By Arielle Mullen

It's become common knowledge that global warming is a serious threat to the environment. Although we're inundated with ways to help by making alterations in our personal lives, there are also many small changes we can make in the office that will ultimately have a big impact. Not every office is capable of implementing all of these changes, but even selecting one or two to use can make a difference. 

  • Manage office equipment better. Unplugging your laptop power cord when it's not in use, and turning off the hardware and lights at the end of the day will go a long way in cutting down on unnecessary energy usage. Even keeping your printer plugged in when it's not in use can cost up to $130 a year. 
  • Consider your lighting. LED lightbulbs are great, but natural lighting is even better. 
  • Look for Energy Star qualified products for the office. 
  • Rideshare. Carpooling or riding your bike can have a big impact. 
  • Recycle. Buy recycled paper and materials. Donate your old and unwanted hardware to charities like Computers for Classrooms
  • Telecommute. Not applicable for all employees, but telecommuters collectively save about 840 millions of gas per year. 
  • Mind your diet. Ordering out for the office? Consider going vegetarian. Eating a vegetarian meal helps the Earth in a lot of ways
  • Purchase eco-friendly cleaners for the office, or if you use a cleaning crew ask them to use green products for their work. 
  • Print smarter. Use two-sided printing, and consider purchasing software like GreenPrint, which will take out any ads or unnecessary graphics when printing, as well as measuring how much paper is saved. 
  • Make your office (literally) green. Adding some indoor plants can help combat the rising levels of indoor air pollution. Certain plants can absorb potentially harmful gasses like formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide. Areca Palm, Bamboo Palm, and Peace Lilies are all examples of plants that help purify the air. 

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