Greening your Workplace.

Photo by gabrielsaldana | flickr.com

Photo by gabrielsaldana | flickr.com

I’m sure if you’re reading this, you’ve previously thought about the different ways that you can your life more environmentally-friendly. The place where we have the most control over this is in our personal life – from the things that we buy to the day-to-day activities we do at home. Taking this a step further, have you ever thought about bringing your environmentally conscious attitudes to your workplace?

It’s unlikely for most people to be their own boss, but that doesn’t have to stop you from greening your place of labour. Workplaces have to be cost-effective, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be sustainable. If you work for an organization, check its mission statement. See if it’s something your organization values or if you feel it should be incorporated into it.  Bring up some suggestions to your employer. How about the type of paper being used (is it post-consumer?). How are wastes being handled?  Does your work have adequate recycling facilities? Who makes sure the lights are turned off every day?  

Employees of all professions can work sustainability. “Green” values are not limited to professions in the environmental field. The next time you go to work, take a few seconds to see what changes you think can be made.  Starting a “green” committee at work is a great step forward! Get some of your colleagues together and brainstorm changes. Perhaps push for a commitment to buying eco-friendly cleaners or start up a carpooling program. The possibilities are endless.