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  1. More Work, Less Energy
    Optimizing the energy settings for computers and other devices can be more than a modest energy saver. Set computers to energy-saving settings and make sure to shut them down when you leave for the day. Standby settings will continue to draw power even when not in use. Printers, scanners, and other peripherals that are only used occasionally can be unplugged until they are needed. And of course, turn off lights in spaces that are unoccupied. Incandescent bulbs can be replaced with compact fluorescents Captain Green energy saving bulbs and there is an ever-growing selection of  desk lamps and bulbs that use miniscule amounts of energy.

  2. Digitize- Don’t be a Paper Pusher
    It does seem a bit weird that in the digital age we still consume enormous amounts of, bleached tree pulp, most of which gets used once or twice and then tossed. The greenest route is no  paper at all, so keep things digital and dematerialized whenever possible. The more you do online, the better. Keep files on computers instead of in file cabinets (this also makes it easier to make offsite backup copies or take them with you when you move to a new office). Read documents onscreen rather than printing them out. Send emails instead of paper letters. If you must print use both sides of the paper where possible and use misprints as notepaper. If your office ships packages, reuse boxes and use shredded waste paper as packing material. When buying printer paper, look for recycled paper with a high percentage of post-consumer content and the minimum of chlorine bleaching. Even recycled paper swallows up a great deal of energy, water, and chemical resources in its processing.

  3. Greening the Commute
    Today even in Africa we are spending hundreds of combined hours per year commuting through rush hour traffic. This adds up to thousands of litres of fuel wasted in traffic each year. We can ease some of this strain by carpooling, taking public transit, biking, walking, or a creative combination thereof. For those who think bike riding is for kids and couriers, consider trying it for a couple of days a week. One can also try working from home, instant messaging, video conferencing, and other innovative workflow tools make effective telecommuting a reality. If you can telecommute, hold phone conferences, take online classes, or otherwise work from home, give it a try. It'll save you the time you would have spent and also save the planet another unnecessary trip.

  4. Use Green Materials.
    Use biodegradable soaps and recycled paper or cloth towels in the bathroom and kitchen, and provide biodegradable cleaners for the custodial staff. Buy in bulk so that shipping and packaging waste are reduced, and reuse the shipping boxes.

  5. Redesign the Workspace
    Greening the space in which you work has almost limitless possibilities. Start with good furniture, good lighting, and good air. Not only is natural daylight a free source of lighting for the office, it has been proven to improve worker productivity and satisfaction (as well as boost sales in retail settings).

  6. Lunch Time
    we’ve all got to eat, and most of us do it every day. It stands to reason that our collective food choices have a huge impact on the planet. Bringing lunch to work in re-usable containers is likely the greenest (and healthiest) way to eat at work. Getting delivery and takeout almost inevitably ends with a miniature mountain of packaging waste. But if you do order delivery, join co-workers in placing a large order (more efficient than many separate ones). Also, bring in a reusable plate, mug, glasses and keep handy utensils for visitors so that you reduce or eliminate use of paper cups. If you do go out for lunch, try biking or walking instead of driving. To bring it back to basics, there are four principles that can help guide you to greener meals: eat local, eat seasonal, eat organic, and finally, eat less meat.

  7. Become an Eco-warrior-spread the word.
    Share these tips with your colleagues. Ask your boss to purchase carbon offsets for corporate travel by car and plane. Arrange an office carpool or group bike commute. Ask the office manager to make sure everyone has a small recycling bin so that recycling is just as easy as throwing paper away.


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