What can you do to adapt the internal structure and processes of your business to be more environmentally-friendly? Figuring out what to do first can be challenging, especially for first-time environmentalists, so we’ve put together a few suggestions to get you started.
1. Conduct an environmental audit.
Environmental audits are a great way to measure your organization’s current environmental practices and to help set new goals. EarthShare members such as Ceres, Conservation International, and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) offer services that help companies just like yours develop a better understanding of their environmental impact, from water and energy usage to toxics and waste production.
2. Get LEED certified.
Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) is a green building rating system that measures the health and efficiency of a building’s design, construction, and day-to-day operation. The Green Building Council’s LEED certification program can help you make your building a healthier, more earth-conscious place to work.
3. Take your supply chain green.
The purchasing power of the supply chain gives your business a unique opportunity to redefine your relationships with your customers, employees, and suppliers—and to make earth-friendly decisions along the way. Check out EDF’s Supply Chain Solutions Center to discover greener solutions at every level of the supply chain.
4. Become a bicycle-friendly business.
Join hundreds of leading businesses and institutions that are transforming their communities by encouraging bicycling to work. Not only does it create more energized, alert, and productive employees, bicyclist programs can help decrease your overall healthcare costs and make a positive environmental impact at the same time.