycling program and decrease paper use.

If you have a fleet of vehicles, try to use the most energy-efficient models possible.

Get a free energy audit from the City of Tallahassee. - The City of Tallahassee provides home and business energy audits.  Schedule a free energy audit from the City by calling 891-4YOU, press option 4.

Get business energy recommendations - Check out the City of Tallahassee's link geared specifically to how businesses can conserve energy:  http://www.talgov.com/you/you-learn-energy-com-tips.aspx

Green Cleaning at the Office

Paper Towels and Bath Tissue - Paper products should be made with a significant portion of recycled content and produced in a way that meets strict environmental standards. Products should be processed without chlorine and not contain any added pigments, inks, dyes or fragrances. Green Seal and others have established guidelines for paper products.

Hand Soaps - Hand soaps should use environmentally responsible packaging and formulas with biodegradable ingredients. Green Seal also has guidelines for soap products.

Entranceway Matting - Proper matting is a critical component of a successful green program. Entryway mats are designed to remove dirt and moisture from shoes, keeping it out of the building. Mats should be a minimum of 3-4 stride lengths, approximately 12 to 15 feet, for maximum effectiveness at capturing soil before it enters the building.

Microfiber mops and cloths - Compared to traditional mops, microfiber has a number of green cleaning advantages; microfiber material uses less cleaning chemicals and water, microfiber pads can be changed frequently to reduce cross-contamination and, when used dry, they do a better job of capturing dust that otherwise can affect the health of building occupants.

Equipment - Equipment should meet the following criteria:

  • Burnishers with active vacuum attachments to capture dust.
  • Extraction equipment that maximizes moisture removal and allows carpet to dry in 24 hours or less.
  • Scrubbers that reduce water consumption.
  • Vacuums that meet the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label indoor air quality program requirements for soil extraction and dust containment.

Automatic Faucets, Flush Valves and Soap Dispensers - Touch free faucets significantly reduce water consumption as well as eliminating a major source of cross-contamination. Automatic flush valves improve restroom hygiene and appearance, and touch free soap dispensers help control usage.

Sources:
Lighterfootstep.com
Davidsuzuki.com
Eartheasy.com
Climatecrisis.org

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