You know what sustainability is, and you probably know that it's in the best interest of the planet that we all pay attention to how we go about it. Here are a few ways to reduce your carbon footprint at work.
2. Your thoughts on the subject are irrelevant.
Whether you’re among the camp of people that are
taking action in changing our effect on the climate
or the group that denies the existence of climate
change is irrelevant.
RECOGNIZING YOUR FOOTPRINT
Science says that climate change is very
real, very man-made, and a very big
threat to the future of Earth.
3. 5.3 MILLIONKilotons of carbon emissions in the United States alone in 2014 *
*Sources: European Commission & Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
4. THE FUTURE IS GREEN
THE IMPORTANCE OF SUSTAINABILITY
5. Your footprint matters.
Do you know what type of carbon footprint you and
your business are leaving on the Earth?
Chances are, it’s larger than you may think.
The burden of changing the overwhelmingly
negative impact of carbon emissions falls on the
shoulders of not just the people of the world, but
the businesses that we’re a part of.
RECOGNIZING YOUR FOOTPRINT
IT' S OUR JOB TO
We can help to reduce our carbon
footprint by changing how we approach
6. Quite a bit of your emissions can be a
result of improper supply chain
The supply chain can be responsible for up to 90
percent of an organization’s carbon footprint. Fuel
efficiency and vehicle maintenance can be are two
portions of the supply chain that, if properly
monitored, updated and maintained, can help cut
both your cost and your emissions.
YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN
of your business'
emissions could be from
your supply chain
7. Small equpiment changes can represent
large carbon footprint redution.
Install motion-sensored lights around the office.
Make sure every employee is turning off his or her
computer at the end of the work day. Look into
installing programs that monitor computer energy
use. Energy saving bulbs and/or windows are
available, often cheaper than you’d expect.
While the above options may seem minor in the
grand scheme of things, these minor changes,if
implemented across an entire business, can have a
measurable impact on your company’s footprint.
8. Digitalization is the future. Embrace it.
If you can email a document instead of printing or
faxing it, do it. Instead of keeping a filing cabinet
with a million folders and documents, simply keep
folders and documents on your computer. They’re
easier to sort and search through and use exactly
zero paper waste.
Inserting signatures through Adobe or online
applications is simple. Invoices and bills can be
paperless too, many companies are beginning to
ask their clients to “go paperless,” meaning
eliminating paper bills mailed to homes in favor of
GO DIGITAL, AND
CLIENTS TO DO IT
9. Tracking your changes helps you
determine where you can improve and
what effect you're having.
The reason we’re making these changes isn’t just to
feel better about ourselves (though that helps too),
it’s to make a real difference. Regardless of what
you’re doing to change the footprint of your
business, without a means of tracking it, your
efforts could be going to waste.
Carbonfund.org features a footprint tracker and
calculator that you can use for your business to
keep tabs on what effects your steps towards a
sustainable business are having!