Ten more greener office tips

Here are some more.

  1. Don’t provide disposable lunch ware.
  2. Replace bottled water coolers with a water filter (and chiller).
  3. Push regional and national organizations (UUA districts, UCC conferences) to offer high-quality real time media of important events, to cut out unnecessary travel.
  4. Ask staffers to turn off inessential computers at the end of the work day.
  5. Replace CRT computer monitors with LCD monitors at their end-of-life.
  6. If your website provides church-wide news like a newsletter and has a feed, encourage people to opt-out of a paper newsletter. (Matching practices found in the commercial world. I wish the UUA’s newsletters came this way.)
  7. Try rail, bus and carpooling first for attending meetings.
  8. When your printer or photocopier comes to its end-of-life, replace it with one that can print duplex (both sides) and has an Energy Star certification.
  9. “Flip and clip” — even if you do print duplex (and you should) there will be some print-outs that are printed on one side and will be discarded. Flip them over and clip them together to make a scratch pad. I do this and almost never need to write longhand on fresh paper. (Then recycle your notes when done.)
  10. Do you really need letterhead? If not, consider a “formal” print stock like Staples’ 28 pound, 30% recycled paper; it has a great feel but still carries some green weight. (Otherwise, use more email and PDFs.)

Adding in Ms. Theologian, we seem to have our own little green carnival!

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


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