Sustainability Tips

Energy

•  Reduce computer and office equipment energy usage – install energy management software & shutdown nights and weekends
•  Reduce air conditioner usage – use windows and fans, set thermostats higher
•  Ensure HVAC system is serviced and running optimally
•  Replace appliances with new Energy Star models; eliminate any small or lightly used refrigerators
•  Replace all incandescent bulbs with CFLs
•  Reduce hot water use with low-flow showerheads
•  Wash clothing in cold water
•  Install a clothes line

Water

•  Reduce flush volume of toilets by inserting a water filled plastic bottle in the tank
•  Install low-flow showerheads and aerators
•  Save “warm up” water from your shower in a bucket to use in the garden
•  Sweep instead of hose down driveways and patios
•  Check sprinklers/irrigation for leaks and coverage; don't water hardscape or during the day
•  Replace thirsty plants with native, drought tolerant ones
•  Scrape rather than rinse dishes before putting in dishwasher
•  Use biodegradable soap when hand washing dishes in a plastic container, then use “grey water” in the garden

Purchasing

•  Develop and follow a purchasing plan/policy to include:
- recycled content for all paper (copy, printing, calendars, folders, etc.)
- Energy Star rating for everything with a plug
- non-toxic cleaning supplies
•  Eliminate disposable plates, utensils, cups, paper towels
•  Switch to a water filtration system rather than bottle delivery or buying plastic water bottles
•  Investigate total cost of ownership (TCO) of printing infrastructure (inks, paper, service)

Waste

•  Set up comprehensive recycling program
•  Compost food waste
•  Use cloth towels and sponges instead of paper towels whenever possible
•  Bring your own shopping bags (no plastic bags!)

Pollution Prevention

•  Add pollution-filtering indoor plants to your home or office
•  Add door mats inside and outside of all doors
•  Reduce use of toxic chemical cleaners
•  Buy low VOC products
•  Use unbleached and/or chlorine-free paper products (paper towels, napkins, coffee filters, etc.)
•  Drive less, bike and walk more

Be a “Locavore”

•  Grow your own vegetables and herbs
•  Frequent your local Farmer's Market
•  Buy items in your home town and when possible made locally
•  Enjoy our local parks, libraries and other (free) activities

Involve Your Family, Employees

•  Set goals based on assessment and track improvements
•  Make it fun! Utilize friendly competitions to get people involved and promote changing behaviors
•  Reward good “green” behavior
•  Share successes to inspire others