Green at Work
I know, you recycle, ride a bike to work, buy local. But you could be doing more. Well not just you, but your company could be doing more. But it needs a little nudge from you. Whether you're the boss or an employee, you can have an influence on how sustainable your company is.
Having first hand experience at this I can tell you, if your company is the least bit receptive, you can have some influence. For several years I have been initiating recycling programs and have added more and more items to the list to be recycled. Some things I had to take to the municipal recycling depot myself, but eventually I convinced the company to schedule a contractor to collect it. Now we recycle plastics of various types, large amounts of special paper that was previously unrecycleable, cardboard, metal, bottles, and cans to name a few things. What we don't recycle we try to reuse in our manufacturing process or for shipping.
If there is something that your company can do to be more environmentally friendly you have the power to make small changes or even large changes in corporate behaviour. If you work for a multi-national or nationwide company you could try to persuade it to initiate pan-company changes toward improved sustainability. Simple things like turning off computer monitors at night, turning more lights off at night, or installing motion-detector light switches. Most companies collect returnable bottles and cans from the lunch room, or recycle office paper. But you can also recycle batteries, obsolete computers, peripherals, and other electronics. Also, if there is something that isn't recyclable but could be re-purposed, see if you can find someone interested in it that would take it away.
If your company gets charged by the amount of garbage that is collected, this is a perfect opportunity for it to save money. So don't be shy, your bosses will appreciate it. So will mother nature.