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Sustainable Workplace

Greening your work life not only improves the health of the environment – it can also protect the wellbeing of yourself and your coworkers.

Two women doing yogaEmployees spend a large portion of their lives at work each day. Providing a healthy and sustainable work environment helps to promote productivity and create a culture of employees that value the health of their surroundings. Make sure you are contributing to the health of yourself and the environment by taking care to make environmentally responsible decisions. Whether you’re an employer or an employee, you can work to implement these sustainable best practices into your workplace.

Sustainable Food

Provide access to healthy food options in your cafeteria and vending machines. Healthy food includes items that are healthy for you and for the people who produce it. Also, encourage employees to utilize reusable dishware, and reduce the amount of plastics and foam containers used in your eateries.

Learn more about what you can do to make sustainable food choices.

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Electronics Management

Practice good electronics stewardship by considering the entire life cycle of the products you choose. Look for EPEAT registered and Energy Star rated products. Promote practices that reduce energy use in electronics, such as automatic shutoffs or sleep modes. Turn off rarely used electronics and power down computers and printers at night. Dispose of electronics in a responsible manner.

See more tips on how you can conserve energy and water in your workplace.

Green Meetings

Business man and woman walking down stairsHosting virtual meetings is an excellent way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from travel and to reduce costs. Encourage employees to teleconference, utilize conference calls, or host a live web meeting whenever possible to reduce the need to travel from meeting to meeting. If you are hosting a conference, make sure to encourage attendees to stretch during breaks and provide them with healthy food choices.

Learn more about how to host a green meeting.

Green Purchasing

Whenever possible, buy products that will last, that are made from recycled materials, and that are energy efficient.  Also, choose products that do not release toxic materials into the atmosphere. Choose green cleaning products, low VOC paints and surfaces and third party certified furnishings to maintain a healthy indoor environmental quality. Whenever possible, look for products that have environmental benefits and are nontoxic to human health.

Learn more about how you can make green purchases.

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Worksite Wellness

Providing worksite wellness programs can improve employee satisfaction, reduce stress, decrease absenteeism, and increase productivity. Consider implementing these or similar initiatives for wellness at your workplace.

  • Establish programs for exercise during  the workday
  • Implement a no-smoking policy and provide resources for tobacco cessation
  • Allow flexible work schedules and telecommuting
  • Encourage personnel to take the stairs
  • Select worksites close to public transportation, walking trails, fitness facilities, and other amenities

Learn more about promoting worksite wellness in your place of employment.

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