- Undergo a comprehensive energy assessment to get an analysis of what opportunities you have to make improvements and what the payback periods would be for them.
- Focus on operational/behavior changes first, as they are often no cost or low cost options. Turn down the thermostat a few degrees in the winter, close off unused rooms, turn off lights, unplug electronics, etc.
- Upgrade lighting, as it is likely your largest source of electric consumption. An average office space uses 50%+ of electricity on lighting. Lighting upgrades also have the shortest payback periods and offer a number of additional benefits, including productivity increases.
- Join the Cleveland 2030 District.
- Buy local through food service procurement
- Promote benefits of local food internally within their company
- Offer Community Support Agriculture (CSA) drop-off locations at worksite for employees
- Identify any benefits or incentives that company’s HR/Healthcare Insurance provide to support the purchase of healthy, local food
Advanced and Renewable Energy
- In tandem with energy efficiency projects, business owners should consider installing advanced and renewable energy to show leadership and reduce energy costs. Installations can include wind turbines, co-generation, solar PV, solar thermal, biomass and geothermal.
- Print double-sided and make it your default printer setting
- Conduct a waste audit. Figuring out what you really throw away can give you ideas on what you need to reduce.
- Drink from a reusable mug or water bottle;pack your lunch in a reusable container and lunch bag.
- Offer your employees RTA Commuter Advantage Program
- Offer preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles or carpools
- Invest in fleet efficiency and reduce vehicle miles traveled through tele-conferencing
For more ways to reduce your environmental impact at work, visit our resources page.