Sustainability best practices can usually mean company staff sustaining what they’ve already learned about going green. But what areas need to be explored during training so a company can make the widest environmental impact? It may vary depending on what type of company it is and what kind of practices they do.
The Conservation of Energy
This is usually a major part of sustainability training programs, and it’s one that makes the most sense for nearly every company. All businesses use office equipment and lighting that may not be the most energy efficient. Learning how to be cost-efficient by turning off computers and thermostats can make a significant difference in the environment as well as cost savings.
The widest impact under this category is the switch to LED light bulbs in commercial lighting, which is slowly gaining ground into the mainstream.
Recycling and Reducing Waste
Recycling should already be a way of life for most people in their homes. In a company, there may be still room to grow on making recycling and the reducing of waste a more sustained practice. Training in this area can include providing proper recycling containers. In a business, that could be containers for paper, plastics, batteries and cardboard.
Also, promoting the use of reusing items can help save exponential money. Even a waste audit can be set up to determine how much waste there is in a company and the impact of what it could cost if there isn’t some change in plan.
Purchasing Environmentally Friendly Items
A company may be able to recycle what they already have, but they also need to buy items that help the business stay green. That means buying electronic items with the Energy Star label so a company knows those items are energy efficient. It also means buying things like rechargeable batteries or buying items for the office that are made of recyclable materials.
Also consider fuel-efficient vehicles that might be used for business. These can be electric cars, though a car with basic fuel efficiency can make a difference without deliberately buying a gas guzzler.
Getting the Company Community Involved
Sustainability training can help everyone in a company get involved. While that works as a group, there has to be individual responsibility that’s passed on from the training. Some of that can be gauged by surveys in the company to see how much employees are implementing the best practices of sustainability. Giving out certain rewards to employees can also incite more green awareness. Or merely providing items that remind employees about staying green like free LED bulbs or bags for recyclable items can keep your company environmentally responsible for decades.