⇨ Shut off all monitors or put computers into energy saving modes to save energy while your computer is not in use.
⇨ Change computer preferences to sustainable power settings—these include a faster sleep time and also lower lighting (such as dimming the screen and keyboard).
⇨ Put all copiers and printers into sleep mode after a short period of inactivity.
⇨ Make sure all lights are turned off when a room is not in use (including all offices, closets and bathrooms).
⇨ Use CFL (compact fluorescent light bulbs) or LED lights in all desk lamps and light fixtures.
⇨ Make sure the temperature and fan settings are at appropriate levels.
⇨ Use central power strips to turn off individual work stations each night.
⇨ Microwaves, coffee makers and other appliances should be unplugged at night.
⇨ During the winter, all windows should be shut tightly and all blinds should be closed at night.
⇨ Recycling bins should be present in all common areas as well as other rooms where trash bins are also present (kitchens, break rooms, mail rooms, copy rooms).
⇨ Accurately labeled recycling signs should be clearly posted near every recycling bin.
⇨ Recycling bins should also be present at every meeting or event sponsored by the office.
⇨ Before disposal of furniture and equipment, contact Facilities and Operations to see if the objects can be reused.
⇨ There should be at least one recycling bin for small electronic waste: CFL’s, CD’s, batteries, cell phones, pagers, PDA’s, ink cartridges etc. Batteries and ink cartridges can be taken to the Wohlsen Center to be recycled.
⇨ Each work area or desk should have its own recycling bin.
⇨ Reduce paper margins to decrease paper consumption.
⇨ Print and copy on both sides of a piece of paper whenever possible. Place a sign reminding employees to do so.
⇨ Reuse paper that has only been printed on one side and keep a scrap paper box beside each printer or copier.
⇨ Promote the use and reuse of inter-office envelopes whenever possible.
⇨ Have a designated area for sharing office supplies that can be reused (file folders, binders, paper clips, pens).
⇨ Contact magazine and new distributors to receive fewer publications to the office.
⇨ If a newsletter is published, it should mainly be distributed electronically.
⇨ Contact distributors to use paper with 100% recycled paper.
⇨ For printing done outside department, ask if the paper used complies with Forest Stewardship Council certifications.
⇨ Ask external printing contractor to use vegetable-based inks for publications.
⇨ Design publications that use fewer varnishes and coatings.
EVENTS AND MEETINGS:
⇨ Before any meeting or event, remind attendees to bring reusable mugs or silverware if snacks and beverages are being served.
⇨ Use reusable cups, dishware and utensils whenever possible.
⇨ Use recycled paper products over plastic.
⇨ Buy as much in bulk as possible (sugar, salt, condiments, beverages).
⇨ Ensure that employees feel as though there are bike racks conveniently stationed near all offices.
⇨ Promote F&M’s carpooling — when coordinating events, try to limit the amount of transportation used. Take a large van instead of individual cars.
⇨ Make sure employees and office members know of rideshares, biking options, and options for public transportation.
⇨ Research environmentally friendly transportation companies (Zip Car, Planet Tran).
⇨ Use hotels that have green certifications: US EPA, Energy Star label, LEED, EcoRoom.
KITCHEN AND BREAKROOMS:
⇨ Only purchase napkins, paper towels or other like products containing 100% recycled content.
⇨ Use environmentally safe dishwashing soap.
⇨ Replace bottle water service will a charcoal other simple water filtration system.
⇨ Switch to using tap water.
⇨ Environmentally safe products for home and office can be easily found!
o Also, sustainable products can be found locally such as Home Depot and Target.
⇨ Before purchasing any new furniture or equipment, check with F&O to see if there are any available.
⇨ Purchase paper with 100% recycled content for printing and copying.
⇨ Use Energy Star or EPEAT certified appliances.
⇨ All other paper products used should contain 100% recycled materials (post-its, envelopes).