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Many corporations are exploring ways to make their operations more friendly for the environment, but these initiatives are slow in being formulated and even slower in being enacted in the work place. If you would like to help the environment, and help make yourself a more visible and valued employee, you should explore ways of making your work place a greener work place. This article is meant to provide you with a few suggestions as to how you can take the initiative and start incorporating green energy and green policies in your work place.

Your very first stop should be a discussion with either your boss or with human resources. Explain to them that you would like to be involved in any programs that attempt to make the office a greener work place. Ask if there are any recycling or green policies already in place, and ask for any documentation they might have. If there are no policies, ask if there are any employee incentive programs to reward employees for green ideas. Whether there is information available to you or not, your boss or human resources department should be your first step.

Offer to organize a car pool. If you work in a large company, there may be several people interested in joining a car pool. Start by publicizing a feasibility study. In this study you will be getting the names and addresses of people that are interested in joining a car pool. Map the addresses of people interested and see whether or not it would work out. Even if this does not become a company wide project, you may be able to match a few people together to help them car pool.

Review your company’s recycling efforts. In many corporate environments, recycling is limited to paper only. See if you can’t do something to help your company recycle more of the products they use like glass, aluminum cans and cardboard. Volunteer to place the recycle bins in common areas and to help with the monitoring and removal of full bins.

Speak with your IT department about how much paper is used in printing. Make an informative brochure on how people can adjust their printing habits and preferences to conserve paper. Show them how to switch to duplex printing so that any print jobs they have will print on paper front and back. While it may seem like a small thing, many people are unaware of these printing options and would gladly change if only they knew how.

Talk to people about removing one or more light bulbs from their office lights. This will use less energy and may be easier on the eyes for some people.

Hopefully, this article has given you some useful information to help guide you through the process of making your work place a greener work place. Remember, this type of effort isn’t just making the planet a better place, it is also making you a more valued employee. Good luck in your future efforts.