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12 Ways to Go Green at Work

12 Ways to Go Green at Work

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The purchase and use of environmentally-friendly products can have a big impact, and not just on the environment. Buying green affects everything from worker safety to the bottom line.

- Products that are reusable, refillable, more durable or repairable create less waste and are more cost-effective in the long run than disposable or single-use products.
The purchase and use of environmentally-friendly products can have a big impact, and not just on the environment. Buying green affects everything from worker safety to the bottom line.

- Products that are reusable, refillable, more durable or repairable create less waste and are more cost-effective in the long run than disposable or single-use products.

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 637 S. Victory Blvd.| Burbank, CA 91502 | Phone: (818) 567-4400 | Fax: (818) 567-4401www.fhofficesystems.com 
12 Ways to Go Green at Work 
Below are 12 helpful tips to go green at work.
 1) Spend Smart on Green
 The purchase and use of environmentally-friendly products can have a big impact, and not juston the environment. Buying green affects everything from worker safety to the bottom line.- Products that are reusable, refillable, more durable or repairable create less waste and are morecost-effective in the long run than disposable or single-use products.- Manufacturing recycled products uses less energy than goods made from virgin materials.Buying recycled products keeps recycling programs going and saves natural resources.- Using energy-efficient and water-conserving products saves money and resources. Whenmaking purchasing decisions, it pays to do a little homework. Consider the following:- Is the product less hazardous?- Is it reusable or more durable?- Is it made from recycled materials? Do we really need to buy a virgin product when therecycled version is just as good?- What happens to the product at the end of its life? Can it be recycled? Will the manufacturer take the product back? Will it need special disposal?- Does it conserve energy or water?- Is it made from renewable plant-based raw materials?
2) Leave a Big Mark-Not a Big Footprint
Living and working green means knowing your carbon footprint and takingsteps to balance its impact. Offsetting your company
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s carbon footprint is thefastest and most economical way to help protect critical forests worldwide,which is one of the most effective solutions to climate change. One way to offsetyour carbon footprint is to support renewable energy (energy generated fromrenewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal) by buying renewableenergy credits (RECs). Additionally, utility companies may work with industrialand commercial consumers to implement on-site energy-efficiency measures which can decreaseusage or shift a portion of it to off-peak hours and rates.
3) Be a Star-Buy Energy Star
 The next time your office is in the market for computer equipment, printers, faxmachines, kitchen appliances or even light bulbs, look for the Energy Star certification. Energy Star products are among the top energy performers on themarket. One example of why is that some Energy Star products power downautomatically when not in use-conserving up to 75% of electricity compared tostandard models. They reduce pollution, lower energy bills, generate less heatand have a longer life span than other equipment. See www.energystar.gov for more information.
 
 637 S. Victory Blvd.| Burbank, CA 91502 | Phone: (818) 567-4400 | Fax: (818) 567-4401www.fhofficesystems.com 
4) Get Energized
 Of the $250 billion spent per year on powering computers worldwide, only about 15% of that power is spent computing-the rest is wasted idling. 40% of the energy used for electronics isused while these devices are turned off. Obviously, just because a device is turned off or not inuse, it doesn
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t mean that it isn
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t eating up electricity. In fact, even when a computer is switchedoff, the surge protector can still draw energy-up to 75%!- Programming your computer to sleep after 30 minutes of non-use can cut power demand by upto 90%.- Stepping away for longer than 30 minutes? Turn the computer off and unplug the surge protector. (Booting up again uses the equivalent of only two seconds of run time and won
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t hurtthe hard drive).- Monitors are especially big energy drains. Be sure to turn them off after 20 minutes of non-use.- Printers, scanners and peripherals that are only used occasionally should be unplugged untilneeded.
5) Get the Green Light
 Making green choices when it comes to lighting not only provides energyefficiency and savings, it also adds to the comfort, productivity and ambienceof your workplace.- Replace regular incandescent bulbs and fixtures with Energy Star-qualifiedcompact fluorescent lights (CFLs). CFLs cast a warmer, soft white glow.Although initially more expensive than regular bulbs, they use between 60% and 80% lessenergy and last much longer (between 6,000 and 15,000 hours compared with about 1,000 hourswith incandescents).- Use task lighting.- Install dimmers and timers to extend bulb life.- Don
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t underestimate the power of natural daylight, it
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s free, it
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s pleasant and has been proven toimprove worker productivity and customer satisfaction. Also, be sure that walls are painted in alight color to enhance the advantage of that natural light.- Lighting accounts for up to 50% of a building
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s energy consumption. By simply turning off unnecessary lights, you can reduce the amount of energy used for lighting by up to 45%.
6) Use and Re-use
 Reusing products delays or avoids altogether their entry into the waste stream, so think refillable,rechargeable, not disposable, whenever possible.- Challenge your associates to think of ways to give new life to used items, for instance,shredded waste paper makes great packing material.- Set up an area to store and exchange reusable office supplies such as binders.
 
 637 S. Victory Blvd.| Burbank, CA 91502 | Phone: (818) 567-4400 | Fax: (818) 567-4401www.fhofficesystems.com 
If you can
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t reuse a product, there are usually others who can. Go to www.kab.org (KeepAmerica Beautiful) for suggestions on exchange programs and other reuse strategies.
7) Clean Conscience Cleaning
 Five billion pounds of chemicals are used annually for institutional cleaning.The good news is that the risk of injury from chemicals and environmentaldamage can be dramatically reduced by replacing the most dangerouscleaning products with safer ones.- Opt for solutions that are non-toxic, non-VOC (volatile organic compound),water-based, biodegradable, phosphate-, chlorine- and ammonia-free andthose with ingredients derived from renewable resources, not petroleum.- Buy in concentrate and bulk so that shipping and packaging waste is reduced.
8) Breathe Easy
 Here
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s what the air in any office setting can potentially contain: ozone generated by photocopiers, dust, allergens, outdoor fumes brought in by the central air conditioning; gaseouschemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from furniture, paint andcarpeting. And then there
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s the stuff dragged in on our shoes: oil, antifreeze, particulate pollution, pollen, etc. All combine to create unsafe air quality and contribute to Sick Building Syndrome.What can you do to clean up the air in your workplace?- Look for low VOC alternatives in carpets, adhesives, paints, evenfurniture.- Help keep what
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s on the sidewalk out with quality doormats or entryway track-off systems.Remember, less dirt also means less sweeping, mopping and vacuuming,which means less work, water, energy and fewer chemicals.
9) Sitting Pretty
 Making environmentally savvy choices in office furniture is getting easier and easier. Whether a piece of furniture is made from wood, cloth, metal or plastic, there are earth-friendly options.- Opt for modular office suites. These component-based systems let you reconfigure workspacesand mix and match as your needs change, helping to eliminate the need to buy new.- Use flexible interior features, such as movable walls to help reduce wasteassociated with renovations.Don
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t overlook the fact that, even if it
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s initially more expensive, buying qualityfurniture that
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s durable and can be readily repaired could easily save money inthe long run, plus, lessen the chance that it
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ll end up in the landfill.

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