- B.Y.O.C. (Bring your own cup)
If you buy coffee every day, you can save 365 or more coffee cups, sleeves and plastic lids from going into the landfill every year!
To take this one easy step further, reduce the amount of paper plates and plastic utensils and cups as well. Bring in reusable or compostable items for your meals and snacks.
- Go to sleep!
Most of us can’t avoid using computers and printers, but you can adjust the settings so that they go into hibernation mode after a certain amount of time. It’s an easy and simple way to save electricity.
Taking the stairs is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and your waistline. Bonus: the exercise you receive helps to reduce stress and to think more clearly at work!
How much energy do elevators use? A typical hydraulic elevator in a three-story office building uses 3,800 kilowatt-hours per year, or about as much as the average American home uses in four months. Click here for the full story.
- Go public
Switching to public transportation, carpooling, biking, telecommuting and other innovative ways to commute to and from work will save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Even if you can only do this once a week, you’ll make a measureable impact!
Let everyone know that you're making changes to reduce your impact on the environment. Turn it into an office challenge with rewards for people/departments who are able to reduce, reuse, and recycle in creative and efficient ways. Click here for tips on how to start a recycling program at your office.
Another great social recycling site is www.carbonrally.com. Get your office to start a team and compete against others in your state, and around the U.S.