March 27 2015

Top 5 Tips for Offices Going Green in 2015

The time for spring cleaning is here, so it’s out with the old and in with the new. More businesses are going green every day, and March is the perfect month for making your office more environmentally friendly. Here are five ideas to help your company save the environment and cut costs in the process.

1. Invest in LED Lamps

LED bulbs shine brighter than florescent and incandescent bulbs while consuming a fraction of the energy. They also last longer and are easy to maintain, which cuts down on landfill waste and reduces your power bill. Installing LED lamps can be pricey at first, but most businesses make their money back and begin saving within 18 months.

2. Exorcise Your Phantom Power

Even if you’re careful about shutting off electronics at the end of the workday, anything plugged into an outlet can still be drawing a small amount of electricity called phantom power. No need to hire a priest; you can lower your energy bill and your environmental footprint by connecting items to power strips that you unplug at night.

3. Allow Workers to Telecommute

This is one all of your workers will appreciate. Telecommunication saves everyone time and money, reduces carbon emissions and can even improve productivity. Even letting people work from home one or two days a month can greatly boost morale, and you’ll save money on your utility bills by not having to operate on those days.

4. Switch to Reusable Pens

Millions of disposable ink pens end up in the trash every day. Assigning everyone a reusable pen and keeping ink refills around is cheaper, better for the environment and gives employees an incentive to keep up with office supplies.

5. Green Web Hosting

You may not think that your company website is doing anything to harm the environment, but web hosting consumes a massive amount of energy while releasing harmful gasses into the air. Green web hosting companies power their servers with sustainable energy such as solar power, so making the switch greatly reduces your indirect your carbon footprint. You can also incorporate your company’s environmental consciousness into your marketing. Many customers will gladly pay a little extra to buy from a company that cares about the greater good.

March 07 2015

Cater Your Next Company Lunch With Veggies From Your Own Garden

Urban jungles are starting to look a lot greener lately as more individuals and businesses are embracing rooftop gardens. The benefits of green roofing are manifold: They help reduce carbon emissions in the environment, they lessen the burden of water run-off from flash flooding and the can increase property values. For businesses, rooftop gardens can boost employee morale by providing a tranquil place to relax during their breaks. Most novice gardeners gravitate toward flowers and decorative plants, but if you really want to make your employees happy, you should invest in an edible garden.

Growing vegetables in a company garden does more than provide healthy snacks for your employees; it can increase your bottom line by reducing the amount of money you spend on food. Hiring caterers for company events can get expensive fast, and even if you purchase produce from a local grocery store, the prices are highly marked up because of the cost of transportation and the need for stores to make a profit. Why spend hundreds of dollars and hours of time coordinating catering for every event when you can make a one-time investment in green roofing and become your own caterer?

Once established, maintaining a rooftop garden can be very easy. Many businesses with green roofs organize employee gardening clubs to manage all of the upkeep. Since many businesses have specialized staff that rarely communicate with each other, having a community project that benefits everyone provides an excellent avenue for employees to mingle and feel invested in the company as a whole.

Some businesses around the world are taking things to the next level and introducing bee colonies to their gardens. In London, the local government gives incentives to businesses in certain areas that keep bees. Bees can make your garden flourish as they transport pollen to their hives. Of course, they also provide something everyone loves: honey! Olswang, a law firm based in London, gives all of its employees homemade honey for Christmas at very little cost to the company.

Join the green roofing movement to help save money and the environment. You and your employees will be reaping the benefits of the seeds you sow for years to come.