Here are some more.
- Don’t provide disposable lunch ware.
- Replace bottled water coolers with a water filter (and chiller).
- Push regional and national organizations (UUA districts, UCC conferences) to offer high-quality real time media of important events, to cut out unnecessary travel.
- Ask staffers to turn off inessential computers at the end of the work day.
- Replace CRT computer monitors with LCD monitors at their end-of-life.
- 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.)
- Try rail, bus and carpooling first for attending meetings.
- 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.
- “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.)
- 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!