101 Tips for a Greener Future

April 21, 2009


1. Provide individual or cardboard boxes for each desktop.

2. Provide recycling containers next to each copier, printer or fax (most containers that increase the use paper).

3. Reuse cardboard boxes for shipment, and use the shredded paper as packing material.

4. Ask the building's management to implement a recycling program, and if not available, to identify potential recipients of recyclables.

5. Request the Administration to improve existing recycling programs by incorporating other types of materials (batteries, plastics, glass, etc.).

6. Establish a place in the office to recycle used batteries and other miscellaneous.

7. Contact a recycler of electronic parts and cellular phones.

8. Recycle old furniture when possible.

9. Place signs in the production areas and cafeterias as a reminder to reduce, reuse and recycle, and remember the 3R's for the induction of new employees.

10.Switch to refillable pens and pencils made from materials.

11.Use the envelopes a second time by placing a new label.

12.Invite the staff can not be recycled some
materials in his House to bring them to the office to be recycled.

13.Establish a common place for office products that can be reused.

14.Offer prizes quarterly, semiannual or annual
innovation initiatives of employees in efforts to
improve environmental friendly at the office.
15.Promote environmental education through websites
related to environmental initiatives.
16.Encourage employees to turn off lights when
leaving a conference room or other spaces that are
17.Give prominence to its "green initiatives" in the induction of new employees.

18.Change the hours of night to day cleaning, so that the lights stay off at night.

19.Establish a "Green Team" to implement plans for the environmentally friendly office.

20.Challenge employees to submit ideas for reducing energy consumption and create a contest with prizes.

21.Share best practices to listen to other offices and departments.

22.Encourage employees to bring their lunch in reusable containers, and set in order to suggest when ordering.

23.Promote e-marketing rather than mass distribution of printed materials.

24.Avoid using a presentation page.

25.Remove the printed invitations and memos using email.

26.Adjust the automatic controls of the computers to save energy.

27.Ensure that employees turn off all computers at the end of the day (the "saving" energy spent).

28.Predetermine the copier to use both sides of the paper.

29.Predetermine the printer to print two pages per side, and urge employees to use this feature.

30.Switch off before you leave all equipment when not in use, except the fax.

31.Use recycled toner cartridges or refilling for
printers and copiers.
32.Reuse paper that was printed on one side for reuse
in drafts and annotated before being recycled.

33.Cree blocks of letters to employees with paper used by one side.

34.Take the time to respond to correspondence that is not wrong to continue sending.

35.Contact directly to companies that send you
catalogs and print ads not requested to be removed from their lists.

36.Notify the staff receiving unsolicited email that must be reported if it continues to arrive after requesting to be removed.

37.Encourage the use of paper has only been printed on one side.

38.Use reports to discard old print on the other side.

39.Use the simple process of scanning and electronic mail to reduce the volume of faxes.

40.Use the simple process of scanning and electronic mail to reduce the volume of prints

41.Encourage employees to post and read files without printing them.

42.Use power strips with a simple button ON / OFF so that all teams can shut down together.

43.Organize and use an electronic filing system
instead of paper files.

44.Promote the use of electronic fly instead of

45.Remove screen savers, which consumes energy

46.Place the phone book listings and monthly schedules electronically, instead of sending them as attachments to print.

47.Use the potential payments and credit cards to avoid electronic invoices and receipts in paper.

48.Send files as PowerPoint presentations that PPS can not be printed.

49.Establish partnerships with charitable
organizations to stop donating used cell phones, cartridges tones, batteries, etc.. they produce funds.

50.Consider volunteering your equipment in an
environmental organization, to plant a tree or make cleanings.

51.Promote Earth Day by offering other ways to
commemorate (sharing a car, attending to work by bicycle, etc.). And putting tips on energy saving.

52.Circle one document that is common to all reading.

53.Avoid printing in color or on colored paper if possible, since all the pigments and dyes have an environmental impact.

54.Scan letterheads letterhead to produce electronic formats.

55.When I rent a car for business use, ask for an environmentally friendly vehicle that has the capacity for the group.

56.Scan and send documents via email instead of postal mail.

57.Consolidate orders in the case of block transfers between branches.

58.Keep blinds closed during the peak sun hours (all seasons), and especially on weekends.

59.If your office has dishwasher, use it when it is full and let the dishes air dry naturally.


60.Install light sensors to reduce artificial lighting during peak daylight.

61.Install motion detectors in offices and conference rooms to ensure that lights are only used when they are busy.

62.Install low voltage lighting.

63.Install Time Controls (timers) and program the lighting to turn off as scheduled.

64.Use polarized glasses or stained for greater
efficiency and to reduce heat absorption.

65.Take an air conditioning system on demand.

66.Ask the administration to check the thermostat twice a year to ensure that they work properly.

67.Program the thermostat, taking into account energy efficiency during weekends and evenings.

68.Make sure that the renovations include
environmentally friendly carpet or material

69.Verify that the office space with lights, sensors and controls the efficient use of energy.

70.Order a LEED environmental certification type relocalice when their offices.

71.Use plants to promote cleanliness and freshness of the air.

72.Consider the balance between the benefits of
natural light and temperature regulation.

73.Buy ceramic dishes and glass to reduce paper waste, plastic and foam.

74.Avoid locating lamps next to the thermostat, since its heat causes the air conditioning system work harder than necessary.

75.Make arrangements with your manager to ensure that the energy consumption of your space is measured separately, so you can monitor the results of their efforts to save energy.

76.When touching up the painting of an area, ask the contractor paints low VOC (volatile organic compounds) or with green seal.


77.Discontinue the purchase of bottled water.

78.Provide each employee a cup with the name of the company, to promote the signature and reduce despercios.

79.Buy organic coffee and tea or labeled as socially responsible.

80.Only use paper products (paper towels, napkins, plates and cups) containing 50% or more of post-consumer recycled content.

81.Use, or ask the cleaning company you use,
environmentally friendly cleaning products.

82.Make sure that the machines have parts that require ability to avoid electronic faxes, printing and shipping of orders.

83.Replace paper products in bathrooms with those with post-consumer recycled content.

84.Buy recycled folders.

85.Buy copy paper and printing and recycling of toner cartridges recycled.

86.Buy holder and file folders recycled post-consumer material.

87.Buy environmentally friendly furniture or rebuilt.

88.Buy bookbinding materials, roofing, etc..
environmentally friendly or recycled.

89.Buy in bulk or consolidate orders from time to time to avoid extra packaging and transportation.

90.Try to get office supplies via electronic order system from your provider of choice, to make the process more efficient and reduce paper waste.

91.Use printing services as required according to demand, instead of ordering large quantities in bulk marketing materials (brochures, etc.)..

92.Use chlorine-free paper (unbleached) for paper products that are not for print (folders,
envelopes, etc.)..

93.Use, or ask them to use clean, wiping instead of wasting paper towels.

94.Instead of ordinary light bulbs, use efficient light bulb for her office.

95.Visit bsd.officedepot.com / buygreen for ideas as to supply environmentally friendly.

96.If you sponsor an event that involves food and drink, ask a vendor whose operation is sustainable.

97.Encourage your team members to use public
transportation when available.

98.Provide incentives such as free parking or highway passes paid to employees using shared transport.

99.Ask the administration to provide a place to store bicycles, to promote bicycle transportation to work.

100.Make meetings by electronic means of
teleconferencing instead of traveling.

101.Conduct a contest to see how many employees can have a free day of car, offering a snack or an environmentally friendly prize to the participants.

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