Even though every month is Earth month, April is the designated time to celebrate eco-friendly experiences, raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability. Union Station in Washington DC is holding the month-long celebration that includes a farmer’s market, green fashion show, science fair, and various exhibits. While most of us can’t make it to DC to partake in these events, we can start making a difference at home or at work. Here are a few eco-friendly tips that you can use to celebrate Earth Month.
Cut Down on Office Transportation
Encourage employees to start carpooling, riding a bike, or walking to work if possible. Provide parking incentives like closer to the building or shaded parking spots. Consider telecommuting one day a week. Bike racks might also be the little extra push employees need for riding their bike to work.
Buy used or high-quality equipment
Office equipment like copiers creates a lot of landfill waste. If you buy used equipment you can help eliminate some of that waste but make sure they are still efficient. On the other side, buying high-quality equipment will not become obsolete as quickly so you can avoid having to buy new stuff and contributing to waste. Buying used furniture or remanufactured cubicles can also help with environmental savings.
Program the thermostat
Like houses, office thermostats can be programmed to ensure maximum efficiency after hours or on weekends when people aren’t at the office. You can also set the thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer. But encourage employees to bring personal fans or sweaters so they can work comfortably.
Use natural lighting
Install windows or skylights so you can use natural sunlight instead of electrical lighting. Natural lighting can also reduce fatigue and stress to make the workplace a healthier place.
Adjust computer settings
Ask the IT department to set computers to go to sleep when not in use. Contrary to popular belief, screen savers are actually energy hogs. Change screen savers to none or blank screen. You can also encourage employees to shut down and unplug computers when they leave the office for the day.