Organization

Energy Conservation

  • Use print release techniques on your printers. (minimize paper wastage from wrong printing)
  • Include 'switching of lights during lunch hour' into your office protocol
  • Set all electronic equipment to energy saving mode
  • Try to maximize the presence of natural light in your office by keeping blinds and curtains open, and keeping windows unobstructed.
  • Avoid switching on lights in areas where natural light is abundantly available
  • Encourage staff to set PCs/laptops to energy-saving mode after 10 minutes of inactivity
  • Set air conditioning to at least 25°C
  • Install motion-sensor lighting at less utilized areas

Waste & Management Recycling

  • Carry out a recycling drive in office. Set up recycling bins and educate staff on recycling procedures
  • Engage a proper recycling company as an assigned vendor to collect recycled waste as well as used office equipment, and toner cartridges and bottles

Green & Campaign Awareness Outreach

  • Put up Eco Action Day posters in your offices
  • Encourage staff to use their own mugs for coffee and tea purchases, and bring Tupperware for takeaway lunches
  • Cultivate green habits in the office by displaying posters and stickers with tips on saving energy and resources
  • Sending regular email tips and reminders to staff to adopt green habits also helps
  • Form an internal green committee to start taking care of organizational green affairs
  • Encourage staff to read e-mail via PC instead of printing
  • Encourage all staff to take public transport instead of driving to work

Resource Conservation

  • Set office printers to automatic double-sided printing mode to save on paper consumption
  • Set office print option to black & white printing to consume less ink
  • Link fax machines to email to reduce the printing of documents
  • Make mugs and washable cutlery freely available in the pantry, to help staff use fewer disposable cups and cutlery
  • Aim for a paperless office environment. Store your files in digital databases, and print documents only when necessary
  • When purchasing office supplies and equipment, look out for environmentally preferable options that are independently certified by eco-labelling schemes.
  • Use teleconferencing and videoconferencing technologies to reduce overseas travel for business meetings.
  • If you need to drive to work, meetings or lunch, carpool with colleagues
  • Consider local green certification (Project: Eco Office, BCA Green Mark, Green Label etc) Click here to find out more to the cause.
  • Explore your own creativity to reuse and recycle household items you no longer need.

You can check out more actions your organisation can take here.