10 Steps to Greening Your Workplace


  1. Use Electricity Wisely:
    • Turn off all computers, printers, photocopiers and other office equipment which not need to be left on, at the end of the workday.
    • Set your computers to sleep mode after 15 minutes no usage.
    • When leaving a room for more than a few minutes, turn off your office lights.
    • Change light bulbs to energy efficient compact fluorescents.
  2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
    • Recycle office paper, cans, bottles, etc.
    • Reuse the back of paper for notes, print double sided, don’t use plastic or foam cups, use real cups.
  3. Use environmentally friendly office products:
    • On average, they may cost up to 5% more, but reduce the amount of waste and pollution.
    • Try 100% recycled paper, refillable ink cartridges, non-toxic highlighters or markers etc.
  4. Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Products:
    • Encourage and ensure your janitorial company is using environmentally friendly eco logo certified cleaning products.
  5. Make Eco Friendly food choices:
    • Encourage locally grown foods.  Encourage your cafeteria to do the same.  When ordering lunches, choose local restaurants.
  6. Telecommuting:
    • Encourage working from home (where possible)
    • Reduces pollution levels and increases performance and time availability.
  7. Transportation:
    • Encourage carpooling amongst employees where possible.  Encourage transit, biking or walking.
  8. Try to reduce Printing material where possible:
    • Read items on screen and print only when necessary.  Use 100% recycled content paper products.  Discuss using recycled paper for promotional material and business cards.  Invoice electronically.
  9. Institute a casual dress code:
    • Not having to wear hot suits in the summer can reduce the amount of cooling required in the workplace (and make a happier workplace).
  10. Buy fair trade, organic coffee and teas:
    • Providing coffee and tea to employees may reduce the need to drive to the local donut shop.  Encourage them to use their own mugs instead of paper or Styrofoam cups.