I pride myself in learning how to be as green as possible at home and following through with what I learn. So I was honoured when I was asked to form a "Green Team" at my work. A corporate environment can be one of the most wasteful places, but also one of the easiest places to make BIG changes.Since the team has started I am so proud of the company's want for change to be green. We have set up recycling centres in our main dining areas with posted lists of what articles can go in each bin, switched to recycled paper for our daily printing, gotten rid of all single serving creamers, milks and sugars, purchased green cleaning products, replaced our showerheads with low flow ones, added being green to our company values, started a battery recycling program (which has saved 30 lbs of batteries from going to landfill to date!) and now only purchase rechargeable batteries for office use, recycle our empty toner cartridges and purchase only refilled cartridges, our kitchen is fully stocked with reusable plates, glasses, mugs and utensils, we recycle or donate all out of date technology equipment, and even our CEO has sold his car and started to use public transit for travelling! Phew, what a great start!Right now we are in the beginning stages but have big goals, great ideas and a lot of support so I can only see it getting better and better from here. How has your company started going green?
Thanks to Jen for sending in her story.Jen wins a set of five fab books from Random House, including the following: The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life by Ed Begley, Jr. Ecoholic by Adria Vasil The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon True Green at Work: 100 Ways You Can Make the Environment Your Business by Kim Mckay, Jenny Bonnin and Tim Wallace Today's code word: work Read more: • Hand dryers vs. paper towels • 5 ways to be eco-friendly at the office • How to find eco-friendly school and office supplies