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4/24/2012

If you're like us, you're making strides toward reducing our environmental impact, but there's always more to do. If you're looking for the next step-after improving the workspace around you-consider becoming your office's official (or unofficial) green advocate.

                  - Join the board (or just become a member) of a local or national Green council 

                  - Talk to your building management about adding recycling services
                  - Send out weekly emails to the staff including Green tips and tricks
                  - Formalize your Green efforts, both for economical benefits and positive PR


Join a local or national Green council

The best resource we've found for finding a Green group in your area is GreenBiz.com's organizations page, located at http://greenbiz.com/resources/organizations . With local and national groups highlighted, it's your best bet for finding a group that fits your needs and goals. Once you've joined, publicize your membership on your company site, social networking profiles, and email signature. Your colleagues and contacts will take notice and ask you about how they can "Go Green."

Talk to your building management about adding recycling services

You can use recycling bins to your heart's content, but if your building's cleaning crew tosses everything in the same trash bin, all your hard work will be lost. Short of staying late to supervise their actions, place a call to building management and ask about recycling. If they don't offer the service, ask about their objection, and then petition the rest of the building's tenants to gain their support. If they're still reluctant to help, offer to help find an alternative vendor that provides recycling services.

Send out weekly emails to the staff including Green tips and tricks

Many people want to do more to protect the environment and reduce their personal impact, but they don't know where to start. A weekly email about Green topics will keep the issue top-of-mind. Just remember to keep it short and sweet, and we recommend providing a link to give your tip credibility. Unsure of where to start? Bookmark your favorites on these sites, and then write a one-paragraph summary of each. You'll have ten weeks' worth in no time, and you'll be the go-to person for Green knowledge in the workplace. The Earth will thank you.


                  - http://greenbiz.com/resources/howto
                  - http://www.treehugger.com/gogreen.php
                  - http://www.conservation.org/learn/Pages/default.aspx


Formalize your Green efforts, both for economical benefits and positive PR

Even if your company is too small for a separate Green division, a formal approach to "Going Green" can help executives buy in to the long-term benefits and help generate some positive news for your business. Start by writing an environmental mission statement and presenting it to the company leadership. Get the mission presented at a company meeting, and you're sure to find like-minded individuals that can help you organize your efforts.

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