“Green” Office Audit
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Greening Up the OfficeNAU Employee Development Conference February 2008Areas to consider:• Paper Use• Energy Use• Procurement (office supplies, products, services, and furniture)• Food in the Office• Waste and Recycling• Meetings, Events, and Travel• Transportation• Air Quality¾¾¾¾¾¾¾Paper UsageWhy it’s important:Each person in an office uses an average of 2.5 pounds of paper each week • With an office of 10 employees it would take ~1.5 years to go through 1 Ton of paper• It takes 390 gallons of oil to produce that ton of paper• 17 pulp trees are saved if that one ton of paper is made from recycled materialsA single mature tree can absorb 13 pounds of CO2 per year. • For every gallon of gas we burn we emit ~20 lbs of CO2Public landfills are approximately 36% waste paper products – by recycling, that space is savedWhat is saved by using recycled paper (1 ton)7,000 gallons of water4,100 kwh of energy74% of the air pollution and 35% of the water pollution associated with virgin paper productionPaper UsageWhat habits are alreadycommon in your office?Paper UsageMeasuring Where You Stand– Estimate how many reams of copy/printing paper your office purchased last year– Of these, how much of the paper was virgin pulp (as opposed to recycled content)– Are paper-saving strategies employed in your office? Could more be done?¾¾¾¾¾¾¾¾Paper UsageTaking ActionEmploy the most efficient possible use of paper by utilizing ...

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NAU
ing Up the 
Employee Development Conference
February 2008
Office
Areas to consider:
Paper Use Energy Use Procurement (office supplies, products, services, and furniture) Food in the Office Waste and Recycling Meetings, Events, and Travel Transportation Air Quality
Paper Usage
Why it’s important:
¾Each person in an office uses an average of 2.5 pounds of paper each week • With an office of 10 employees it would take ~1.5 years to go through 1 Ton of paper • It takes 390 gallons of oil to produce that ton of paper • 17 pulp trees are saved if that one ton of paper is made from recycled materials ¾A single mature tree can absorb 13 pounds of CO2 per year. • For every gallon of gas we burn we emit ~20 lbs of CO2 ¾Public landfills are approximately 36% waste paper products – by recycling, that space is saved ¾What is saved by using recycled paper (1 ton) ¾7,000 gallons of water ¾4,100 kwh of energy ¾74% of the air pollution and 35% of the water pollution associated with virgin paper production
Paper Usage
What habits are already
common in your office?
Paper Usage
Measuring Where You Stand
– Estimate how many reams of copy/printing paper your office purchased last year – Of these, how much of the paper was virgin pulp (as opposed to recycled content)
– Are paper-saving strategies employed in your office? Could more be done?
Paper Usage
Taking Action
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Employ the most efficient possible use of paper by utilizing double-sided photocopying and printing* Use e-mail, and voice mail to communicate whenever possible Try to purchase paper that has a high recycled content (30% or greater) and/or post-consumer waste content. Purchase chlorine-free when possible Conduct occasional paper audits by looking in waste bins to estimate how much paper was only used once and could have been used again. This can help you estimate how much money could have been saved by reuse ¾once, cut it into post-it sizedAlso, don’t recycle paper that has been used notes to take messages, etc. Use postcards for mailings when possible and use the smallest size envelope required “unsubscribe” to junk mail Help reduce paper waste by training staff on proper use of the copier and printer
Paper Usage
¾Offer forms and publications on your website so reports and documents can be downloaded and viewed on-screen ¾ADVERTISE! - Be sure printed publications indicate whether it is printed on recycled paper or used soy-based inks. Keep mailing lists up-to-date to avoid duplicates ¾of fax cover sheets; write on theEliminate use fax itself or attach a fax post-it ¾Use narrower margins and smaller fonts when acceptable. ¾REQUEST that print jobs and services be “green” too!
Energy
Why It s Important:
– Even when not in use, appliances use electricity. According to Co-op America, turning computers and copiers off after work can cut energy usage by up to 75% – Fans use 98% less energy than A.C. and make you feel up to 6 degrees cooler. – Adjusting thermostats just 2 degrees down in winter and 2 degrees up in summer can save up to 2000 lbs or carbon a year from going into the atmosphere
Energy
How is your office conserving already?
Energy
Measuring Where you Stand
Arrange a date and time to conduct an energy audit of your offices. This should be a time when most people have gone home from work. During this time, walk through a chosen area within your building/office and count how many monitors, lights and central processing units (the part of the computer with the disk drive) have been left on. This should give you an idea of where inefficiencies lie.
Energy
Taking Action
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Replace normal filament bulbs with energy efficient alternatives Encourage staff to switch off lights, computers, photocopiers and other electrical equipment at night. • Enable energy-saving features on all computers and copiers during business hours • Keep all non-essential equipment on a power strip for easy turn off Consider energy-efficiency when purchasing new equipment. EnergyStar approved? Call in a Work Order for inefficient windows and doors – most draughts can be taken care of with simple weather stripping or other sealant Utilize natural light to warm or cool the office Use rechargeable batteries when needed Make targets for reducing consumption personal and practical