posted on Mar, 15 2008 @ 12:01 PM
To minimize negative environmental impacts and to reduce operating costs while conserving resources, try some of the following tips:
1. Switch off lights when they are not needed.
2. Call Maintenance to remove excess light tubes and ballasts.
3. Switch off computers when they are not being used within two hours.
4. Upgrade computer displays with LCD flat screens instead of old-style CRTs.
5. Use electronic equipment that goes into an energy saving mode when not being used.
6. Don’t use electric space heaters ... call Maintenance to fix heat problems.
7. Centralize and share beverage and food machines (microwave ovens, coffee makers, blenders, etc.) rather than having duplicate equipment in each
8. If chilly and the current office temperature is between 68F and 75F, consider wearing more or heavier clothing rather than turning the heat up.
1. Make double-sided copies whenever possible or practical.
2. Use the backs of single-sided copies for scratch paper prior to recycling.
3. Avoid making copies by using electronic distributions.
4. Make good use of scanning technology and e-mail attachments instead of faxing.
5. Use paper with high post-consumer content.
6. Avoid using Styrofoam and plastic products ... substitute with paper or reusable products whenever possible.
7. Don’t print draft materials ... proof read off of video displays?
8. Encourage the use of on-line forms rather than paper forms.
9. Don’t stockpile online forms in hard copy format ... only print them as needed.
10. Recycle office paper, cardboard and newsprint.
11. Use re-usable containers and utensils rather than single-use items.
12. Don’t discard paperclips rubber bands ... reuse them or give them to others who might need them.
13. Recycle toner cartridges by returning them to the purchase point or to General Support Services.
1. Don’t run water to get a cooler drink ... use ice cubes or refrigerated water.
2. Don’t run water continuously when brushing teeth or washing. Only run the water when actually using it.
3. Use cold water instead of hot water whenever possible.
1. Ride U-Pass, Sea Wolf Shuttle, or carpool.
2. Use engine block heaters when the temperature drops below 20F.
3. Consolidate and coordinate supply trips.
4. Commit to one or two days per week of not using your car.
5. Do not leave vehicles idling for excessive periods.
6. Walk, bike, skate, or ski if practical rather than drive.
What other things can you do to minimize negative environmental impacts?