The Green Office
The Green Office is not about the color of your office space walls, but the desire of business owners and managers to be socially and environmentally responsible. Many tenants are beginning to insist on more environmentally friendly office space. According to a recent Green Building survey "Despite the financial scars, the principle of energy efficiency is now deeply embedded in the culture of commercial real estate. An overwhelming 95% of corporate respondents stress that green design is important in the site selection process." If you are reading this, you are probably included in this group; those who are recognizing their corporate responsibility to be good citizens. Many are taking The Green Office; the use of recycled, environmentally friendly, and sustainable business products, and paper, very seriously.
A Green Office incorporates design, construction and operational practices that significantly reduces or eliminates negative impacts on the environment and its occupants. The green office is an opportunity to use resources efficiently while creating healthier environments for people to live and work in. Photo at right is Joe Serna Jr. California EPA Headquarters Building Sacramento, CA
Green office space not only includes the building, office products, but transportation as well.
The National Safety Council estimates that riding the bus is over 170 times safer than automobile travel – and it's greener too!
One person flying from Los Angeles to New York causes as many emissions as the average American driver does over the course of 2 months
The US Green Building Council has the LEED Rating System to rate buildings as to their environmental friendliness. "The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. "
The BIG question:
How can we incorporate the Green Office into our
business without too much pain? In actuality, it is not too
Following some of these tips will not only help your office become greener, but will save you money, too.
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