Be Greener


Employee Encouragement

  • 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.

Office Initiatives

  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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!



NYC WasteLess
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NRDC Greening Advisor
NRDC Greening Advisor |
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