Benefits of a Company Green

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Aug 5, 2010 | By Catalina Logan

Photo Credit Green office accessories. image by Andrey Khritin from Efforts by companies to go green can be sparked by an environmentally-conscious employee, a purchaser with an eye on the bottom line or an executive interested in conveying that eco-consciousness is part of her company's brand. Whatever the original incentive, the benefits of going green can be plentiful and can inspire others to follow suit. If it's apparent your greening effort has paid off, share the good news with local press outlets to let people know how you did it.

Cost Savings From Decreased Energy Use
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the equipment we use in our workplace accounts for the fastest growing use of electricity in commercial buildings in the United States. Whether your company has invested in Energy Star equipment that goes into "sleep" mode when not in use, or whether your employees have made a concerted effort to shut off all equipment at night, the savings in this area can be in the realm of 40 to 60 percent.
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Environmental Benefits From Decreased Resource Consumption

Did you know that each employee in the average office discards about 350 pounds of paper each year? According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC, reducing your company's consumption of paper helps minimize the impact of the pulp and paper industry, which it considers one of the most environmentally destructive industries in the world. The NRDC calculates that green offices that make small changes, like buying 40 cases of paper made of 30 percent postconsumer content rather than virgin pulp, can save 2,100 gallons of water, 18 pounds of air pollution, and 1,230 kilowatt-hours of electricity, in addition to saving seven trees.

Better Productivity
Common sense dictates that an office where you feel comfortable will make you happier and will foster a better attitude about work. Now the data is out to support this claim: a renovated building in the City of Melbourne, Australia, that received the prestigious 6 Star Green Star--Office Design rating from the country's Green Building Council found that staff productivity increased by 10.9 percent since work began on their new green office. Estimates of the cost savings generated by this increase in productivity are around $2 million Australian dollars. Even if your building hasn't undergone a complete facelift, don't underestimate the amount by which a more sustainable workplace can transform the attitudes of the people who occupy the workplace

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Jun 30, 2010 | By Rebecca Lake

Photo Credit green globe on green background image by Brent Walker from As global warming and climate change continue to threaten the planet's atmosphere, the green living movement is helping people become more environmentally aware. Going green means changing your behavior and your lifestyle in ways that are designed to reduce the amount of pollution and waste you generate. While most people are aware that going green is good for the environment, it's important to understand the specific benefits of green living.

Resource Conservation
Part of going green means conserving nonrenewable natural resources, including fossil fuels such as oil and coal, and maximizing the life cycle of those resources that are sustainable, such as trees. Recycling just one ton of paper products conserves 17 trees and 2 barrels of oil, which in turn saves 4,100 kilowatts of energy and 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, while preventing 60 pounds of air pollution, according to The green movement also encourages the conservation of our freshwater supply by reducing pollution and eliminating potential sources of contamination, such as landfill waste.
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Wildlife Preservation
Going green also helps to preserve mammals and marine wildlife by protecting their habitats and reducing their exposure to air and water pollution. estimates that 50 million acres of rainforest are destroyed each year, which results in the extinction of approximately 100 different species each day. Recycling is a key part of going green, and it not only reduces waste, which can potentially end up in water sources and threaten marine life, but it can also help to slow the rate of deforestation.

Energy Conservation
Going green encourages the conservation of energy that is derived from nonrenewable fossil fuels and the use of alternative energy sources, such as wind or solar energy. According to,

recycling just one aluminum can conserves the same amount of energy as six ounces of gasoline, and increasing the amount of steel that is currently recycled by 50 percent would save the energy equivalent of seven nuclear power plants. While the popularity of sustainable green energy sources is increasing, the world is still heavily dependent on oil and coal in particular to supply its energy needs.

Reducing Pollution
Going green also helps the environment by reducing the amount of air and water pollution that is generated. When fossil fuels burn, they give off greenhouse gases, which are believed to contribute to the global warming problem. Reducing energy usage, recycling, reducing waste and limiting fuel consumption can all contribute to a decrease in air and water pollution. For example, reducing driving time and maintaining your car regularly can reduce carbon monoxide emissions by as much as 47 percent, according to

Reduced Waste
Going green encourages people to make the most of the resources they have on hand and to reduce the amount of waste they create by recycling whenever possible. According to, Americans create enough garbage every day to equal the weight of the Empire State Building. Reducing waste saves landfill space, conserves energy, reduces the strain on natural resources and reduces contamination of our soil, air and water sources

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May 1, 2011 | By Debby Mayne

Photo Credit Sean Murphy/Lifesize/Getty Images The definition of going green means to respect and help save the earth's resources by recycling products, reducing the use of products that aren't earth friendly and using nontoxic, organic products. Arguments can be made for and against going green. While the concept has been accepted by many individuals and organizations, going green has its disadvantages.

Assortment of Receptacles
Instead of a single bin to place refuse, you'll need one for garbage and others for each type of recyclable item. This can mean placing several containers around your home or office to accommodate paper recyclables, aluminum, glass and plastic.
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Recycled Paper
Recycled paper currently doesn't have the same texture as the original paper. Toilet paper that has been made of recycled paper is likely to be scratchy and rough, according to "The Downside of Going Green" on the Classes and Careers website. Another issue is that many of the paper products that are being used for recycling are dwindling, since much of the publishing industry is moving toward electronic formats.

Bamboo Furniture
One of the most popular materials for furniture with ecologists is the fast-growing bamboo. Some offices have switched to bamboo office chairs that are designed for ecology rather than comfort. Since bamboo grows so quickly, it makes sense to use it if you're looking for ways to go green. The problem with bamboo is that it generally isn't comfortable.

Organic Meats and Produce
Going green with organic food can deplete the green in your wallet, since organic meat and produce tends to cost more than other meats, vegetables and fruits. As more farmers meet the demands for chemical- and hormone-free foods, their costs will rise in order to raise the animals and grow gardens that are pest free.

Biodegradable Containers
According to Class and Careers, biodegradable containers made of sugar cane waste break down much more quickly than traditional plastic and Styrofoam containers. This can create a mess if the containers start to collapse from coming into contact with fats and moisture in the foods and other items they're designed to hold.

Solar Power
Although solar power makes sense since the sun is a constant energy source, the solar panels and solar cells tend to be initially expensive. Another disadvantage is that solar power can't be accessed on completely overcast days, during a storm or at night, according to Alternate Power. Certain areas have less sun than others, making it necessary to have an alternate energy source.

Paperless Office
The concept of a paperless office makes sense to those who don't want stacks of paper piling up, creating clutter and forming a recycling nightmare. There are still some disadvantages of a completely paperless office, according to Super Green Me. These include the initial cost of the electronic storage equipment, regulations that may currently require paper documentation, some readers' lack of ability to read electronic material and the fear of electronic crashes

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Jul 8, 2010 | By Brian Willett

Photo Credit stock photography illustrating safe environment image by Ruslana Stovner from Going green, or becoming more environmentally responsible, is a hot trend in 2010, with many individuals and businesses altering habits and practices to reduce their impact on the environment. But going green is more than a fad--respecting the earth has many benefits that extend beyond being in the environmental in-crowd. Businesses and companies of all sizes stand to gain a lot from going green.

Improve Employee Morale
Going green is beneficial for the planet, but these benefits can improve more than just the environment outside your company walls. Making responsible choices regarding the earth can improve the environment inside your company by boosting employee morale. As the Green Business Alliance notes, going green can set a positive example for your workers and encourage them to follow your lead. In addition, employees will be proud to be part of a company that cares.
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Save Money
Going green doesn't just help save the environment, it also helps save money as well. As USA Today notes, many businesses have reaped the financial benefits of adopting environmentally friendly practices. Cutting out waste in product manufacturing, packaging and other fields can make a big difference--USA Today explains that merely allowing more employees to telecommute helped save Sun Microsystems hundreds of millions of dollars. While not all changes in policy will have such dramatic effects, eliminating waste can save money.

Corporate Reputation

Another way in which companies can benefit from going green is through improvement in corporate reputation. As author and corporate reputation researcher Sharon Beder notes in her paper, "Environmentalists Help Manage Corporate Reputations," large, high-profile companies have improved their reputations through environmental reform. Beder adds that environmental responsibility lends credibility and functions as a public relations tool.

Cleaner, Healthier Work Environment
The Green Business Alliance notes that going green can help provide a cleaner, healthier work environment for employees. This may benefit your company by reducing health insurance claims and keeping employees happier. Replacing heavily polluting machinery with newer, cleaner equipment can keep contaminants out of the air and out of your workers' lungs

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