Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Survey Results: How Green Is Your Office?

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Survey Results: How Green Is Your Office?

Article excerpt

As the interest in global climate change, sustainability, and the environment increases, more and more organizations are adopting increasingly green practices. NEHA is no exception. So, we wanted to know just how much the green movement is impacting your department or agency. Well, you shared your opinion and the results are in. Of 104 respondents, 49% of you reported that a few simple things had been done while 35% of you reported that nothing has changed in the last year. Fourteen percent of you indicated that many new green measures have been implemented. And, a hopeful 2% of you reported that you have not yet implemented new green practices, but you are heading in that direction. You were also asked to provide a few specific examples of measures your department or agency has undertaken. See the listing below for the variety of responses and hopefully some new ideas for your future green efforts!


* Recycling (includes paper/magazines/newspapers, plastic, cardboard, glass, batteries, office furniture, scrap metal, electronics, printer cartridges, aluminum can, cell phone, phone book recycling)

* Energy-saving light bulbs

* Web forum to exchange ideas

* EMS planning

* Environmentally safe and friendly/green seal cleaners and chemicals

* Green roof

* Food composting

* Recycled paper

* Storing files electronically rather than as hard copy

* Printing on both sides of paper

* Lights/water on timers or sensors to save energy

* Using green meeting kit (avoiding disposable products)

* Using wind generator in neighboring park

* ISO 14001 training

* Carpooling/use of city car-share program/special parking privileges for carpoolers/encourage hybrid vehicle use

* Walking to work

* Using bicycles for vector inspections

* Adopting LEED standard for new construction of city buildings

* Water and electricity conservation

* Increased use of electronic communication/Web site to replace paper communication

* Rechargeable batteries

* Recycled office supplies

* Subsidies for public transit

* Energy efficient computers

* Hybrid or fuel-efficient cars purchased for department use

* Development of sustainability workshops with green focus

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