Happy Earth Day to all!
My workplace is running Green Week and I thought I would share some of the activities they have going on,
- They issued tumblers to everyone in a bid to reduce the use of disposable cups and bottles. The tumblers were made in the US and manufactured using solar power. Meeting coordinators stopped ordering drinks for meetings and instead use carafes filled with water for meetings. Attendees are encouraged to
bring their own cups/tumblers.
- We have food trucks that come to the office building and this week, one of Columbus’ Organic Food Trucks: The Pickled Swine will be visiting.
- The Sierra Club and Aveda have been teaming up to restore, improve, and protect Ohio’s freshwater resources. Aveda will be offering chair massages ($5 for five minutes) at the office with the funds going to preserve Ohio’s fresh water via the Sierra Club.
- On Tuesday this week, they are challenging the office to reduce paper printing activity by 50% or more. Two tips they provided was to use the EcoSMART setting to print, and to print on both sides of the paper.
- They arranged a lunch session with a remodeling company that will share the basics of green design and products. The topics discussed will give us the knowledge to help conserve Earth’s resources and live in a healthier environment by changing a few habits and household products.
- The Head of Global Sustainability for our company (a multinational company), is scheduled to be in the building for a session to share his insights and take any questions the employees might have on the topic.
- A tour of of a LEED-certified building is scheduled for the core "Green Team" though anyone else who wants to join the tour can have the opportunity to do so.
- The building that houses our offices is looking into single-stream recycling which will radically change our already progressive recycling setups.
There's a good vibe going on at work for Green Week and the level of awareness for green work habits and behavior is really catching on. It's nice to work for a company who puts the time and effort into reducing waste, recycling, and conserving our planet.For other ideas on a more personal basis, here's a previous post I wroteon "Living Green".