workplace sustainability rules to reduce your office ecological footprint

Workplace Sustainability: 8 Rules To Reduce Your Office Footprint

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Who this micro-class is for

* Employees and managers

What you’ll learn

* How to reduce your office footprint.

* The best sustainability practices in the workplace

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* Less than 5 minutes to complete

About this micro-class

Reducing your environmental footprint at work involves adopting practices that promote sustainability and efficiency. By incorporating these practices into your workplace, you can contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious working environment.

1. Energy Efficiency

Lights, Equipment, and Appliances

Turn off lights, appliances, and other equipment when not in use. Ensure that electronic devices are turned off or in sleep mode when not in use.

Use energy-efficient appliances and lighting. Upgrade to energy-efficient technology such as computers and servers.

Take advantage of natural light to reduce the need for artificial lighting.

Heating and Air Conditioning

Set air conditioning and heating to moderate temperature ranges. A too-warm or too-cold workplace can affect employees’ health and productivity.

Air conditioning should be set between 20°C (68°F) and 24°C (75°F). Heating should be set between 18°C (64°F) and 20°C (68°F).

Keep the windows closed when the air conditioning or heating is on.

2. Water Conservation

Avoid keeping the water running unless you are using it.

Report leaks promptly and encourage water-saving practices.

3. Waste Reduction

Respect the company’s recycling policies for paper, plastic, glass, and other materials. Follow proper e-waste recycling practices to dispose of electronic equipment responsibly.

Encourage double-sided printing and use recycled paper.

Reduce paper usage by utilizing digital documents and communication. Limit your usage of office, kitchen, and toilet supplies.

4. Sustainable Commuting

Adopt and promote carpooling, biking, walking, or the use of public transportation.

When available, consider telecommuting or flexible work schedules to reduce the need for daily commuting.

5. Travel Smart

Use video conferencing and other virtual meeting tools to reduce the need for business travel.

Choose environmentally friendly modes of transportation for work-related trips.

6. Green Purchasing

When available, choose office, kitchen, and toilet supplies made from recycled or sustainable materials.

Select energy-efficient and eco-friendly equipment and appliances. Consider the lifecycle environmental impact of products before purchasing.

7. Encourage Sustainable Practices

Adopt and promote a culture of sustainability within the workplace.

Educate your coworkers on the importance of reducing your collective environmental footprint.

8. Green Spaces

Incorporate indoor plants to improve air quality and mental health. Develop outdoor green spaces if possible.

Spend time outdoors during breaks.

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