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Green tips for the office

  • Have an office-wide policy for promoting environmental stewardship within the office environment.
  • Have visible and accessible services for reduction, reuse and recycling of waste materials. Encourage all to use the Blue Box if it is available at your location.
  • View, work on, and share documents electronically and minimize taking printouts. When printing, print on both sides and use recyclable materials.
  • Use 100% post-consumer recycled paper (made from water paper discsrded by end users) when possible.
  • Ensure that the level of heating or cooling is adjusted properly and turn off lights, computers and other electrical appliances when not in use or before leaving the office.
  • When you are procuring supplies and goods, look for products with ‘eco-labels’ (e.g., EcoLogo certified products) or that are better for the environment. In addition, look for products that are more durable or ones that can be re-used or recycled. Recycled laser printer cartridges are an example of reuse.
  • Encourage car pooling and eco-friendly commuting arrangements. When buying a new vehicle, consider buying one with a better fuel efficiency. 

Resources

Sustainable Procurement in Manitoba is a public sector Working group that strives to promote sustainable procurement in Manitoba and increase the use of environmentally and socially responsible goods and services.

 

Public Works and Government Services Canada has a comprehensive checklist for green procurement.

 

Lake Friendly is an organization that is dedicated to protecting water quality of the lakes in

Manitoba. It has useful tips on how environmentally responsible buying practices can help protect water quality.