When spring rolls around, we’re often thinking about sneezing cause of pollen ways to help save the environment. Since we’re all about the jungle (and considering we have a gorilla as our mascot,) let’s talk about one of our most valuable resources: the rainforest.
According to The Nature Conservancy, 50 percent of the world’s plants and animals can be found in rainforests. The rainforest is also home 121 natural remedies that can be used as medicines.
Although rainforests are such a valuable resource for wildlife, almost 1.5 acres of forest are cut down every second. At this rate, our rainforests could vanish within 100 years.
Below are a few ways you can conserve resources in your office to help future generations get outside and enjoy nature.
Use Green Cleaners
Try to use cleaners in your office that do not contain harmful chemicals or dyes. There are many options out there for green anti-bacterial wipes, sprays, or soaps that are better for your skin and the environment. Using eco-friendly cleaning products can help improve the air quality in your office.
Be Smart About Your Printing
According to The Paperless Project, paper is one of the biggest components of solid waste in U.S. landfills, taking up 26 million tons of space. If you need to print out whatever document you have open, get rid of bold headers and change the text to a thinner font (Arial and Century Gothic for example). For any forms that need to be filled out, there are many programs out there that will allow you to fill PDF forms. Adobe Acrobat is the most popular program to do this. If you are concerned about paper waste, consider adding a disclaimer at the bottom of your email signature asking others to think before they print. Also, consider what impact color printing will have on the environment and try to print your document in black and white if possible.
Optimize Your Computer for Energy Savings
Believe it or not, the settings on your computer can have an impact on the environment. Turn off your monitor if you will not be using your computer in 20 minutes or less. If you plan on stepping away from your computer for more than two hours, turn it off entirely. According to energy.gov, doing these two steps alone can help you save $30 on your next electric bill. It will also help reduce your carbon footprint.
If you are a Mac user, you can go to your system preferences and select the “Energy Saver” button. You will then be able to control how long it takes for your display and computer to go to sleep.
Also consider enabling energy saving options. For windows users, you can search for power settings on the search bar below the start menu. You will then be able to select from two different options:
- Balanced (Default Setting) – Won’t compromise energy efficiency for performance
- Power saver – Saves energy by reducing your computer’s performance where possible.
Once you select from either of these settings, you will then be able to choose how long your computer should be inactive for before going to sleep. Also remember to power down your computer when you are ready to leave.
Be Bright… Remember to Turn off the Light!
Ensure that you and your co-workers are turning lights off when you exit the room. If you can, set desks up by windows to take advantage of natural lighting. This will reduce the need for additional lighting at your employee’s workstations. Consider installing motion sensors in your office if you find that employees are having trouble shutting lights off.
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