Ideas for Going Green in the Workplace
Our activities leave imprints on our planet and some of these activities may be harmful to the environment and to us, ultimately. Little wonder the media has been awash with news and discussions on climate change; the polar icecaps melting and the environmental temperatures getting higher globally.
Since many of these activities are work-related, corporate bodies, governments, and pro-environmental organizations are beginning to rethink what we do and how we do those things in the workplace.
Going green is the only path to leaving a habitable planet for the next generation. This involves changing the paradigm in work and workplace design to ensure we leave the environment robust and healthy.
Benefits of Going Green in the Workplace
Going green not only benefits the environment, it also benefits the businesses and organizations themselves.
Lower Operational Costs
One key benefit to business owners is that it saves cost of running the business. Apple, for instance, recently opened a $5 billion headquarters called Apple Park. The headquarters has a suite of solar panels that can generate 4 million watts of energy, potentially saving the company billions of dollars in energy costs.
Government Incentives and Partnerships
The United States government offers incentives at local, state, and federal levels to business owners who follow the bare minimum environmental regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
are given in many forms, including tax breaks and credits.
For instance, the US federal government offers a green energy tax reduction of $1.80 per square foot to companies that reduce energy consumption by at least 50 percent. The use of energy-efficient products such as lighting and cooling systems also attracts a tax reduction of $0.60 per square foot for business owners.
In addition, government procurement is shifting towards selecting business owners with green initiatives as their suppliers and business partners. This creates more opportunities and a larger business network for your company.
Enhance Consumer Perception
Also, knowing that your company has adopted environmental-friendly policies and green initiatives changes customer perception. One
a company donates towards eco-friendly and green initiatives.
TOMS is another such company. The shoe and coffee company has provided about 47 million liters of pure drinking water to people in need of it around the world. The company is currently valued at $600 million.
Attract and Retain the Best Talents
Going green also helps your company retain the best talents. The same Nielsen study cited above found that about 70 percent of workers preferred to work in companies that are socially responsible.
showed that there were 16 percent more employees in organizations with green practices than in those without any.
Some Green Workplace Ideas
From your office culture to your office design and supplies, there are many green initiatives you can employ to sustain our environment and improve your employee health at the same time.
We can begin to sustain our environment from our workplaces; making changes to what we do, consume, and how we get energy. It not only benefits our environment, it keeps us healthy and it is completely achievable.