Simple Actions

There are many simple ways you can use energy efficiently, conserve water, reduce waste, and encourage wise transportation choices at your business. What’s more, doing so will inspire your employees and boost your bottom line by reducing operating costs while improving competitiveness and environmental performance. Below are several no-cost and low-cost actions you can take right now to generate value for your business.

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Simple Actions for Energy

  • Schedule a free energy assessment to identify opportunities to engage employees and to upgrade existing equipment, such as lighting and kitchen equipment, to save money, improve comfort and increase worker productivity
  • Develop an education plan for employees to promote the adoption of energy-saving practices including posting signage, managing computer power, shutting down equipment and turning off lights that aren’t being used
  • Make a game of it! Track, recognize and reward employee efforts to use energy efficiently
  • Put all devices on plug load occupancy sensors to minimize energy going to unused equipment
  • Work with heating and cooling systems managers to develop and implement a ramp-up and shut-down schedule that coincides with operating hours
  • Perform regular maintenance on heating and cooling equipment to keep it running efficiently, identify potential problems and keep employees comfortable
  • Adjust janitorial schedules and training to avoid after-hours spikes in light and equipment use
  • Lock or code thermostats so they cannot be adjusted, and ensure maintenance staff are responsive to comfort complaints

Simple Actions for Waste

  • Schedule a free waste assessment to identify opportunities to engage employees in addition to reducing and diverting waste
  • Provide waste diversion options by offering recycling and composting containers
  • Develop a plan for customers and employees to further promote and increase recycling and composting
  • Compost paper towel waste in bathrooms or replace paper towel dispensers with electric dryers
  • Optimize bin placement and develop custom signs to make it easy to recycle items
  • Verify that cleaning staff properly dispose of recyclables and waste materials
  • Collect and deliver used electronics, appliances, scrap metal, block foam, textiles, large durable plastics and other applicable materials to the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM)
  • Collect and deliver paints, solvents, batteries, cleaners and other chemicals to Boulder County Hazardous Materials Management Facility
  • Develop a policy for managing outdated or unsold merchandise and equipment
  • Switch purchasing to bulk, nonhazardous, recyclable and recycled-content options

Simple Actions for Water

  • Schedule a free water assessment that can identify opportunities to engage employees as well as opportunities to upgrade existing equipment to perform more efficiently
  • Develop a plan for employees to promote adoption of water-saving practices at work
  • Make a game of it! Provide incentives or rewards to employees who contribute to your business’s water-saving goals
  • Post signs in kitchens and bathrooms to remind employees and customers of water-saving practices
  • Maintain existing fixtures by identifying and repairing leaks and changing washers
  • Use low-water landscaping practices and only water when necessary—during the coolest part of the day or at night— to minimize evaporation. Use a variable spray nozzle if watering by hand
  • Prevent stormwater contamination through good housekeeping and cleanup practices. Remember, stormwater is not treated and runs directly to the creek. For more information on stormwater best practices visit Keep It Clean

Simple Actions for Transportation

  • Provide bike racks or cages for employees and customers
  • Offer employees flexible work schedules, including compressed work weeks and telework options
  • Survey employees to learn about their commuting needs and collaborate on programs, policies or amenities to meet those needs
  • Set up a transit program by providing “pool” bikes, B-Cycle memberships, eGo CarShare memberships, or Eco-Passes for employees to travel to and from work and meetings
  • Implement a policy of carpooling to meetings
  • Conduct meetings with partners over the internet or phone when possible
  • Participate as a company in summer and winter Bike-to-Work Day
  • Charge for parking, with preferential options for carpool/vanpool