Being Green in the Office

Since the majority of people spend a large portion of their time in an office building, it is valuable to learn tips that allow us to be the most sustainable we can in this environment. has a comprehensive list of tips, and here is a summary of their useful ideas:


Paper Use

  • Consider whether material to be printed can be shared over email
  • Print double-sided
  • Use scratch paper for notes
  • Print on recycled paper whenever possible
  • Recycle papers that you are finished with

Computer Use

  • Adjust settings to conserve energy, such as allowing the computer to hibernate or standby after a short period of inactivity
  • Lower the screen’s brightness level
  • Turn off your computer at the end of each day


  • Exchange older bulbs for eco-friendly, Energy Star rated bulbs
  • Open the blinds to utilize natural sunlight
  • Turn off the lights whenever you leave the room


  • Open windows or doors and put down the blinds to keep the office cool
  • Dress in layers rather than turning up the thermostat

Water Use

  • Do not use the sink with full pressure
  • Wash dishes by hand rather than using the dish washer


  • Bring a reusable bag and Tupperware containers rather than using paper or plastic bags
  • Compost the food that you do not finish if the office has a compost system in place


  • Taking public transportation, carpooling, walking, or biking, are all environmentally friendly forms of commuting



Written by Abigail Fagan, class of 2014.

Photo source Wikipedia, English: clean cubicle seen from South

I have taken this picture with my camera and I am placing it in the public domain —AlainV 02:16, 12 Jan 2005 (UTC)

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