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How to Go Green in Your Office: A Sustainable Design for Nonprofit Organizations

No matter the size of your organization and whether you’re leasing your office space, or you are the owner of it, deciding to green up your working environment will bring you numerous benefits. Aside from the fact that going green will help you reduce your monthly bill – in turn lowering your overhead costs – it will also help create a healthier environment for you and your employees.

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Positive effect

Needless to say, spending time in a healthier working environment will have a positive effect on everyone, ultimately even reducing sick leaves. Therefore, if you want to make sure that the base headquarters of your nonprofit organization are as healthy and green as possible, check out the following list of tips that will help keep you on the right track.

 

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Pay attention to lighting

Lighting plays a huge role in a workspace. Inadequate lighting has been proven to cause eye strain which can have negative effects on your workers’ productivity and motivation. So, in order to battle this problem, make sure you bring in plenty of natural light in your office space. On the other hand, if this is not an option, you should at least replace all the light bulbs in your office with more eco-friendly alternatives (such as LED or CFL light bulbs) that are not only better at illuminating the space but also waste significantly less energy.

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Take care of the indoor air quality

Next, you should pay attention to the quality of the air in your office. Studies suggest that the indoor air in poorly ventilated rooms may be even more harmful than the outdoor air that is believed to be heavily polluted. So, aside from making sure that your workers air out the offices on a regular basis, you should also consider installing an energy-efficient HVAC system. Additionally, you should even consider filling your offices with greenery. Indoor plants are not only a great way to literally green up the space, but they are also excellent at improving the indoor air quality. Besides, potted plants are also known to have a positive impact on the human psyche as, once added to the room, they have the power to instantly make it feel both cozier and homier.

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See if there’s any room for improvement

If you are the owner of your office building, implementing green solutions in your office space will be significantly easier. So, if, for example, your offices are lacking natural lighting, there are some remodeling projects you might want to consider that can help with this problem. Of course, you should always try to find the best possible experts to help you out. For instance, professional architects such as those behind Superdraft can help you come up with the best way to upgrade your current workspace to fit in with the green standard.

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Try to prevent wasteful behavior

Every office generates a lot of paper and plastic waste every single day. However, there really is no need to print out copies of a certain notice or meeting recap for every individual worker. Instead, send the info via email or other group chat software. Furthermore, encourage everyone to avoid using plastic cups and food containers as much as possible. You can even print reusable custom coffee mugs for everyone to make them more inclined to avoid generating unnecessary waste. Also, go for recycled and unbleached paper as it is a much greener alternative.

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Put together a sustainability team

Chances are that amongst the people working in your nonprofit organization you already have individuals that have fully embraced the green mindset. If so, ask them to help you raise awareness throughout the office and educate others about the harmful effects wasteful behavior has on our environment, as well as teach them more about recycling and other green alternatives. By doing so, you’ll end up with an eco-conscious workforce in no time, that will help promote sustainable living. Furthermore, this team can even be in charge of obtaining the necessary office and cleaning supplies, and you can be sure that they will find the greenest possible alternatives.

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Raise awareness

As a nonprofit organization, one of your primary goals is raising awareness about certain issues. However, you can’t expect anyone to take your organization seriously if you yourself don’t appear to be aware of the issues you are trying to educate others about. So, in order to make sure that your words and actions are noticed and remembered, start leading by example and embrace the green trend as soon as possible.

Further information

Going green will bring numerous benefits to anyone who is willing to give it a go. Find out how you can embrace the green mentality and implement sustainable design solutions in your nonprofit organization for a better tomorrow.

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