Come to the Green Side

July 13, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Green Tips

Brought to you by the Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council.

1.  Take public transportation, carpool, walk or bicycle to work.
2.  Turn off office lights whenyou are not going to be in the room for a significant period of time.
3.  Adjust your computer settings to go on standby after 15 minutes on inactivity.  Select “None” as your screensaver setting because screensavers do not save energy.
4.  Turn off your computer monitor whenever you are not using it.
5.  Reuse office paper for notes, memos or printing drafts of documents.
6.  Set defaults for copiers and printers to double-sided printing.
7.  Bring a reusable travel mug to work for coffee and lunch breaks.
8.  Use products efficiently and completely before discarding.
9.  Recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, toner cartridges, light bulbs, batteries and other waste for which recycling is available.
10.  Post memos and publications online or on an office bulletin board rather than printing multiple copies.
11.  Reuse file folders and envelopes, and keep mailing lists current.
12.  Share technical journals, magazines, newspapers and phonebooks with office colleagues.
13.  Edit documents on your computer screen rather than printing multiple drafts.
14.  Whenever possible, use e-mail for correspondence.
15.  Shut down your computer and other office equipment at the end of every workday.
16.  Buy from environmentally and socially responsible businesses.
17.  Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable batteries.
18.  Buy organic and locally grown foods for lunch.
19.  Save and reuse plastic bags and office packaging.
20.  Remove plants, books and furniture that block office vents and radiators to promote more efficiency.


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