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http://www.sustainabilityconsulting.com/ At times the concept of going green can seem like a daunting task, yet following through with a few simple changes can have a dramatic affect in the ...

http://www.sustainabilityconsulting.com/ At times the concept of going green can seem like a daunting task, yet following through with a few simple changes can have a dramatic affect in the environment. Sure you have heard about the power of recycling your plastic bottles and other cardinal rules along that line, but do you know the facts?

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    Seven Ways to Save the World From Your Office Cubicle Seven Ways to Save the World From Your Office Cubicle Presentation Transcript

    • SEVEN WAYS TO SAVE THE WORLDFROM YOUR OFFICE CUBICLE:A Guide to Greening Your WorkplaceSSC Webinars
    • Steps to an Eco-Friendly Office1. Paper Conservation and Recycling2. Creating a Sustainable Lunch3. Conserving Energy4. Investing in Eco-Friendly Furniture5. Computer Recycling6. Practicing the Three R’s7. Spread the Word www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • Step 1: Paper Conservation and Recycling
    • Quick Facts Approximately 749 lbs. of paper are used annually.  That’s per person in the US! We throw away enough office and writing paper annually to build a wall of memos 12 feet high, from LA to NYC. Source: City of Springfield Waste Management www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • Quick Facts Americans receive almost 4 million tons of junk mail a year.  If 100,000 people stopped their junk mail, we could save up to 150,000 trees annually. The good news is that the amount of paper recycled annually has increased 76% in the last ten years. Source: Wellesley College www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • What You Can DoChanges can be made to your daily habitsto conserve paper: Only print when you have to Print double sided Reuse paper as scratch paper Circulate memos and documents via email Reduce junk mail  Visit ReduceWaste.org for help Pay bills online www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • What You Can Do Buy recycled office supplies at:  The Green Office  Green Line Paper Don’t forget to recycle your ink at a local office supply  Dolphin Blue store, you may even cash in on free stuff in return!  Buy Online Now www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • What You Can Do Most importantly, encourage those around you to reduce paper consumption as well. This means not only coworkers but vendors and consumers as well. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • Step 2: Creating a Sustainable Lunch
    • Quick Facts You can save almost $2,000 annually by bringing your lunch instead of buying it! Many prepackaged meals are non recyclable.  Styrofoam for example is wasted at an astronomical rate.  Enough cups are wasted every year to circle the earth 436 times! Source: Bank Rate, City of Springfield Waste Management www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • What You Can Do Bring your lunch to work  Do not microwave plastics 3, 6, or 7 as they often release harmful toxins  Find environmentally friendly lunch boxes and plastic lunch containers  Check out Reuse It Source: Glamour www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • Long Term EffectsBy bringing your own lunch you will cut down fast food waste,save on gas by not driving to a restaurant, and save someserious calories too. You can use the time you would have spent driving to take a walk. Source: Mother Nature Network www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • Step 3: Conserving Energy
    • Quick Facts 10x as much energy is wasted when you run a computer screen instead of using sleep mode. Office computers burn twice as much power idling than they do during the average workday. Commercial buildings account for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions. Source: Time, Mother Nature Network www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • What You Can Do Quick Fixes Set your computer to idle after 10 minutes When you leave the office, turn off your computer Turn off the lights in unused rooms  Use natural light when possible Buy Energy Star products www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • Being an Energy Saver In the long run these simple steps will reduce your electricity bill by a landslide! www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • Step 4: Investing in Eco-Friendly Furniture
    • Quick FactsIn only the last 200 years, humanity has been directlyresponsible for the disappearance of over half of ourtropical forests. What does this mean? That we are losingthe equivalent of 3,800 acres of tropical forest and 4unique species … every single hour. Source: Aventura Magazine www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • What You Can Do Buy furniture made with renewable and recycled sources  Check out stores such as Ikea, Herman Miller, Steelcase, Baltix, or Open Plan Systems Donate furniture when you are done with it  Try The FreeCycle Network www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • Step 5: Computer Recycling
    • Quick Facts Ten million computers are discarded every year. E-waste contains over 1,000 different substances.  Many of which are toxic. 70% of heavy metals found in American landfills come from discarded electronics. Source: City of Springfield Waste Management, Best Stuff, The Basel Action Network www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • What You Can Do Buy energy efficient computers that are made from less toxic materials  Look for the Energy Star sticker!  Check out EPEAT Donate old computers, don’t throw them away!  Visit EBays recycling page or The FreeCycle Network www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • Step 6: Practicing the Three R’s(Recycle, Reuse, Reduce)
    • Facts About the Three R’s  About 70% of the garbage Americans produce is compostable.  Consider yard waste, food waste, wood, and paper  Americans recycle 46% of their plastic bottles, and 30% of milk containers and water jugs, but this is only 5% of plastics.  Over 40% of plastics are used for packaging. Source: City of Springfield Waste Management www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • What You Can Do Sort your recycling to make it count. Use eco-friendly packaging. Check out what materials can be recycled through Earth911. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • Step 7: Spread the Word
    • The Bottom Line The most important way that you can save the environment from your office is by communicating green ideas. Tell co-workers and your boss about different ways to save energy, trees, paper, and the world. You can even make your own “green team” to green up your office. www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • Further ResourcesBecause we love to share our knowledge,here are some further sites which mayinterest you! GreenBiz Ideal Bite Green Pages Green Meetings Guide The Mother Nature Network www.sustainabilityconsulting.com Copyright © 2012, Strategic Sustainability Consulting. All rights reserved.
    • For more help on greening up your office space visit our website!What are your thoughts? Join theconversation on twitter @jenniferwoofter!