6 Ways Your Business Can Go Green
Sustainability is not only good for the environment, but it’s also good for business. Customers are increasingly interested in how businesses are improving processes to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint. As Earth Day approaches, there are several important ways your business can reduce its environmental impact.
To start, gauge your company’s current carbon footprint using this business carbon footprint calculator, and track your progress. When it comes to improving your company’s sustainability, small actions add up in a big way. Consider implementing the following six strategies to positively impact the planet:
- Install Energy-Efficient Lighting – LED bulbs and dimmable lighting options reduce energy consumption and your electricity expenses. To curb your carbon footprint even further, consider installing automatic sensors to switch off lighting when not in use.
- Reduce Paper Use – There are many options to digitize documents to reduce paper consumption. Analyze your business procedures to determine which consume the greatest amounts of paper and investigate digital alternatives to sharing and storing documents. Also, consider that paper use isn’t confined to the paper used in printers and copiers. The Climate Conservancy reports that for each use, hand dryers cause between nine and 40 grams of carbon dioxide emissions, whereas paper towels have an average of 56 grams of carbon dioxide emissions.
- Minimize Water Consumption – It takes a considerable amount of energy to heat water and process wastewater. Using aerated faucets, eliminating leaks, and lowering your water heater’s temperature can reduce water usage. If you must use large amounts of hot water regularly in your business, consider using a heat recovery system to recycle energy from wastewater.
- Recycle – Enable employees to recycle plastic, paper, and aluminum as much as possible by offering dedicated recycling stations throughout the workplace. Place recycling bins by every printer and copier and in every breakroom. Check with your city’s local recycling requirements to ensure your efforts are compliant.
- Ship Smarter – Your business can reduce shipping costs and its environmental impact simultaneously with a few savvy strategies. Choose smaller shipping boxes, which not only require less packing material but also help you avoid the extra costs imposed by dimensional weight pricing shipping policies. If possible, use bags or mailers made from 100% recycled or compostable materials instead of boxes.
- Use Renewable Energy – It’s easier than ever to begin using renewable sources of energy to power your business and increase the diversity of the energy mix in the U.S. Use this database to find federal, state, and local incentives that help reduce the cost of renewable energy options in your area.
Allegiance Bank’s Green Initiatives
For our part, Allegiance Bank is committed to continuously improving its sustainability initiatives to minimize our environmental impact and preserve natural resources. Our “Green Team” regularly monitors new sustainability developments to constantly stay abreast of the latest options available.
We’ve reduced our paper consumption by defaulting to double-sided, black and white printing as well as printing only when necessary. We also use recycled content paper to further reduce our environmental impact.
We’ve replaced disposable drinkware with reusable options and utilize recycling at all locations to maximize recycling efforts in the communities we serve. On our Community Shred Days, we partner with customers to enable them to shred sensitive documents and ready them for recycling. To participate in the next Community Shred Day, follow us on social media to stay informed with the latest dates.
Protecting and preserving the environment is a priority for us and we know it’s a priority for you too. We hope our efforts and the suggestions above inspire you to make a few simple changes in your business to become more sustainable.