With many organizations implementing a formal sustainability strategy, now more than ever, companies are turning to green solutions.
How can you reduce the carbon footprint of your workplace?
Everyone has a part to play. Here are three ideas to consider implementing in your daily operations.
The most sustainable product is one that already exists. Analyze what furniture, fixtures, equipment and materials still have life left in them. Determine how you can repurpose these existing resources to minimize your environmental and economic impact.
In some spaces, architectural features such as an open ceiling with exposed ductwork can become an asset. Rather than spending money to install a hard ceiling or ceiling tiles, consider keeping the area exposed or painting it.
By collaborating with an organization’s dining program, the landscaping team can collect food scraps and add them to a compost pile on site. Over time, the compost can be used as topsoil for landscaping across your corporate campus – including on-site gardens!
Alternative materials, like pallets and rubberized mulch, are good ways to sustain landscaping projects. Collect pallets throughout the year and reduce them to wood chips to include in topsoil. Recycled rubberized mulch can last 10 years. It’s eco-friendly and provides cost savings by removing the need to mulch annually.
Thinking strategically about your indoor environment will also help reduce your carbon footprint.
Incorporating natural light in a workplace helps save energy and improves the health and productivity of your employees.
Also, interior plants increase oxygen, act as air filters and create a green office space.
LED lights resemble natural sunlight, making employees more alert. They reduce utility demands and may last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. LEDs also emit little heat, so they provide a more consistently comfortable work atmosphere.
Compared to traditional cleaning chemicals, Green Seal-certified products reduce the toxicity of the environment.
Smart building solutions, such as people sensors, provide spatial analytics that develop usage-based service schedules. This strategy increases labor efficiency, reducing utility usage in comparison to outdated frequency service schedules.
Implementing these three solutions are solid steps toward reducing your workplace carbon footprint. They’ll also make it possible to create a healthy and sustainable workplace experience that you and your employees will enjoy for years to come.
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