Campaign For More Sustainable Workplaces
However, when it comes to the workplace, officebroker.com believes that more should be done to encourage sustainable working practices. The company, which works with more than 97% of the UK’s serviced office space providers and landlords, claims to be in a unique position as it has access to thousands of office workers and businesses across the country.
Since many of us spend as much, if not more time in the office than in our own homes, the company has pledged to take a stand in this area to encourage Britain’s office workers to adopt a range of environmentally friendly working practices.
The company’s managing director, Jim Venables, says: “When it comes to going green in the office, there are plenty of small, straightforward ideas that all of us can adopt to improve our working environments. And we have found that businesses whose employees have embraced environmentally friendly working practices have enjoyed considerable benefits including reduced costs and a closer, communicative workforce.”
officebroker.com offers the following simple tips to anyone keen to make their office a ‘greener’ space:
- Turn off all computer equipment, machinery or other mechanical appliances when not
- Recycle, reduce and re-use waste. For example, print or photocopy on both sides of
paper, recycle envelopes ana laoeis ana turn scrap paper into notepads.
- Switch off any unnecessary lighting during the day, particularly near windows or in
corridors, which do not require bright lighting (80% of the UK’s lighting energy is used
- Position desks and workstations to make best use of natural light.
- Ask the last person to leave the office to ensure that they turn everything off including printers, drinks machines, fans, computers and lights – perhaps have a checklist drawn up
- and posted by the door or alarm control panel.
- Use the stairs instead of the lift – it’s a great way to get fit too!
- Consider turning the heating down and wearing warmer clothes in winter. Liaise with
health and safety staff to tackle over heating caused by poorly maintained equipment
or ventilation. Make sure radiators and heaters aren’t obstructed and ask your
employer to improve insulation.
- Ask colleagues if they would be interested in organising a green travel plan. This could
include walking in groups, cycling, car sharing etc
- Consider using re-useable items rather than disposable such as china cups and metal
cutlery, for example.
- Collect stamps and milk bottle tops for charity
- Use email or notice boards to share information instead of printed memos.
- Ask your employer to buy products with a longer life, such as low energy light bulbs or
solar powered calculators and also products which have a recycled or reconditioned
content. For furniture, for example, this might mean sourcing timber products from
certified, sustainable sources.
- Encourage your employer to choose local products and materials to reduce energy use and pollution.
Among the many office space providers that officebroker.com works with is Innovate office which has recently launched the UK’s ‘greenest’ office at Thorpe Park in Leeds. It was opened last June and boasts the highest BREEAM rating of any office in the country. It was developed to showcase the commercial viability of sustainable developments and boost awareness of the growing importance of ‘green’ office space to the commercial sector.