In this region
94% of offices have recycling points for paper
88% of offices recycle all obsolete computer equipment
81% of offices enforce duplex printing automatically
HEV/HOV reserved parking
Our Canton office encourages staff to contribute to our sustainable goals with the introduction of reserved parking for high-efficiency vehicle (HEV) and high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) commuters. Vehicles that get 32 mpg or more or have two or more passengers can take advantage of one of these new spaces.
Todd Regan, Strategic Planning Analyst
During their first Green Office Challenge Louisville introduced their "Green Corner" where employees can reclaim/reuse office items and promote recycling by reusing paper, turning in unwanted books, and turning in old cell phones or old batteries. The cell phones are donated to the Louisville Zoo as part of their fundraising initiative.
Community Gardens Program
After winning the global prize in our last Green Office Challenge, the team in our Louisville office decided to put their $3200 prize towards vegetable plants for their Community Garden. The team joined with the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service to lease a 30'x30' plot. All of the vegetables that the team grow will be donated back to the community.
Burr Ridge, IL
Renewable energy certificates
Computershare Communication Services (CCS) has "greened up" their electricity usage by purchasing Green-e Energy® Certified Wind Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). It is a one-time purchase to cover 100% of the electricity consumed at their Burr Ridge location annually, starting in 2014. A year later, they expanded the purchase to cover 100% of the daily commute of their 100+ employees that drive to the office. The best part is, this facility is able to finance this program through revenue earned by recycling material ranging from paper to pallets.
Computershare's REC purchase qualifies our Burr Ridge office for EPA Green Power Partner Standing. The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organisations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.
Computershare Communication Services
Bin take away day
November 6, 2015 was "Bin Take Away Day" in Burr Ridge, when individual wastebaskets were removed from desks. Since then, staff have used centralised containers, where employees can either recycle items or dispose of general waste. The Burr Ridge Green Team collected 80 bins, which were donated to the Salvation Army and to the Garden Centre, which provides services for people with developmental disabilities. In addition to increasing the recycled content of Burr Ridge's trash, the initiative has prevented over 19,000 plastic bags from going to landfill every year.
College Station, TX
On Earth Day 2015, the College Station team decided to operate with only half the lighting turned on. The idea was to conserve energy, but staff discovered that it also created a calm and relaxed working atmosphere. The idea was so successful it was brought back every Friday (known as "Green Fridays"). As part of this year's Green Office Challenge, the team decided to extend the half-lighting policy to the entire work week, year round.
San Francisco, CA
Saving paper and energy
The San Francisco office both reduced its printing and took steps to conserve electricity in the office space. Employees were made more aware of importance of the conservation of electricity and now use natural light for the majority of the day. Posters placed strategically remind staff about good printing habits, cutting printing in half.
The team removed all trash cans in the entire office, except for one can in the kitchen area. Miniature trash cans were given to employees to collect and empty their candy wrappers and miscellaneous waste at the end of the day. Nearly all trash is recycled or put into the compost bin, and other waste is down to less than a half a garbage bin per day for the office. The office also recently installed motion sensors for all offices and the kitchen space, reducing the use of electricity throughout the day when the space is unoccupied. The building management team has also received an official LEED building certification.
Green Office Challenge Results
We asked our offices to complete a sustainability audit, indicating whether tasks were complete, in progress, not started or impossible.