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Taking It Slow

  • Reduce. Reduce the size of your margins on documents you know will be printed. Reducing the margins means more words on a page and fewer pages to be printed. For more convincing statistics and instructions on how to change your margins, visit this site from UC Davis.
  • Reuse. Bring reusable dishes to work rather than using paper or foam products. Polystyrene dishes create waste that does not go away and can often drift after being thrown away, impacting our land and waterways.
  • Recycle. Start a recycling program at your office by contracting a service to pick up your recyclables OR create an office-wide rotation to drop items off at a recycling center.
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle. Bring it all together at the office by using two-sided printing and copying; buying supplies made with recycled content; and recycling used printer cartridges.
  • One click. Connect all of the electronics on your desk to one power strip that you can turn off at the end of the day. This equipment can use energy even when idle or on stand-by.


We’re Talking Commitment

  • Park it. Leave your car at home and take the bus to work. Keeping your car at home twice a week can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year. Local bus schedules and additional information are available from Metro.
  • Give it up. Work with a leasing program, school or neighborhood organization to ensure that when it’s time to retire computers and other electronic equipment, they are reused, recycled or donated.
  • Use the web. Allow employees to opt into receiving payroll information via the Internet rather than as a paper copy.
  • Looking good. Use recycled paper and vegetable/soy-based inks for promotional materials.
  • Anybody home? Install light sensors in offices, break rooms, copy areas and hallways so that lighting shuts off when an area is unused.