We’re eco-conscious at home, let’s do the same while at work

November 4, 2009 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

office1-300x229The Issue
Most of us spend more waking hours while at work than at home, we might as well be eco-aware while doing so.

Be Part of the Solution
What can we do to be more sustainable?  How about:

Turn off you computer at night!  A computer left on 24 hours a day costs your company between $115 and $160 in electricity annually!

Don’t use screensavers.  Instead, set your monitor to turn off automatically after 10 minutes of non-use and set computers to sleep/hibernate after 30 minutes.

If possible, carpool!  You can cut your weekly fuel costs in half if you take turns driving, visit Bay Area Commuter Services (or even better, use HART, PSTA, walk or ride a bike).

Reduce word document margins to .75” and turn scrap paper into note pads.

Use your windows!  Natural light is always better then electric lighting.  If you must use electric lights, turn them off when not in use.

Print double sided and print only what is necessary on paper with recycled content.

Don’t go out for lunch.  Stay at the office and off the road, walk to a nearby café or bring your own healthy, natural and organic lunch.

Consider installing the free Ecofont, a font style that uses up to 20% less ink.

Purchase re-manufactured ink cartridges as they help to divert plastic and metal waste from landfills and reduce the need for oil and electricity to create new cartridges.

Recycle at work.  If your company doesn’t recycle, demand it!

Recycle your mobile phone!  Instead of throwing it away, recycle it a nearby Best Buy or Office Depot, or donate to CASA.

Specify Energy Star products if you purchase electronics and equipment.

Visit 1-800-Recycling to find out where to recycle ink cartridges and other in office recycling resources.

Stop buying bottled water.  Instead of buying bottled water every day, purchase a filter/pitcher like Brita or Pur.  Doing so will keep 230 plastic bottles out of the landfill.

Drink fair trade, organic and shade grown coffee in reusable mugs.

For more tips, or to learn more about sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green at green.jason@spcollege.edu.  Then visit http://www.spcollege.edu/sustainability, join the facebook group and follow us at http://twitter.com/sustainableSPC.

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who we are:

Early in 2008, St. Petersburg College recognized its responsibility to model to our students, employees and community ways to minimize global warming emissions and provide the knowledge to our graduates to help achieve a more environmentally friendly future. Because of this, the College made sustainability (defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) a top priority. As a result, the Office for Sustainability was established.

what we do:

Working alongside internal and external partners, the Office for Sustainability focuses on the following areas of environmental stewardship: educational programs and corporate training, energy and natural resource conservation, green buildings and facilities, carbon emissions, recycling and student activities.

learn more:

To learn more about The Office for Sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green, Sustainability Coordinator at green.jason@spcollege.edu

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