Whether we like to admit it or not, much of our lives are spent at the office. Western culture puts in at least 40 hours per week at work. While we’re there, we can improve overall quality of life and reduce our carbon footprint just as we do when we're at home. And reducing our impact on the planet while at the office is simpler than many people ever thought possible. New technologies and an overall push toward conservation have made sustainability in the workplace a realistic goal.
What are the keys to creating a lower-impact office? First, take a look the technology in your office. From sustainable computers to printers and even fax machines, technology is becoming more eco-friendly all the time. Business owners are realizing that by reducing overall electricity use, they not only reduce their carbon footprint, but improve their bottom line as well.
Technology is making the workplace more efficient, but it's also reducing the need for employees to be present in the traditional office in the first place. Innovations in teleconferencing and online meeting software mean companies don't have to waste fossil fuels flying their employees all over the world. What's more, you can work from home at least part of the work week.
While you're at the office, you can preserve finite resources, specifically trees, by going paperless and by choosing eco-friendly furnishings.
You can also use sustainable nutrition while at the office. Seasonal, local and organic foods make for a healthier employee and a healthier planet.
Which is more sustainable: a laptop or a desktop computer? Find out on the next page.