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Greening the rest of the office

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You’re already doing your part to be “green” at the office by printing on both sides of paper, recycling and steering clear of bottled water. Now, what can you do to inspire your less-green co-workers?

Tips from Tim Sanders, author of Saving the World at Work:

Share a document by e-mailing it
or putting it on a USB drive for someone, rather than printing.

Install a water filter on the office kitchen sink to cut back on the need for bottled water.

Make signs that say “Think Before You Print”
and post them near office copiers. Leave your name and e-mail address in case anyone has a question. (Check with the boss first before posting the signs.)

Discourage people from printing e-mail
by adding this note beneath your signature: “Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.”

Before sending your PDF,  run it through It adds a pop-up box asking the recipient not to print unless necessary.

Ask a colleague in finance to help calculate how much savings the company will gain by reducing waste. Show the results to your manager and ask whether you can share them companywide. You might even earn “unique recognition for making a difference as you help the company save a dollar,” Sanders says.

Put a fun spin on it.
For example, visitors at TRIRIGA, an enterprise software company in Las Vegas, won’t find plastic foam or paper cups in the kitchen, but a a whimsical assortment of mugs and china cups.

— Adapted from “Cultivating a Green Focus Among Your Office Mates,” Elizabeth Garone, The Wall Street Journal

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