Sustainability: What can I do?

Your company may not have a sustainability plan, but you can do something on your own.

Influence purchasing decisions.  This is a very easy step, and the larger the company, the larger the impact daily purchases have.

Buy recycled products! Start with paper towels in the kitchen and bathroom, so simple yet often overlooked.

Buy recycled coppier paper/laser paper, envelopes, etc, etc. It does “cost more” but in a large company you buy by the pallet, get a volume discount for the whole company.

Recycled content toilette paper, no it’s not like cardboard!

“Green” cleaners, do you really want to breath in solvents?

The same purchasing decisions you make at work, can be made at home as well.

Do you really have to have the HVAC at 70 degrees in the summer?  Do you have a programmable thermostat to adjust the heating/cooling of your home when you are away? Small things add up quickly over the course of a year.

Can you Skype with a colleague rather than going to visit? Travel is very expensive in resources and time.

Suggest your company invest in distributed electrical production= a grid tied solar array on the roof, your local utility may help finance and maintain the equipment, find out.

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