“Going green“, or becoming a more environmentally conscious company, is a growing trend that cannot be ignored in today’s society. Many companies are already taking steps to be more environmentally friendly, including Bank of America, Starbucks, Hewlett-Packard, and Wal-Mart. And going green isn’t just good for the environmentÃ¢â?¬â?even taking small steps to cut back energy consumption can save companies a substantial amount of money each year.
The federal government is leading the charge, by offering telework options to employees, encouraging the purchase of green products, and enhancing buildings, by adding a “green roof“. (A “green roof” is a roof that has had grasses and other plants added to it. These plants help to reduce greenhouse gasses by cycling carbon dioxide to oxygen and preventing rainwater runoff that causes erosion and pollutes rivers and streams. Some green roofs even include dining or sitting areas!)
Want tips to help your company go green? Check out the Small Business Guide to Energy Efficiency on the Small Business Administration website and the EnergySavers website (a joint project created by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).