Many state and local government are passing laws to go green. Many factors are impacting these choices, from rising temperatures and increasing greenhouse gas emissions to a growing world population that has to be sustained on limited land and resources. Governments pass laws for both individuals and businesses to ensure a greener world for years to come.
Many businesses make efforts for more sustainable living on their own, without government pressure. These businesses are driven by leaders and employees who want to see real change in how people live in the world. Lately, we have seen everything from companies using less plastic in their packaging to switching to organic produce when possible. Companies everywhere can follow suit. A few small changes by businesses can add up to big effects for the planet.
1. Work from Home Days
Many businesses are creating flexible work schedules for their employees so that they can work from home or other remote locations. This means fewer cars on the road, less gas being consumed and fewer emissions in the atmosphere. Even implementing work-from-home days a few times a month can help businesses go green. In addition, many businesses offer incentives for employees to use public transportation, including bus pass reimbursement. By giving employees alternative ways to get to work or to work from home, businesses help keep the environment clean.
2. Local Agriculture
Businesses in many regions are able to create relationships with local farmers. These local farms can help businesses set up composting and recycling programs in their buildings. The local farms can then collect the compost and use it to help naturally fertilize their fruits and vegetables. Businesses also partner with these local farmers to offer community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes full of local produce to their employees. When people eat local produce, the environment suffers less because there are fewer long-haul trucks and airplanes involved. Businesses who have cafeterias can work with local farmers to use produce and create seasonal meal offerings that are environmentally friendly.
3. Energy Audits
Businesses who want to be more sustainable can have energy audits. Energy auditors can explain how and where energy is being used and how it might be wasted. Many businesses already reduced the heating or cooling on nights and weekends. Some have allowed for thermostat control of temperatures in each room to avoid over cooling or heating spaces that are all on the same output. Ceiling fans, curtains and window treatments can help increase energy efficiency within a building as well.
4. Recycling/Upcycling Electronics
Businesses go through a lot of technology to stay current. Instead of letting that tech wind up in landfills, businesses can use recycling programs to offset the environmental impact. In addition, many businesses donate their used computers or other electronic equipment to schools or after-school programs. Now that STEM is such a big focus, there are community organizations that focus on science and technology education. Businesses can partner with these organizations to offer outdated electronics that can be studied by interested students. Technology can also go to job centers and to women’s shelters to help people get a fresh start in life. By recycling technological equipment, businesses help keep chemicals and metals out of landfills, soil and water.
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