Going Green at Work | Metro.us

Posted by Trish Riley, October 20, 2011

It is that easy being green — at work
October 18, 2011 21:10:37
Monica Weymouth
Metro World News

At home, most of us wouldn’t think about leaving the air-conditioner on full blast while leaving town for a couple days. Or tossing a luncheon’s worth of plastic bottles directly in the trash. Or using individually packaged creamers for a cup of coffee from a massive pot we’ll never finish.

And yet in the office, these are common practices even among those who consider themselves environmentally friendly. In their new book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Greening Your Business,” co-authors Trish Riley and Heather Gadonniex look at companies’ most wasteful policies, as well as practical solutions — of which, Riley points out, there are many.

“Solutions are happening just as fast as the problems are — and people don’t realize that, they think we’re just sunk,” she says. “And sure, we’re not going to save the planet unless big businesses get on board, but what’s cool is that big businesses are getting on board. They’re doing these things to meet consumer needs — because they know this is what we want.”

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