Going Green At Work

August 25, 2012 by  
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These days, it is not uncommon to go green at home, but have you ever considered going green at work as well? You may not think it can be done, but it is in fact possible to reduce your carbon footprint at the workplace; all it takes is a little knowledge and effort. The following article will help teach you how you and your coworkers can do your part to help save the environment. Read on and learn how to go green at work.

First and foremost, you have got to get rid of those old, energy draining appliances and replace them with new Energy Star ones. Most offices will keep appliances around until they don’t work anymore, but you can actually save money as well as energy if you replace them with energy efficient ones. Energy Star appliances can often run on almost half the electricity that old ones use, not to mention the fact that they work better as well. Ask your supervisor about purchasing new energy efficient appliances for the workplace. After all, your company will be able to write it off as a business expense and save money at the same time.

Another great way that you can go green at the office is to reduce the amount of paper you use. You’d be surprised to see how much paper the average office worker goes through a day and most of it is not even necessary. Make it a habit to print out documents that you absolutely must have and then rely on electric files for the rest. Not only will this help out the environment but you will soon find that your workspace is much more organized without a bunch of paper lying around everywhere.

When it is time to eat, make an effort to pack a lunch that does not have to be stored in the refrigerator. In an office building, the fridge is constantly opened and closed throughout the day which is extremely wasteful. Try and make a habit of bringing lunches that you can keep with you at your desk. You may not be saving a whole lot of energy, but everything adds up over time.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, try and get your coworkers to make the same sacrifices you make. Sure you may not save a lot of energy if you are the only one who doesn’t use the fridge, but if you can convince the entire office to follow suit, you are talking about some serious energy conservation. You’d be surprised to find how willing people are to do their part to help save the environment. All you have to do is ask and the worst case scenario is that they ignore you.

These are just a few of the things you can do to go green at work. They might seem like minor sacrifices but every little bit helps. If you convince even one person to make the same changes you’ve made then you’ve doubled the amount of energy conserved. So use the tips you’ve just read and start doing your part to help save the environment.

Go Green Expo

January 30, 2011 by  
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WHAT: GO GREEN EXPO, the nations leading eco-focused, interactive green-living showcase, heads to New York this April. The event, which is open to the public from the savviest environmentalist to the newly green, will showcase a variety of special interest consumer and business areas including: Home Building and Energy Conservation; Health, Beauty and Fashion; Travel and Transportation; Business and Electronics and a Kids Zone giving New Yorkers a chance to see, learn and interact with the latest in energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly products as well as participate in interactive seminars with leaders in the green industry, local politics, and community organizations. Having attracted more than 10000 visitors at last years inaugural show in New York, Go Green Expo New York will feature local environmentally friendly businesses and cutting edge green companies, a full interactive Kids Zone, engaging speakers and panel discussions on todays most topical environmental issues. WHEN: · Friday, April 17th – 12:00 pm 6:00 pm (Business-to-Business Day) · Saturday, April 18th 10:00 am 6:00 pm (open to the public) · Sunday, April 19th – 10:00 am 5:00 pm (open to the public) WHERE: The Hilton New York -1335 Avenue of the Americas (53rd Street) PHOTO/INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: press welcome at all times to see the latest goods/ services and interview exhibitors and visitors. Featured press opportunities include: Friday, April 17: · 2:00 pm Green Business Competition Semi

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AECP Green Living and Energy Expo

April 8, 2010 by  
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The Association of Energy Conservation Professionals (AECP) and the Association of Energy Conservation Professionals Educational Service (AECP/ES) present the ninth annual Green Living and Energy Expo. Held at the Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, Virginia on November 7 and 8, 2008. Admission was free and over 2500 people attended. The purpose of the Expo is to inspire, inform and enable people on a wide variety of sustainable issues, topics, and ideas related to energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building. Check out our website at www.aecpes.org

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Energy Saving Tips: Green Living Within Your Means

March 9, 2010 by  
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With high gas prices and global warming on many people’s minds, consumers are looking for ways they can participate in energy conservation and reduce their carbon footprint. And while you may not be ready to buy a Toyota Prius or install solar panels in your home, there a number of everyday things you can do to adopt a green living lifestyle and contribute to energy conservation.

Learn how to be eco friendly and protect the environment without breaking the bank with these 10 Energy Saving Tips..

? Think green and plant trees [link to: NW Am. Forests page]. If you’re wondering how to be eco-friendly, one of the best – and greenest – ways is to plant trees around your yard or office. Trees are inexpensive, require little maintenance and act as filters by constantly removing air pollution from the atmosphere.

? Recycle. Recycling is still one of the most effective ways to reduce waste and lessen demand for the use of new natural resources. A growing number of communities now offer the service for free or little charge and have recycling drop-off centers that are easy to access.

? Compost your fruit/vegetable scraps. Scraps like melon rinds, banana peels, carrot scrapings, apple cores and tea bags are wonderful for composting. The average kitchen produces over 200 pounds of waste annually, and by composting, you’ll reduce waste and create wonderfully nitrogen-rich soil for your garden

? Shop at a farmers market instead of a chain grocery store. Buying locally helps energy conservation because it uses less fuel to get food to market. Added green living benefits include fewer pesticides used due to shorter time from farm to table, all while supporting the local economy.

? Fly less. Airline flights account for an estimated 10 percent of all greenhouse gases. Encourage energy saving methods at your work by taking advantage of videoconferencing or telecommuting if the business situation permits.

? Take advantage of public transportation or carpooling. The fuel you’ll conserve will add less CO2 to the environment and keep more dollars in your wallet.

? Become an energy efficient home. Install energy saving light bulbs and low flow shower heads in your home. You’ll save energy and your energy conservation efforts will results will be reflected in your bill.

? Learn how to be eco-friendly in your home. Use eco-friendly cleaning products around the house and yard. The price difference is minimal and many of the eco-friendly products have been shown to clean just as well as their less-green counterparts. Instead of cleaning with paper towels, get into the routine of using old towels, t-shirts or rags to save on additional waste.

? Buy reusable shopping bags. Considering your energy saving efforts, you should no longer ask yourself the question of “paper or plastic.” Canvas totes are now widely available at most grocery stores and are cheap, sturdy alternatives to traditional shopping bags.

? Green living and green entertaining. When the next opportunity to entertain presents itself, whether it be a family function, backyard BBQ or dinner party, use real plates, cups and silverware. You’ll reduce waste and create a more hospitable environment for your guests.

Regardless of your current green living status, these helpful tips on how to be eco friendly can help protect the environment without breaking the bank and can be easily applied to your daily routine. Start slow and try adopting a new energy saving method each month and the results will be gratifying.

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