This Earth Day, Green Your Office

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Easy Steps to a More Sustainable Work Environment From Green Seal™

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Ensuring that office operations are sustainable not only helps the environment, but also saves businesses money

This Earth Day, Green Seal, the nation’s original independent non-profit certifier of sustainable goods and services and the original “Green Seal of Approval,” is offering some simple ways you can green your office.

Ensuring that office operations are sustainable – including such practices as double-sided copying, using occupancy sensors for lighting, and enabling sleep mode for electronics products – not only helps the environment but also saves businesses money. Businesses that implement proper recycling and use recycled materials have the added benefit of encouraging employees to be more efficient with other office expenses and activities. Sustainable practices can also be a marketing benefit for offices in retaining and recruiting staff as well as improve corporate social responsibility.

Here are some other tips Green Seal offers for a greener office:

  •     Recycle whenever possible, including paper, plastics, aluminum, and glass (whatever is recyclable in your location)
  •     Make double-sided printing the default for all printing and copying
  •     Appoint a Green Leader to assist in training and education of staff
  •     Train current and new employees on proper office green practices and procedures
  •     Purchase paper-based products that are made with recycled content
  •     Stock the kitchen with reusable options such as glasses, mugs, plates, and utensils
  •     Buy products in bulk or try refillable options
  •     Purchase third-party certified environmentally-preferable products
  •     Make transportation to and from work part of the greening process by offering pre-tax withdrawals for public transport, have bike racks available, or create a carpool program

Additional areas for greening your office include programs for waste reduction; IT equipment and management; and training and education for staff.

If you want to formalize the process of greening your office and gain recognition for it, Green Seal offers a Green Office Partnership Program. As part of the program, a trained specialist from Green Seal evaluates the office’s operations either in person or virtually through web conferencing. Following the evaluation, each office is assessed against a set of mandatory and optional criteria; Green Seal provides recommendations on ways that the office could further integrate sustainable practices into their daily operations, such as by developing environmentally-preferable purchasing policies. For more information go to Green Office Partnership.


About Green Seal
The original “Green Seal of Approval” was founded in 1989 to help safeguard the health of people and the planet. As an independent, science-based standards developer and certification body, Green Seal identifies products and services that are environmentally responsible, and provides public education for creating a more sustainable world. Call (202) 872-6400 for more information, or visit for links to all Green Seal standards, certified products and services, and programs.

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