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Green Practices at Work
Going green at home has been a big topic in the news, but what about going green at work? Spread the word and help make an impact by implementing green practices at your office.

Green Your Office
• Leaving for lunch or a meeting? Make it a habit to turn off the lights when you are leaving the room for 15 minutes or more. Timers or motion sensors that automatically shut off lights when they're not needed can also be installed.
• Artificial lighting accounts for 44 percent of electricity use in office buildings, so try using natural light whenever possible.
• Check to see if your office is using Energy Star rated lightbulbs and fixtures, which use at least two-thirds less energy than regular lighting.
• Buy a smart power strip so that your entire work station can be turned off at once and you cut back on phantom power. 
• Recycle toner and ink cartridges and buy remanufactured ones. According to Office Depot, each remanufactured toner cartridge "keeps approximately 2.5 pounds of metal and plastic out of landfills...and conserves about a half gallon of oil."
• The average U.S office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper a year. Try not to waste paper by printing unnecessarily. Always try to print on both sides of the paper or use the back side of old documents for drafts, faxes or scrap paper.
• Recycle paper and other materials used in your office. Much of what is sent to landfills by offices can easily be reused.
• Go digital with your documents. When a manual is updated or a newsletter is published, send it to employees through e-mail or post it online to save paper.
• Consider purchasing green office supplies. Check out Green Office, an online retailer of recycled, environmentally friendly and sustainable business products, school supplies and paper.
• American workers spend an average of 47 hours per year stuck in rush hour traffic. Try carpooling, biking or taking public transportation to work once or twice a week if possible.  Or, see if your employer will allow you to remotely, even if only for a day or two each week.
• Brighten up the office with plants, which absorb indoor pollution.
• Bring your lunch to work in your own reusable containers instead of eating out. Or, if you do order delivery, combine order with coworkers, which is more efficient than several separate ones.

Make Your Computer Greener
• When you’re not going to use your computer for a long period of time, turn off your computer at the wall to avoid it extra energy consumption.
• Make sure the power saving options on your computer are enabled for the times when it’s temporarily not in use.  Putting your computer to sleep can cut energy use by 70 percent.
• Change your screen saver to a blank screen because animated screen savers use electricity unnecessarily.
• Extra bright screens also consume extra electricity.
• When the time comes for a new computer, try donating it rather than throwing it away. You can find places to donate your computer to on Earth911.org