Sustainability is increasingly becoming a subject of interest and importance. With global warming becoming more of an issue, green initiatives are starting to pop up everywhere to help reduce the damage societies have done to our planet. What can we do to help the environment? There are many steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprint; some of these are small, easy steps, and some can be extremely large.
In this blog post, we focus on 5 easy to start green initiatives, so anyone can reduce their usage to help boost sustainability.
San Francisco made headlines, when they implemented a city-wide bottled water ban. While a city-wide ban wouldn’t qualify under an “easy to start green initiative”, this can be an easy one for your organization to do. Bottled water creates an incredible amount of waste that has a large impact on our planet. By removing bottled water from your shelves and vending machines, you’ll make a large impact in the fight to be green. On top of that, it’s really not difficult for people to fill up their water bottles or drink from fountains. For more information, check out this video to learn more about how bottled water affects the environment, and how bottled water isn’t necessarily cleaner or healthier than tap water.
Many organizations need the help of computers to run their businesses. Depending on how many computers they have, this can be a large drain on energy resources. Make sure you have a company policy to shut down any computers that are not in use or utilize a power management software such as NightWatchman or Greentrac. This is one of the easiest green initiatives you can start.
Measure your Baseline
It’s hard to reduce something you don’t measure first. Know the kind of impact you have by measuring your organization’s carbon footprint. While this may sound expensive, there are many free tools out there to determine your ecological baseline. Once you have the information, you can then determine where you have the biggest potential for change with your green initiative, and see where you’re doing well. Aim to tackle the biggest waste sources first, then go down the list.
Providing work incentives for commuting can change how some people get to work. Driving to work can be quite wasteful, especially if everyone drives their own cars. Provide a breakdown of incentives depending on how sustainable they’re being. For example, carpooling, public transit and cycling are all great options, but it might make more sense for cycling to have a higher reward than carpooling. What should the incentives be? This depends largely on your company’s resources, your team’s culture, etc. Play around to see what motivates your team members to change their lifestyle. Our personal favorite incentive comes from Yahoo: their co-founders promised to sumo wrestle each other if their employees collectively reduced their non-renewable resources by 20%.
There are many ways you can incentivize your customers to help reduce waste. Providing vouchers, whether it’s for a discount or a free lesson, for your eco-friendly customers is a great idea. This can not only help reduce waste but it can also foster loyalty with environmentally conscious consumers which can, in turn, increase profits beyond the costs of the incentive program. It’s a win-win green initiative! Helping your customers go green can also include paperless billing, automations and digitizing other aspects of your interactions. Learn more about how PerfectMind is leading the way on green initiatives for enterprises or contact one of our specialists to see how your company can cut costs, while improving your community.
Small businesses too can noticeably lower overhead, with the right green initiatives. What are the most ingenious green initiatives you’ve seen lately? Let us know on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Google+, to stay up to date with all of your PerfectMind news.