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Greening Your Office

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You likely spend more waking time in your office than your home, so if you want to be more ecofriendly overall, making a change at the office is the way to go. Surprisingly, being green doesn’t always cost more, either — in fact, in many cases it can save your company money — and what boss doesn’t care about the bottom line?
As Greening Your Office shows, all it takes to make a difference to the environment via your office is a first step toward greener practices, although there are many opportunities to make changes of value. From choosing the best office products, to handling your waste management and recycling streams, to picking the most environmentally friendly furniture and lighting, every office will benefit from making one or all of the changes outlined in this book.
Authors Jill Doucette and Lee Johnson emphasize that these changes need not be expensive, intimidating, or difficult, as they take you through their triple-bottomline framework of People, Planet, and Profit.
This book guides the way to sustainable changes and practices, simply, affordably, and smartly; it will help you discover opportunities to make positive changes that benefit your business, the community, and the environment. Follow the tips, and the result will be a workplace with a lower environmental footprint, better morale, and the potential for cost savings.
1 Why Go Green at the Office? 1
1. What Is a Green Office? 1
2. Why Should Your Office Go Green? 2
3. What Are the Benefits? 3
2 People, Planet, Profit: Balancing the Triple-Bottom-Line 5
1. People 6
2. Planet 8
3. Profit 8
3 Common Barriers to a Green Office 11
1. Barrier 1: Time 12
2. Barrier 2: Authority 14
3. Barrier 3: Cash 16
4. Barrier 4: Knowledge 17
5. Final Word on Barriers 18
4 What Are the Benefits of a Green Office? 19
1. Running a More Cost-Effective Office 19
2. Boosting Employee Morale 21
3. Brand Loyalty and Marketability 22
4. Reducing Risk in a Changing World 22
5. Being a Leader in Office Sustainability 23
5 How to Get Started 25
1. The Four Phases of a Successful Green Office Program 25
6 How to Assess Your Office’s Environmental Performance 29
7 Engaging Your Team 35
1. Seven Steps for Green Leadership and Transformation 35
2. Inspiration 37
3. Communicating Changes in Corporate Culture 37
4. Form a Green Team 39
5. Education and Awareness 40
iv Greening Your Office
8 Becoming a Green Office 43
1. Paper and Printing 43
2. Office Products 47
3. Green Cleaning Products 50
4. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Indoor Air Quality 58
5. Catering and Food Products 59
6. Mail and Courier 64
7. Waste Management 66
8. Transportation 70
9. Water 76
10. Electronics 79
11. Lighting 87
12. Windows 92
13. Heating and Cooling 94
14. Furniture 98
15. Renovations 100
9 Making Your Office Carbon Neutral 105
1. Measuring Your Carbon Footprint 105
2. Carbon Credits 109
10 Marketing 111
1. Ways to Promote Your Achievements 112
2. Greenwashing 113
3. Greenhushing 114
Conclusion 117
Download Kit 119
Checklists
1 Green Office Assessment 31
2 Assess Your Cleaning Products 57
3 Eight Questions to Ask Your Catering Company 63
4 Waste Audit 69
5 Questions to Ask Your Recycling Provider 70
6 Energy Audit 80
Tables
1 Top Ten Green Office Cost Savers 20
2 Green Labels 51
3 Green Alternatives to Mail 65
4 Waste Reduction 66
5 Inkjet versus Laser Printers 84
6 Lighting Audit 88
7 Lighting Types 91

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Published 30 April 2015
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EAN13 9781770409644
Language English

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