Millions of computers stay on at night, offices stay lighted, chargers charge phantom devices, and the print button is used far too often.Today, "going green" is a concept that more and more knowledge workers are embracing in their everyday lives. Millions of computers stay on at night, offices stay lighted, chargers charge phantom devices, and the print button is used far too often.
Following these steps will make your office a little greener and more environmentally friendly.
1.) Unplug chargers, such as those for mobile phones or smartphones, when not in use. Chargers still consume energy when plugged in, even if not charging a device.
2.) Go paperless. Print less and sign up for paperless billing from vendors and credit card companies. Think about how much extra paper we generate needlessly. When you do print, use double-sided printing to save paper and print only those pages that are necessary.
3.) Telecommute whenever possible, saving gas and other natural resources.
4.) Recycle older computers and donate unused mobile phones to charities. Recycled mobile phones can be used as an emergency lifeline for senior citizens, the disabled, and victims of domestic violence.
5.) Minimize use of goods packaged for "convenience." The manufacture of bottles used for water, for example, require vast quantities of petroleum and its distribution is also fuel consumptive, resulting in unnecessary greenhouse gas and sulfur dioxide emissions. Airlines are learning this and cutting back on smaller planes which are more convenient but less fuel efficient.
6.) Turn unnecessary lights off, especially in rooms that are unoccupied.
7.) Turn off computers and monitors at day's end.
8.) Make sure you have appropriate recycling bins in the office for paper that you do use.
About Basex:Jonathan B. Spira is the CEO for Basex, a research firm specializing in knowledge worker management and productivity, has developed simple strategies that reduce the knowledge worker's impact on the environment. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in New York City, Basex provides senior business executives from organizations across the globe with strategic advice, business and technology guidance, best practices, and insight about knowledge worker management and productivity. More about Basex at http://www.basex.com.