Flip the switch off and take advantage of natural light when possible. You'll save money on energy and maybe even feel better – exposure to natural light at work has been linked to better sleep, more physical activity and even a better mood.
All those print jobs can add up - paper accounts for about 1/4 of NYC's waste. Thanks to the cloud, Google Drive and Dropbox, it's easier than ever to go paperless and grab documents wherever you work.
Sometimes you have to use paper. Make sure to copy and print on both sides. You can also stock your office with recycled and chlorine-free paper. And those used sheets can be great scrap paper or shred for packing material.
Going out for lunch or leaving at the end of the day? Shut down your computer or activate sleep mode– it reduces your annual computer-energy consumption by up to 80%.
Printers, copiers, and other office electronics drain a lot of energy – even when they're not in use. You can save energy and money by turning them off before heading home. Power strips make it easy– just plug the electronics in and shut off the strips at night.
Take the train, bus, or subway instead of renting a car for business travel. Encourage your office to invest in videoconferencing and other technological solutions that can reduce employee travel.
Don't be a stranger. Talk to your office manager about ways your office can be greener by providing recycling bins, using refillable printer cartridges, purchasing green office supplies, and other actions.
Plants make offices more enjoyable – brighter and nicer smelling. They can even make your workspaces healthier by absorbing indoor pollution and increasing the flow of oxygen.
A multifunction device is one of those amazing contraptions that can print, copy, and fax to your office. They're nifty, save energy and space and have a longer lifetime than a standalone printer or copier.
Sitting in rush hour traffic is no fun. It swallows up your time and leads to a lot of waste - 3 billion gallons of fuel each year. Try a carpool or public transportation if you have a longer journey. Walk, bike or even scooter if you live closer to work