Tips To Green The Office & School Plus Canadian Tips


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Useful tips to "go green" in the office and in school -- tips to save energy and money. Includes tips specific to Canada.

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Tips To Green The Office & School Plus Canadian Tips

  1. 1. Tips to GREEN the office & school
  2. 2. Write an “ECO GREEN MISSION STATEMENT” <ul><li>“ We care passionately about the environment, and are taking steps to ensure that there is an earth for future generations. Please support us by recycling whenever possible.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Register your school & office @
  4. 4. Do a “Waste Audit” <ul><li>List all the recyclable material used. </li></ul><ul><li>See which dept. generates the waste. </li></ul><ul><li>List what is being recycled now. </li></ul><ul><li>Figure out how many lbs. is being disposed of, and the best way to recycle it. </li></ul>
  5. 5. RECYCLE <ul><li>Everything that can be recycled </li></ul><ul><li>Paper </li></ul><ul><li>Cans </li></ul><ul><li>Cardboard </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic Bottles </li></ul><ul><li>Ink cartridges </li></ul><ul><li>CD’s …etc. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Recycling Companies that pick up <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. Buy GREEN office products <ul><li>There are so many choices when it comes to Eco Green Office & School supplies. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Companies that sell GREEN office products <ul><li> only carries recycled office products, and they deliver. </li></ul><ul><li> carries several recycled office products, and they deliver. </li></ul><ul><li> carries some recycled office products. </li></ul><ul><li>Shop around and ask questions </li></ul>
  9. 9. Set up an “Office Supply Swap Area” <ul><li>Encourage everyone that they should use the swap area first, before they order more supplies. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Get an Energy Audit done <ul><li>Call 1-800- O-CANADA and find a company that can address all your concerns. </li></ul><ul><li>A typical Energy Audit will determine where your building is leaking. How efficient your heating and cooling systems are, and where you can conserve. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Switch all light bulbs to CFL’s or LED’s
  12. 12. Turn off all lights when not in use. <ul><li>Install light motion sensors in boardrooms, and other rooms that are not used often. </li></ul><ul><li>Over head fluorescent lights that are over 10 years old, should be replaced with T-8 or T-5 tubes. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a “Master Switch” or “Green Switch” installed, so it is one switch to turn off everything, stopping vampire power. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Use Natural Light when possible
  14. 14. Have a “Green Switch” Installed as well as a “Programmable Thermostat”
  15. 15. Use Smart Strips for computers, printers, and fax machines. <ul><li>Plug everything in, even things that can not be turned off. </li></ul><ul><li>The red plug ins, are perfect for anything that can not be turned off. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Switch to Lap Top Computers, as they use less energy. <ul><li>Utilize the “Sleep Mode” on the computer, so that you save more energy. </li></ul><ul><li>Have your website hosted by a company that is earth friendly. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  17. 17. Stop buying bottled water <ul><li>Bisphenol A leaches into everything it comes in contact with. It is used to make water bottles, baby bottles, and pop bottles. It has been tied to breast cancer and prostate cancer. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Get a good water filter <ul><li> has a great water filter. The website will give you lots of information about what is in your water. </li></ul><ul><li>Canyon Plumbing, has a water softener with a filter, that removes the chlorine. </li></ul><ul><li> has various kinds of water filters </li></ul><ul><li> will help you with ways to conserve water. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Low Flow Toilets & Faucets <ul><li>Low flow toilets and faucets use less water, and help save the environment. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Use ceramic dishes and stainless steel cutlery <ul><li>Stop using disposable stuff. </li></ul><ul><li>An automatic dishwasher would be a wise investment for ease of use, and health reasons. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Use a “COMPOSTER” <ul><li>Automatic Composters are available at </li></ul><ul><li>Takes about 2 weeks to turn waste into compost. </li></ul><ul><li>You can also use the regular composter with worms. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Buy “ORGANIC” Food Products <ul><li>Organic food tastes better and is better for the environment. </li></ul><ul><li>It is good for your body. </li></ul><ul><li>Just about everything comes organic. </li></ul>
  23. 23. What to pack for Lunch <ul><li>Sandwiches or salads in a reusable container </li></ul><ul><li>Drinks in a reusable container </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Fruits: bananas, apples, oranges </li></ul><ul><li>Snacks: nuts, cheese, crackers in a reusable container </li></ul><ul><li>Cloth napkins and reusable cutlery </li></ul><ul><li>Take compostable material home, or use a composter on site, if available. </li></ul>
  24. 24. What not to include for Lunch <ul><li>Any individually wrapped item </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic baggies that are not reusable </li></ul><ul><li>Disposable cutlery </li></ul><ul><li>Straws, paper napkins, and paper bags. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Utilize your computers software <ul><li>Use the email instead of snail mail. </li></ul><ul><li>Send attachments with regular emails. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the computer fax instead of regular fax. </li></ul><ul><li>Scan papers and send as attachments with emails. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Institute a “Casual Dress Code” <ul><li>Only wear business suits when necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the casual office dress code and use less energy for air conditioning. </li></ul><ul><li>Can also lead to a happier work place. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Use “GREEN POWER” <ul><li>Ask the building manager to use “Green Power” </li></ul><ul><li>If you own the building, work towards solar or wind power. </li></ul><ul><li>Getting partially off the grid, will save money. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Work from Home <ul><li>According to Environment Canada, employees that work from home are 30% more productive then their co-workers, and much happier. </li></ul><ul><li>Less money spent on transportation, food, and clothing. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Use Public Transportation <ul><li>Use public transportation, ride a bike, walk or carpool to work and school. </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing a ride to work just 2 days per week, will save approximately 1,590 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Use “Cloth Dispensers” in washrooms. <ul><li>Cloth dispensers save trees, energy, money and the environment. </li></ul><ul><li>If it is not possible, then buy cloth towels and have towel rings installed to hang the towels. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Stop the JUNK MAIL <ul><li> or </li></ul><ul><li>Both websites are good for Canadians, and they will help to eliminate most of your junk mail. </li></ul><ul><li>Helps to save trees </li></ul>
  32. 32. Vending Machines should be unplugged when not in use. <ul><li>Remove the lights from the vending machine. </li></ul><ul><li>Unplug vending machine in evenings and weekends. </li></ul><ul><li>Saves energy and money. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Company Gyms can switch to Human Powered Electricity <ul><li>Hook stationary bikes & treadmills up to generator and let the humans store energy to power music, lights etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Green Microgym in Portland, Oregon has done this. </li></ul>
  34. 34. SOLAR CHARGERS <ul><li>Purchase some solar chargers for the office. </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect for charging cell phones, iPods, and other small appliances. </li></ul><ul><li>Saves energy. </li></ul>
  35. 35. LED Light EXIT SIGNS <ul><li>Replace all exit signs with LED lights or CFL’s, as they use less energy. </li></ul>
  36. 36. Switch fleet vehicles to more economical cars <ul><li>Switching all fleet vehicles to hybrids, electric, or fuel cell vehicles saves money, and the environment. </li></ul>
  37. 37. Have company fleet bikes <ul><li>Purchase bikes for staff to use when going short distances to meetings in another building. </li></ul><ul><li>Let employees use bikes for running errands at lunch. </li></ul>
  38. 38. Create a “GREEN WALL”
  39. 39. GREEN WALLS <ul><li>Plants clean the environment of toxic substances and chemicals. </li></ul><ul><li>By having a “Green Wall” in your school or work place, the environment will be less toxic. </li></ul><ul><li>Even plants placed throughout the building help the environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure the plants get enough water and light, and use the compost on them. </li></ul>
  40. 40. Be Eco Conscious <ul><li>Use both sides of the paper </li></ul><ul><li>Buy organic biodegradable cleaners </li></ul><ul><li>Lower the thermostat to 130 degrees </li></ul><ul><li>Use video conferencing instead of traveling </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase biodegradable garbage bags. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure new office renovations and furniture are eco green. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Art Projects <ul><li>There is a terrific website for making art projects from recyclables. Check out and you can get directions for various art projects for younger children. </li></ul>
  42. 42. Rewards <ul><li>Use the money you save by going eco green, to reward everyone for their hard work. </li></ul><ul><li>Rewards can be anything, that everyone will enjoy. </li></ul>
  43. 43. THANK YOU <ul><li>I would like to thank everyone that helped with this presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation has many examples for helping you to become more eco green, there are many more. </li></ul><ul><li>If you think of more eco green ideas, be sure to share them with others. </li></ul>