Developing and Maintaining Green Practices in Your Workplace

There is often a great deal of focus on developing green practices for the business. Popular, effective solutions include digitization, energy-saving features on electronics, and various recycling programs. There is not, however, nearly enough focus on the maintenance and evolution of those strategies. The unfortunate truth is that most green practices in the workplace eventually wither and die.

So how do we prevent that from happening in our workplace?

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The Paperless Office: Will it Ever Really Happen?

One of the biggest issues preventing the wide-spread adoption of a paperless office is old habits. People are simply accustomed to using paper for a variety of things. While new technologies are emerging daily, they take time to gain acceptance and mainstream popularity.

Original paperless office systems were technical, expensive and required extensive chances and planning within the office. Newer systems are streamlined, easy to use and simple to set up. While the paperless office might not be the main way of operating a business in the next month or year, it is closer to reality than ever before.

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Cheap Pay-As-You Go Solar for Developing Countries

When you switch on a light- you have power! Quite literally. The power to connect, to use modern technology, listen to music, run advance cooking appliances. But the same power also ends itself to some very basic needs like plain and simple light- to read, study, cook. More than half a billion in sub-saharain Africa lack grid power and spend more on fuel than most developed nations in terms of salary percentages. The issue with renewables: upfront costs and Eight19 is solving this problem through an innovative pay-as-you-go solar.

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Webinar Recap: How Businesses Can Reduce Single Use Plastics

For businesses, communities, citizen groups, and the health of our ecosystems, it’s a moral imperative that we reduce our use of single use plastics. They require the extraction of fossil fuels and the processing of petroleum, transportation across thousands of miles, and then they’re in use for 1-5 minutes and last a thousand years or more. They leach chemicals that can end up in our food, and wildlife mistakes plastic bags for potential prey items like jellyfish, and end up ingesting them.

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Why Lush Cosmetics is Saying NO to Keystone XL

Today, nationwide retailer LUSH Cosmetics, in partnership with 350.org is making a powerful statement against the Keystone XL project.

LUSH will convert 80 of its US shops into polling stations and urges its customers to say NO to the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline as part of the company’s campaign to halt further expansion of Canada’s tar sands. LUSH believes that Americans should have a say in their energy future and are utilizing their shops, website and brave staff to give everyday people a chance to do so.

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Stakeholder Relationships: Key to a Sustainable Enterprise

Most companies envy the passionate loyalty that Apple customers have for their products, the dedication that Southwest Airlines employees demonstrate without understanding that effectively managing their stakeholder relationships is the key to earning these benefits. Employee engagement and customer loyalty are intangible (non-physical) assets that contribute more to the value of a company than the physical ‘things’ it owns.

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Dreamers into Doers 2012: How to Green Your Business and Save Money

My colleague and friend Karen Lee (aka Ecokaren and editor of our sister site Green Living Ideas) was invited to give a talk on “How to Green Your Business and Save Money” at Dreamers into Doers Annual Conference. This event sponsored by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) took place in NYC last week. Dreamers into Doers is a Martha Stewart community that celebrates talented and creative women who turn their dreams into careers they love.

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7 Free Tools to Green Your Business

7 Free Tools to Green Your Business (via sustainablog) Presenting as both a trend and a necessity, people around the world are working everyday to find new and innovative ways to limit the impact of their lives, both personal and professional, on the Earth. While there are obvious offenders all around us, we can all make worthwhile changes to our routines and processes in order to participate in the slow but steady march towards environmental accountability, often saving money at…

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Facebook Goes Green

Corporations often times leave us all thinking that they are the titans that will rule our world if we are not careful. In the case of Facebook, it has not been much of a target except for fears about its use of subscriber data. In a recent move the company announced that, inspired by the open source software model, they would initiate the Open Compute Project. After investing millions building a new data center in Prineville, Oregon the company announced all of the design specs for the data center. All of the specs were made public so others could easily emulate the data center, and it looks like Facebook is going green.

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