Building a sustainable office environment

March 26th, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

A innovate US-based firm has built a sustainable office environment by significantly cutting back on their consumption levels and renovating an old building.

Inspired by the Steve Jobs biography, attorney Ryan McKeen decided to incorporate business lessons he gleaned from the book in his own workspace in Connecticut. Realising that creating a sustainable office environment can both improve the company profile as well as curtailing cost, he reused a historic building in the city as a starting point for his green ambitions.

Speaking to The Hartford magazine, Mr McKeen said: “This was our jumping-off point. Now we can look like what we say we are. We love this building.”

Once the location was set, the company focussed on reducing consumption in the workplace. Considering the average US office worker consumes 10,000 sheets of paper per year, this seemed like a good starting point for Mr McKeen and his team.

They implemented PDF- friendly policies which meant that documents could be downloaded and sent electronically, without having to be printed out. The firm also made sure they were using only 100 per cent recycled materials, including envelopes and business cards, as well as recycling all waste paper and installing energy efficient light bulbs. Cloud hosting and setting ‘sleep’ times on computers also helped to cut costs.

The Hartford has been looking to implement environmentally sustainable policies of their own after issuing a climate change statement in 2007 to announce a reduction in its greenhouse gas by 15 per cent in ten years. The newspaper managed to achieve this initial goal in three years, seven years ahead of its goal, announcing a further 20 per cent reduction goal in 2011 over the following ten years.