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We turn our focus to eco-friendly ideas that buildings and tenants are implementing around the country:
Consider cleaning your building's HVAC system ducts. Not only do you reduce energy costs, but clean ducts do not spread air contaminants throughout your building.
Host a Turn off the Lights Event. Encourage tenants to turn off lights for and hour during the day to show their commitment to energy conservation.
Encourage tenants to replace light bulbs with Compact Florescent Bulbs (CFLs). By replacing four standard bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs), you can prevent the emission of 5,000 pounds of carbon dioxide and reduce your electricity bill by more than $100 over the lives of those bulbs. Partner with a local vendor to make light bulbs available on site… along with the educational/awareness campaign. For additional savings and impact of bulb replacement:
Host an e-Waste day to collect electronic recyclables…. Cell phones, computers, printers and monitors can be collected. Most landfills will not accept these items because of the impact to the environment. It is possible to provide tax receipts for donations. Earth911 - provides information on local recycling centers. Staples and Best Buy also have programs that can be coordinated.
Share ideas for greening an office so that employees can participate on an individual level. Check out 10 Ways to Green Your Officewith suggestions by employers and employees that you can put into place to reduce your carbon footprint.
Host a Green Office Challenge between your tenants to help ‘green’ up their operations. See how the Chicago Green Office Challenge used training events, workshops, and brown bag lunch sessions to do just that.
Create a community green map. A green map highlights all the environmental-related spots in your community such as parks, recycling centers, farmers markets, thrift stores, public transit stations and stores that sell organic produce and other eco-conscious products. Place green maps in building common areas.
Think Green in Transportation. Install bicycle racks to support those that conserve energy biking to work. Post information on car pooling and mass transit on a community board. Learn more about what the MTA has to offer commuters.
DID YOU KNOW?
Many of us are taking steps to improve energy efficiency at home, but may not realize that there are opportunities to save at work as well. By making energy-efficient choices at work, Americans can help businesses reduce energy use and save money while preventing climate change. In fact, over the last 30 years, energy efficiency has reduced our country’s energy use by 47 percent and is our greatest energy “resource.” Businesses and organizations that are leaders in energy efficiency use about 30 percent less energy than their competitors.