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Homes Are Greener Than Workplaces Due to Lack of Leadership

Conservation behavior changes from home to work and every voice matters!

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Work Recycling vs. Home Recycling

A poll for Randstad USA by Harris Interactive found that over all, 77 percent of the 2,079 respondents said they recycle, but only 49 percent said they do so at work.

In the survey, conducted from Jan. 17 to 21, 2008 online, 93 percent reported turning off lights and computers when they leave home. But only 50 percent flip the off switch when they leave work for the night.

Company Policies, Upfits and Purchasing Options

Some companies are establishing policies for double-sided copying, paper recycling or electronic faxes only. Others save electricity by installing timers on lights and automating computer shutdowns. Some are even subsidizing gasoline conservation. Some have stopped buying bottled water and have replaced them with pitchers and glasses. And ceramic or biodegradable coffee cups -- served with shade grown, sustainable coffee, of course.

Employee Action

Some employees are taking it upon themselves to take recyclable materials home to be added to their residential recycling containers, or their worm composting bins.

Things get competitive when employees start to monitor and measure their green efforts. They cheer each other on...and urge fellow workers to reduce their impact. Online Calculators are hot new tools to share and discuss...and energy saving tips flow openly as people creatively deal with the new costs of electricity and fuel.

Workplace Conservation has turned workplace conservation into a competitive sport. Offices form teams and battle to see who can make the greatest dent in carbon emissions. The site offers challenges:
  • Go a week without using disposable coffee cups.
  • Abandon your car for public transportation once a week.
Where there's a will...there's a way, as my mother used to say!

SOURCE: New York Times

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