Ms. Kitty (Ms. Kitty’s Salon and Road Show) and Mama G (Mom to the Left) have each spelled out green actions they or their church have or will make. I thought I would join in, thinking of particular was church offices — and perhaps your non-church workplace — can make green improvements. I have actually used some of these at Day Job.
An inexhausive list.
- Offer recycling bins first, then trash cans to staff. Praise those who recycle and thank them for their efforts.
- Install PDF creation software on all computers, to save, store and transmit files (particularly web pages) without printing them. PDFCreator is a good choice for Windows machines.
- Take reusable bags to work and use these to tote supplies from stores.
- Press for a pretax public transit fare program or subsidy, especially if your employer offers free parking.
- Arrange for leftover food from events to be shared with feeding programs, where available.
- Repurpose old computers as file servers, or “renovate” them by using a lighter Linux operating system, like Ubuntu (or Xubuntu for very old and weak computers.)
- Consider a paper-based personal calendar or planner in lieu of an electronic one. D*I*Y Planner is a good option, in three size formats.
- Host a cell-phone recycling event. (Cell phones can often have a second life in another country, or if inoperable, have toxic metals that can be recovered.)
- Make 100% postconsumer recycled paper your first choice for printing and copying.
- Ask all vendors if they have greener service options.