As a country, we are making great strides towards a more eco-conscious, sustainable future. Individuals and businesses alike are seeing the benefits of green technology and energy efficiency in their communities. While your business may be in the process of switching to energy-efficient or renewable technologies, there are several ways in which you can make your office more eco-friendly while encouraging staff to participate.
Have your staff participate in one or several of these eco-friendly initiatives while at work. All of these are fun for employees, easy to implement, and will make your business a greener place to work and shop.
Recycling is a great way to reduce office waste and your overall carbon footprint at work. By adding a recycling bin near all of your trash cans, along with appropriate labeling of what you can and can’t recycle, your office will reduce waste almost instantly. Recycling bins should be placed where everyone can see them, such as in your break room or next to printers and desks where paper is often thrown out.
Plastic Pickup Day
MaintenX is headquartered in sunny Tampa, Florida, where there are many beautiful public beaches. While our staff and clients enjoy spending their off hours in the sand and sun, many of these beaches are littered with plastics and other debris that goes right into the ocean. In your city, there is likely another natural resource, park, or beautiful area that suffers from the same plastic dilemma. Do something about it by organizing a plastic pickup day.
Donation matching for an eco-friendly charity of your choice.
In addition to making your office space greener, encourage staff to give back to their communities with a charity donation matching program. Choose a charity that everyone in the office agrees upon. You could donate to a state park (in Tampa you might choose Hillsborough River State Park or the nearby Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park), a wildlife refuge, or a national organization such as the Conservation Fund. You may even want to plan an after-hours volunteer day with your staff to celebrate your contribution.
Employees feel more engaged when there is more to their workday than business as usual. By implementing these green initiatives in the office, you are providing a work culture that has meaning and purpose. Your employees will be inspired, and you will be able to contribute to making your community a clean and healthy place to live.
Businesses can also contribute to making an eco-friendly community by investing in energy-efficient appliances and equipment. MaintenX encourages all of our clients to learn about the benefits of high-efficiency machinery for your bottom line as well as for your community at large. Contact us today to learn more.