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Everyone keeps talking about going green – whether it’s by taking their bike instead of their SUV across town or simply planting a couple more trees in their front yard. In the workplace – whatever your “9-to-5” is – going green really isn’t any more difficult. In fact, it can save your company more energy and money in the long run, which translates to a stronger bottom line and possibly more money from savings on your own paycheck. Here are five tips on how to go green at work.
1. Stick to working online. Whether that means you telecommute rather than drive into work or you allow all of your department’s functions to be completed online rather than on traditional paper, you need to focus on using the computer more than a tree to do your job. After all, we are in the digital age, so why not truly go digital on the job?
2. Be particular about your paper. If your job requires that you actually do have to use quite a bit of paper for maintaining physical records or other required purposes, then make sure that the paper you use is recycled and features little chlorine bleaching. On top of this, when you do have to use paper to print at work, print on both sides – thus cutting your paper usage in half and making a huge difference in the environment.
3. Stop driving. Think about how else you can get to work without constantly driving a car that will continue to produce carbon monoxide, thus depleting the ozone layer. For instance, ride to work with a friend: The more you carpool to your job, the more you save the environment and save on gas costs anyway, and the ride could be a great opportunity to further build relationships with co-workers and put you in a better position when your next promotion opportunity rolls around.
4. Stop ordering out. Constantly ordering out and getting that cold sandwich or chow mein delivered to the office might seem convenient, but it also is expensive – both for you and for Mother Earth. The more you order your lunch out while at work, the more packaging material is being wasted in the preparation of your order. In addition, placing an order for delivery requires delivery cars to be on the road unnecessarily when you can easily bring your own lunch in a reusable container.
5. Let your computer go green, too. Set your computer to an energy-saving mode so that the one item you likely use eight hours a day or more is remaining green all eight hours. Also, at the end of the day, shut your computer down to save energy when the machine is not being used.
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U.S. Green Technology was established in January of 2009. U.S. Green Technology‘s mission is to share news and information about the latest advancements in green technologies and green jobs. U.S. Green Technology‘s areas of coverage include providing information on green social media campaigns, changes in green business, spread of the green movement throughout entertainment, green technological invention, new green start-ups, green manufacturing, green building, and green jobs. U.S. Green Technology recently launched a new free business directory for companies to promote their products and services. U.S. Green Technology also offers a green jobs board, powered by Simply Hired, for employers to post green jobs for job seekers interested in careers in the green jobs industries such as clean energy, renewable fuels information technology, green building and green transportation.