AT THE OFFICE
- Encourage the use of public transit through TransitChek or other programs.
- Where public transit is unavailable, encourage carpools by sending an email to staff members.
- Investigate a paperless direct deposit system for your employees.
- Give your employees a mug or reusable water bottles with the company logo for their first day, a holiday or any occasion.
- Start buying 100% post-consumer recycled paper for your office.
- If you provide lunch at your office, consider purchasing locally grown organic foods.
- When you can’t buy office supplies and equipment locally, buy in bulk to reduce shipping pollution and packaging waste.
- Reuse shipping boxes whenever possible.
- When replacing appliances around the office, look to replacements with Energy Star ratings.
- When purchasing company vehicles or using a car service, consider electrics or hybrids.
- Consider consulting green architects, designers and construction companies for any renovations.
- Evaluate HVAC systems and upgrade for greater efficiency if necessary.
- Inquire with your energy provider about buying into an energy portfolio consisting of energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro.
- Consider investing in high quality alternative energy carbon offsets.
- Designate a place where employees can leave their paycheck envelopes for reuse.
- Use washable plates and silverware instead of paper plates and plastic utensils.
- Arrange for a company to pick up your paper, metal and plastic recycling.
- Set thermostats to turn down (or off) when the office is closed.
- Mandate double-sided printing and explore paperless options.
- Utilize video conferencing systems instead of traveling to a meeting.
- Mandate that all computers and printers be turned off at the end of the work day.
- Develop an internal Green Team to develop green initiatives and goals.
- Establish a green policy for the office.
IN THE HOME
- Avoid plastic water bottles by keeping a reusable one with you.
- Use your own coffee mug or tumbler and save hundreds of paper cups!
- Carry a reusable bag with you (they’re a perfect fit in a purse or bag) to avoid plastic bags – many stores also offer discounts if you use your own.
- Plug your major electronics into power strips that you can switch off to avoid phantom energy.
- Load up the dishwasher instead of washing by hand to conserve water.
- Choose Energy Star appliances, they use 10 to 50 percent less energy.
- Screen savers use energy, set your computer to sleep after 20 minutes.
- Whenever you’re buying paper products, look for the highest percentage post-consumer recycled paper.
- Shop at your local farmers’ market for locally grown organic foods.
- Ask to receive and pay bills online, it saves time and paper.
ATTENDING THE THEATRE
- Print your tickets at home – and on recycled paper of course!
- To stay informed about your theatre, subscribe to an e-newsletter instead of printed brochures.
- Take public transportation to the theatre, or carpool and make it an evening out with friends!
- Share the show’s program and only take one. And if you’re not going to keep it as a memento of your evening, be sure to recycle it at the theatre in the proper receptacle.
- Looking at souvenirs? See if they have organic cotton shirts, reusable water bottles, reusable bags or other green options.
- Inform an usher if you find a leaky faucet in the restroom; they can arrange to get it fixed.
- If you purchase refreshments in a bottle or can, don’t forget to find a recycling container – there’s probably one right in the lobby!