- Step 1: Educate yourself Educate yourself about the local, state, and federal environmental regulations that apply to your business. Failing to follow applicable regulations can lead to costly fines and penalties.
- Step 2: Evaluate your business Take a look at the waste your business produces, and see how you can reduce it.
- Step 3: Save paper Save paper. Recycle paper products and encourage employees to archive their work electronically—and not print out every email or document that comes their way.
- Step 4: Drink smart Instead of supplying cans of soda, install a fountain. Use a water cooler instead of bottled water.
- TIP: If you provide coffee for your employees, stop providing disposable cups and encourage them to bring in their own mugs.
- Step 5: Lower the thermostat Lower the thermostat in winter and encourage people to bring in light sweaters to wear in the office.
- Step 6: Use CFBs Replace your lightbulbs with the more energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
- Step 7: Get an energy audit Your utility company will provide a free or low-cost energy audit that recommends ways to improve your energy efficiency, which will result in lower energy bills.
- Step 8: Reduce travel Reduce traveling by using alternatives like teleconferencing.
- TIP: Cut down on car pollution by letting some employees work from home.
- Step 9: Buy green Tell your suppliers you’re interested in purchasing equipment and supplies that are recycled, renewable, or refurbished. If possible, only work with companies that are environmentally conscious as well.
- Step 10: Detoxify Properly dispose of things like copy-machine toner and batteries.
- Step 11: Recycle old electronics Recycle old electronics like computers and company cell phones by donating them to charitable causes or returning them to manufacturers who can salvage parts.
- Step 12: Get everyone involved Make your employees part of the process by soliciting suggestions and rewarding employees who make environmental contributions.
- FACT: General Mills now recycles its oat hulls, a byproduct of making Cheerios. In 2006, the company recycled over 86 percent of its solid waste, earning more than what it had cost to get rid of it.
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