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Take Action At Work
building principles (http://www.ofee.gov)
to your office buildings - they affect natural resources, land use, energy
worker and public health, and community well being. With sustainable
design - or green building - tools, the federal government can
protect human health and worker productivity, reduce costs and
risks, and build with greater responsibility towards future generations.
Green Building principles lead to building in greater harmony
with the environment, consciously sustaining and renewing natural
Reduce energy use
Reduce, reuse, and recycle office products
- Buy recycled content, remanufactured, and recyclable office
products, and recycle them when appropriate (including e-cycling
electronics). At a minimum, buy recycled paper and recycle
it again. See the small business guide to pollution prevention
for more information: epa.gov/p2/assist/sbg.htm
- Clean Out Your Files and recycle papers you no longer need.
Many organizations sponsor cleaning weeks; check with your
office management staff.
- Use spell check and proofread before you print or copy. Print
double sided whenever possible. Minimize the amount of paper
- Buy reusable office supplies instead of disposable supplies.
- Set up an area to store and exchange reusable office supplies,
such as binders
- Recycle fluorescent bulbs properly to prevent hazardous mercury
from entering the environment.
preferable cleaning supplies
In addition to these items, check the Environmental Protection
the Workplace" page (epa.gov/epahome/workplac.htm).
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