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10 Ways to Go Green at Work

Here are some easy green office tips that can help save energy, money and resources!

  1. Let There Be Sustainable Light: The rule of thumb is that if you're going to be out of a room for 15 minutes or more, you'll save energy (and money) by turning out the lights.
  2. The Paper Trail: The average US office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper a year. Set your printer to print on both sides of the paper. (A “how to” was sent from Paul Niedbala in an email on 4.19.10.) Imagine how much paper we could save! Note: To avoid printing everything, you can click on Zoom (in View section) to increase the size of the text on your screen making it easier to read.
  3. What's Good for the GOOS: Don't just recycle paper, collect GOOS (Good On One Side) paper for reuse—another way to use both sides!
  4. Monitor Your Monitor: Turn off your monitor if you aren't going to use your PC (personal computer) for more than 20 minutes. Though there is a small surge in energy when a computer starts up, this amount is still less than the energy used when a computer is running for long periods of time. Turn off both your CPU (central processing unit-computer) and the monitor if you're not going to use your PC for more than 2 hours.
  5. Don't Be a Sucker: Vampires or wall warts—those blocky power adapters for cell phones, PDAs and other devices actually waste more power than they produce, and account for 6% of the national electric bill. And yes, they still suck power when they are plugged into the wall and not charging anything. Tosave power, unplug them when they aren't being used, or look for Energy Star branded chargers.
  6. Stripped Down: Turn off the switch on the power strip/surge protector to prevent your devices from drawing power even when they're shut off. If you don't use a power strip, unplug extra equipment when not in use.
  7. Waste-Not, Want-Not: Keep reusable dishes, flatware, beverage containers/commuter mugs and a cloth napkin at the office for meals.
  8. Plastic, Not So Fantastic: The US consumes 50 billion plastic bottles each year. It takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce these bottles.
  9. Don't Get Caught Holding the Bag: Whether you're picking up lunch or doing some errands, “just say no” to a bag or use a reusable one instead. About 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year.
  10. Spring Cleaning: Learn about eCycling and why it's important to reuse and recycle electronics and what the options are for doing this safely in your area. http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ecycling/index.htm
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