Green Office Checklist

Green Office Checklist

Sarah Coffey
Jul 2, 2008

The Chicago Recycling Coalition has a comprehensive checklist for those looking to go green either in the office or at home. The list includes the basics as well as a few less obvious ideas, covering paper usage, office supplies and products, kitchen areas, recycling, transportation, energy and water efficiency, and air quality. Links and more information below...

Just a few of the checklist items to get you started:

Paper Usage:
• Purchase recycled paper.
• Edit documents on-screen when possible.
• Maintain accurate mailing lists and delete duplicates.

• Avoid disposable materials in the kitchen, and use washable items instead.
• Purchase organic, fair-trade coffee.

• Recycle paper, cell phones, cardboard, glass, metal, plastic, packing peanuts, and furniture. (See the full article for the complete list.)

• Bike, walk, take public transportation, or carpool.
• Use videoconferencing when possible to avoid energy-consuming travel.

Energy and Water Efficiency:
• Use low-flow aerators on sinks.
• Use power-save mode on equipment and appliances.
• Install an automated thermostat.

Air Quality:
• Use low-VOC paints in the office.
• Add plants and open windows regularly for ventilation.

This edited list just gives you a glimpse of the CRC's many suggestions for going green at work. To read the entire Green Office Checklist from CRC, click here.

Photo: Hudson Swivel Task Chair from Design Within Reach

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