- Implement Recycling Programs - Evaluate all the materials your company consumes and see what recycling programs can be implemented. Paper, glass, and plastic products should all be recycled. There are also a myriad of companies that will, for a fee, remove and refurbish or properly dispose of old furniture and computers.
- Rethink Your Commute - Carpool, ride your bike, or take mass transit and encourage other employees to do the same to reduce carbon emissions.
- Power Down - Turn off all electronics and lights when not in use. The artificial lighting in office buildings accounts for nearly 45% of electricity use and computers not in use can deplete even more electricity.
- Go Paperless - Print only when needed and when possible, post documents, manuals, or other materials online. If you bill clients on a recurring schedule, offer a direct debit payment plan instead of conventional paper bills sent via the mail. Recycle junk mail and request to be taken off mailing lists to reduce paper waste.
- Replace Old Bulbs - Replace all old light bulbs with energy-star rated CFL's (compact fluorescent lights); they use nearly two-thirds less energy and last almost ten times longer.
- Buy Recycled - When possible, purchase recycled products, including packaging materials, paper towels and toilet paper, and other office supplies. Look for labels such as "made from recycled products."
- Practice What You Preach - If you really want to be a green business, make sure your company is in compliance with all current environmental regulations that apply to your industry.