In preparation for Earth Day, our sister company Solar Energy World released a list of ten ways to go green in the workplace. There is a lot of talk about going green, but maybe not as much talk about the benefits. The great news is that green practices not only impact the environment in a positive way, they tend to have positive benefits that reach beyond the direct environmental impact.
1. Green practices reduce environmental impact.
Let's start off with the obvious benefit. Efforts to go green and implement sustainable operations reduce the carbon footprint of a business. Efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle cut back the amount of waste a company produces, and the amount of fuel used for business related functions, such as heating, cooling, lighting, and transportation.
2. Green practices slash costs.
Going green reduces operating costs, by cutting back on the amount of energy consumed. Telecommuting cuts back on fuel and parking costs, and can reduce the need for maintaining the temperature of an office building, because the office will not be fully occupied at all times. The need for less office space can also cut back on costs.
Implementing energy efficiency measures, and maintaining the building and appliances also cuts back on costs due to energy usage. Regular maintenance also helps prevent major hazards, like mold and mildew growth from leaking pipes, or fire caused by poorly maintained electronics or appliances.
3. Green practices lead to happier and more productive employees.
Happy and healthy employees are productive employees, and green practices can help boost morale. Measures to maintain the integrity of a building, and to improve indoor air quality can help prevent employee health problems, and studies have found that employees with flexible work schedules and the opportunity to work remotely are more productive.
If these benefits are enough to convince you to go green at work, click to read Solar Energy World's article about tips to green in the office.
10 Ways to Go #Green at the Office, via @solareworld bit.ly/10KNc18
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