Companies today are no longer under the illusion that sustainability is a fad or phase in the business world. They are now discovering that implementing sustainable practices not only can help protect the environment, but also their business.
Businesses are taking the time to reevaluate their processes and operations, even their pricing of goods and services in light of the green movement. There are 2 main ways today to become sustainable while also improving ROI. First is protecting your bottom line by implementing cost-saving measures, and the other is to take advantage of top-line opportunities with green products and services.
Below are a few small changes your business can take to produce sustainable opportunities:
1. Reduce Waste
Reducing waste is likely one of the best ways to help the environment and save your business money. Reducing landfill waste has become a large priority in the sustainability world and small steps can reap large financial rewards.
One way many companies are limiting their landfill waste is by committing to a paperless office. You can use recyclable items within the workplace and instead of replacing office electronics, look into repairing them instead.
Also consider how you measure emissions and other byproducts of your production process in your office. Knowing where you are will allow you to begin implementing processes to reduce the impact on the environment.
2. Reduce Energy Consumption
Some of the largest uses of energy in the workplace are space heating, cooling, and lighting. Take the time to identify where you have opportunities to reduce your energy use in these areas, such as turning off lights when not in use, unplugging unused equipment, and limiting the use of personal fans and heaters.
3. Reduce Water Use
Most would not think to look at water use as a place for cost savings, but many businesses use much more than they are aware. Reducing water waste can not only help your bottom line, but also makes your business more green. Connect with your office facility and property management to begin using a metered water management and monitoring system that will help you quickly see leaks and times of excessive water use.
A step further to take is to educate your employees on your conservation goals and give them practices they can use on a daily basis to limit water waste. You can also invest in energy efficient appliances and plumbing. If you pay for landscaping at your office, consider watering early in the morning or late evening to reduce water evaporation.
4. Reduce Fuel Costs
From driving to work to supply chain management, taking steps to reduce fuel costs will not only save money, but reduce your carbon footprint both as individuals and an organization. Talk to your staff about ride sharing and carpooling and the elimination of unnecessary driving trips. Performing regular maintenance on company cars will also help them run more efficiently, eliminating excessive fuel costs.
In today’s world, everyone is tightening their budgets. Make small, affordable changes before tackling the larger sustainability goals. Simply turning down the heat, unplugging electronics at the end of the day, and recycling more can save companies large sums of money with little effort.
Tackling bigger sustainability goals may require companies like ours to come in and help identify where the larger cost savings are as well as what sustainability practices need to be implemented. Give us a call when you are ready to get started.