It can be easy being–and saving–green

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Going green doesn't have to cost a lot. In fact, it can actually save money. For starters:

Use recycled paper for printing, copying and holiday cards, and set computers to print two-sided. Look for 100% recycled goods at office-supply stores or at specialty web sites such as www.thegreenoffice.com and www.dolphinblue.com.

Start an organized carpooling initiative by posting a sign-up sheet in a communal area, touting its cost- and energy-saving benefits. Improve fuel economy for those who drive alone by coordinating with building management to provide air compressors for tires.

Send internal documents by e-mail or intranet, not printed versions. Law firm Arnold & Potter (600 employees) saves about 350,000 sheets of paper a year with this strategy, a spokesman tells The Washington Post.

Suggest using nondisposable trays and cups in the cafeteria, and pitchers instead of bottled water in meeting rooms.

Petition to add recycling bins for aluminum cans, plastic bottles and newspapers. Kate Bunting of Centreville, VA, tells The Washington Post that some of her colleagues have asked for more bins throughout their office, and others have boxes at their desks where they dump newspapers, cans and bottles, then take the collections home to recycle. Once an office sees what employees are willing to do, it’s more inclined to take action.

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