Save the Green World
step by a human being in conserving natural resources leads to a large step by
mankind. Understanding various options to save energy and resources can pave
the way for small steps to making our workplace cost-effective, greener and
Ways to Go Green at Work:
1. As a
first step towards achieving a greener workplace environment, let us consider
our mode of transport. A study revealed that 1/5th of the greenhouse
gases produced worldwide is from the use of cars and other vehicles, which
pollute the environment. This results in smog, acid rain and other harmful
substances in the environment, which affects the health of humans, causing lung
infections, heart diseases and asthma. To reduce the impact of these pollutants
entering the atmosphere, we need to take small steps such as,
a. Creating carpools to and from the office.
b. Educating local communities towards the use of fuel
c. Maintaining the vehicles in a good condition so as to
d. Making the maximum use of local transport.
e. Encouraging the need for widened pedestrian and biking
areas, so as to create less
congestion and pollution on the roads while paving the way
towards a healthier and fit
f. Promote a technological environment through
videoconferencing, telecommuting and
other technological solutions thus, reducing employee
2. Avoid wastage of energy.
a. Energy efficient electronic & electrical appliances,
CFL bulbs help save power.
b. Ensure that all electrical appliances have been switched
off before leaving the office.
c. AC’s should be set at energy efficient temperature
d. Computers on sleep mode save 30% energy than the Screen
savers on monitors.
e. Let the sunlight spill into the office in comfortable
f. Do not contribute to e-waste; instead, donate old
computers, printers, faxes to
organizations which will revamp them for further use.
g. Develop the habit of reading the e-paper instead of the
newspaper. This not only saves
resources but also makes everyone tech-savvy.
h. High-end LED desk lamps use less energy.
3. Renewable energy sources: A few
simple acts will take our non-renewable resources a long way.
a. Recycling saves resources, helps to decrease toxic
chemicals & curbs global warming.
b. Promote environment friendly purchasing practices. Use
recycled paper products for
c. Plastic and paper cups in office café counter can be
replaced with ceramic mugs. The
paper napkins can be replaced with cloth napkins. This helps
us to save our resources
and also brings in a sense of belonging & style to the
d. Aluminium foils and plastic wraps can be replaced with
reusable food containers for
e. Choose an electric utility that uses renewable power
resources, such as solar, wind,
low impact hydroelectric, or geothermal energy.
f. Use organic tea/coffee in the office café counters.
g. Save paper by using blank sides of used sheets of paper
for note-taking and printing
drafts, making two-sided copies instead on single sided
h. In a techno-savvy environment, replace paper files with
electronic files for reference.
i. Set up recycling awareness program in the office. Place
recycling bins for different
products at convenient locations within the premises for
j. Recycle toner and ink cartridges and buy remanufactured
k. Employee manuals can be posted online and upgraded
l. Encourage use of non-toxic and natural cleaning products
in the office premises.
m. Plants are a great source of positive energy. One in each
cubicle will create a more
healthy office environment and clear indoor pollution.
4. Conserve water.
a. Washrooms can have ultra-low-flush toilets instead of
b. Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying
At Salahkaar Consultants:
towards a greener environment and saving energy and resources include:
a. Creating and circulating soft copies of company brochures
instead of the hard copies.
b. Our website is complete with the entire company
information and marketing materials
available to all.