Partnering with local businesses will ensure we achieve success in reducing community greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 6% by 2010. Not only does ‘going green’ in your business support the City’s Green Matters GHG reduction goals, but environmentally sustainable business practices also offer cost reduction and profit potential opportunities for the business workplace today.
For more information on how your business can become “green” visit the Green Office website for the Green Office guide, tips on Green Management and the Green Pages Directory.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has also issued a report entitled A Guide to Climate Change for Small- to Medium-sized Enterprises, focused on planning for climate change, reducing costs and being green in the workplace. To view this document, click here.
Tips to make your work environment a little greener . . .
Recycle your computers. Over 150,000 tonnes of old computers and associated equipment end up in landfills, posing significant pollutant threats. Many community programs accept old computers and some computer stores will even pay for the scrap metal and plastic within old computers.
Suggest a workplace energy audit or carry one out. Find out if your employer has an environmental plan and what it entails. Workplace audits can reduce emissions by up to 30% and can help companies save money on energy bills.
Turn off electrical equipment, such as computers, monitors, printers, copiers and lighting, when not in use and during non-business hours.
Encourage your place of business to use green cleaning supplies that reduce pollutants in the workplace and create a healthier environment for everyone.
Think about where you buy your business supplies. Switch to more sustainable and ecologically friendly supplies such as recycled paper products, reusable ink cartridges, and energy efficient equipment.