The average office tosses out about 350 pounds of paper per year per employee. Reducing paper usage and buying paper with post-consumer recycled content can go a long way to reduce any company’s carbon footprint. Photo cred: FogStock/ThinkstockEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: I own a small business and would like to do what I can to minimize its impact on the environment. Can you help me? — Jacob Levinson, New York, NYThere are many ways to green up any business, large or small—and an added benefit might just be saving money. Just like individuals, businesses can measure their carbon footprints to get a sense of where they are starting from and to get some initial ideas of areas to focus on to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a free “Simplified GHG [greenhouse gas] Emissions Calculator” to help small businesses get started. Another option is to enroll in TerraPass’s “Carbon Balanced Business” program, which helps commercial entities measure and then offset the greenhouse gas emissions they are responsible for generating.Beyond carbon footprints, there are many other things businesses can do to minimize their environmental impacts. The non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that, first and foremost, businesses should shift the paper paradigm—the average office tosses out about 350 pounds of paper per year per employee. “Reducing your waste and purchasing paper with post-consumer recycled content can help save trees and nudge the pulp and paper industry, one of the most environmentally destructive industries in the world, toward a less damaging path,” NRDC reports. Some easy ways to do this include: setting printers to use both sides of a page (or designating a “draft tray” filled with paper that’s blank on one side); buying copy paper with a 30 percent or more post-consumer recycled content; collecting used paper separately for recycling; and stocking bathrooms with post-consumer recycled tissue products.Getting more energy efficient is another way to save the Earth while saving money too. NRDC recommends taking advantage of the fact that most utilities offer free or inexpensive energy audits, whereby an engineer examines operations and provides a report about how to save on energy costs. Turning off lights and electronics at the end of the work day can save bundles of energy. “Plug all your appliances into a power strip and you’ll only have to flip one switch at the end of the day,” suggests NRDC. Also, setting computers to “sleep” or “hibernate” when inactive will further reduce a business’s footprint. And NRDC says to lose the screensavers: “Flying toasters and slideshows can use up about $50 of electricity in a year.” Lastly, when shopping for new office appliances, look for the EnergyStar label which means that the federal government has rated the particular unit highly in terms of energy efficiency.Cutting water waste will also make a business run greener. The group says to install faucet aerators and low-flow toilets, check for and fix leaks, landscape with water efficiency in mind and recycle gray water where applicable for nonpotable uses such as watering gardens.Lastly, NRDC suggests creating a greener work environment, given that “employees are on the front lines of any sustainability initiatives” a business chooses to make—perhaps by creating a green team “with members from all divisions of the organization to help implement plans and bring new ideas to the table.” Those looking to take their businesses down a green path should consult any of the free “Greening Your Business” guides on NRDC’s website.CONTACTS: EPA, www.epa.gov/climateleadership/smallbiz/footprint.html; NRDC Greening Your Business, www.nrdc.org/cities/living/gbusiness.asp.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.
Submit Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Novak Djokovic’s surprise five-set defeat to Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open has opened the door for Andy Murray to claim a first title in Melbourne.The five-time beaten finalist and world number one is now odds on with the bookmakers to lift the trophy in the Rod Laver Arena on 29 January.However, it is not only Murray that has profited from the Serb’s earliest Australian Open exit since 2006. We caught up with William Hill’s Rupert Adams, Ladbrokes’ Richard Marsh and Betway’s Alan Alger to get their take on the outright tournament market, and find out which players have been shortened the most in light of his defeat.Rupert Adams, Media Relations Manager for William Hill, said: “What was a two-horse race now looks like a one-horse race, with Andy in to 4/5 from 11/8. That said, there is a chance we will see money for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the next couple of days, so we could be in for cracking betting heat.”Richard Marsh of Ladbrokes News confirmed that over £3,500 was staked on Murray within three hours of Djokovic’s exit, with Milos Raonic dropping from 16/1 to 6/1, Rafael Nadal from 16/1 to 10/1 and Stanislas Wawrinka to 8/1 from 20/1 earlier in the week.Marsh added: “Nobody foresaw Djokovic’s defeat this morning, but it’s an ace for Murray whose path to a first Australian Open title has just become a whole lot easier. Djoko’s exit has not only blown the tournament wide open, but it’s launched the betting into a frenzy too, with Murray, Raonic, Wawrinka and Nadal all being backed to the hilt.”Alan Alger, PR Manager for Betway, commented: “Novak Djokovic being knocked out of the Australian Open is one of the best results in the book so far for 2017, but Sir Andy Murray can take the shine off that. Murray is always well supported in the betting and those who punted him at pre-tournament odds of 13/8 will be sitting pretty.“The Scot is now odds-on at 5/6 and pretty much every penny gained from Djokovic’s loss looks set to be handed back out if he lands his first Aussie Open. As for those creeping into contention off the back of Djokovic’s shock exit, Rafael Nadal has been hot in the betting. We cut him from 16/1 to 12/1 on Thursday morning, but that wasn’t short enough for punters who have backed him into 10/1.“Interest in backing joint second favourites Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic at 13/2 has been mediocre, as it seems punters are preferring to take monster prices on the likes of Dominic Thiem (66/1 into 33/1) and Alexander Zverev (80/1 into 40/1).”