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Do you every wonder if small changes can make a substantial or noticeable difference? One little change may or may not. But if enough changes are made, the world can be a more livable, sustainable place—and enjoy, too.

1. Embrace Green.

Look at your current business practices and make a dedicated effort at making practical, cost-effective, and sustainable changes to conserve and green the Earth.  This may also engage you to change some business behaviors, as well.  Get suggestions from staff.  Make it fun.

2. Audit your energy and reduce your costs.

If you are in a small office, your local utilities company may provide free energy audits.  For all offices, check with the property management company.  If you have to get outside help, it may be worth it.  Beware of companies to come in and do what your facilities team can do (analyzing lighting, heating, air conditioning, machinery, and office equipment) in determining and advising better energy efficiency practices.  

3. Make easy energy changes.

You can make easy changes that are healthy for the environment and staff alike.  LED and CFL light bulbs, minimizing paper usage, using "burn bin" or "recycled" paper as scrap paper, buying insulation blankets, use philodendrons and peace lilies absorb airborne pollutants, and so much more.

4. Green office supplies.

Eco-friendly office supplies are beneficial for our world, wallet, and company image.  Whether recyclable, non-toxic, earth-friendly, agriculturally-based, or energy-efficient, there are several companies to get these supplies.  

5. Begin a Green office initiative.

Begin programs to help your company as a whole embrace the green initiative.  Start programs such as, office recycling, green purchasing policies, save the water, paper waste prevention, and green cleaning.

6. Green communications.

Why not inform people so they understand that it is not as hard, time-consuming, or as costly as it may seem and with everyone's help it can be rewarding too.  Green teams, newsletters, packaging, meetings, periodic sustainability reports, marketing, and educating others are excellent ways to help your company be an eco-communicator.

7. Eco-perks.

This may be a little hard to do.  Perks are normally fun and luxurious.  Well, they still can be.  Use Flex Fuel or Hybrid cars, travel services, or a green office.  Many green offices are state of the art, more energy-efficient, and simply without clutter.  

8. Green connections.
How do you learn new things in an open, sharing environment?  Join a green business network and learn as much as you can!

9. Green finances.

This area is wider and simpler than you think and another area that you can receive help from your staff.  Gift cards, flex days, add personal days, and incentives for being green.  Then there is socially responsible investing with established mutual funds and stocks.

10. Don't push the button...take the stairs.

No surprises here!  You have heard this a thousand times.  Why wait for the elevator?  Save energy? Take the stairs. Climbing stairs burns up to 10 times more calories than standing in an elevator. Depending on type, capacity, and usage, an elevator's yearly energy usage can equal the energy used to power seven homes annually.  WOW!



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