Earth day this year is celebrated on April 22nd, 2017 across 192 countries, with the aim of educating the public in environmental and climate literacy. Is your company standing out as a beacon for good environmental stewardship? No matter the industry; improvements can be made that add up over time. You might be surprised just how easy it is.
Start with Your Team
Creating reminders on best practices for your employees on how to manage their electronics at their workstations will not only reduce energy, but empower employees to make changes themselves. Even employees who may recycle at home or be energy-conscious on their own time, may overlook these things while at work. Starting with the computer, ensure settings are used that will be the most energy-saving.
- Monitors and displays should set to sleep after 15 minutes or less.
- Set system standby or sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity.
- Refrain from screensavers, especially ones with moving animations.
- Set the computer to sleep mode anytime you expect to be away. A computer in sleep mode could save up to 70% of power.
- Before leaving work, refrain from the control + alt + delete trick. Instead, turn off the machine.
- Unplug power adapters not being used.
Printers are a workhorse in most companies. Adjusting the settings on these printers saves not only ink and paper, but money too!
- Consider before you print. Not everything has to be viewed off the screen.
- Aim to print most everything with black ink and in draft mode.
- Duplex printing, printing on both sides, will save heaps of paper.
- Speaking of paper, unsubscribe from junk mailers – or make it a point to recycle them.
Lots of items that companies use every day have better alternatives. Instead of purchasing for convenience, consider the environmental impact.
- Single-serve coffee adds a lot to the waste stream. Consider community coffee pots instead.
- Water bottles may be convenient, but you can reduce plastic waste (and expense) by having a water filtration system and encouraging the use of reusable cups and mugs.
- Many cleaning products have green or eco-friendly alternatives that should be considered before ordering supplies.
- Ensure paper products are made from recycled paper or more renewable sources, such as bamboo.
Train the Right Way
Do you have any idea how much paper is used in training? Between employee hand-outs, quizzes, and recordkeeping, paper is being wasted on a large scale. Regardless of how much we’d like to believe, I haven’t seen many employees reference training handouts they received during a training session or new hire orientation. What happens more often than not, they get thrown away or lost. Instead of relying on this outdated method to train employees, consider online training.
- With online training, each employee is getting the same information, with the confidence that it’s accurate.
- Records are kept online where reminders can be set and assessments on employees can be quickly pulled.
- Employees can reference or return to their training online, instead of looking through a mess of papers.
360Training has enterprise solutions for your business. No matter the size, customized solutions are available to save time, money, and the environment. Be a green leader in your industry and see what you can implement at your company.