Green Office Ideas

Do you need help make your office to be more, efficient and sustainable?
And need some good, sound advice then there is a new Green Office Guide for you…

If you are looking to stop your office from becoming costly, inefficient area full of wasted paper, single-use food cartons, dripping taps and blazing heaters.

There is some good advice out there to help you turn it around to become more efficient, save money and be able to be sustainable.

Resource Efficient Scotland, which is a programme of Zero Waste Scotland, has published a practical, indispensable and absolutely free guidance on making a “Green” office.

The Green Office Guide has a host of great ideas that will help you reduce waste, save energy and water, and make your office greener – and more profitable too.

The information in the guide covers the common environmental impacts of a typical office:

  • Resource use
    (e.g. energy, water and office supplies)
  • Waste disposal
    (e.g. food waste, paper, office equipment or worn-out fixtures)
  • Air emissions
    (e.g. from boilers or heating and cooling systems)
  • Noise pollution
    (e.g. from car parks or site maintenance)
  • Water pollution
    (e.g. discharges from catering facilities or through the use of cleaning and chemical products)

It takes you through key steps to management your environmental impacts, so that you can find out how to:

  • Measure and monitor resource use
  • Reduce the amount of waste in your office
  • Reduce paper use
  • Save energy
  • Conserve water

whilst, gaining support from colleagues and communicate success across your organisation & has some final next steps, if you want to embed sustainable, environmental management within your organisation.

It has been designed to office manager and staff including “Green Champions” to assess current practice, take practical action to reduce environmental impact, assign responsibility and set targets to encourage continuous improvement. It can, also, facilitate more effective internal and external communication.

The Guide is based on the international standards for understanding and managing environmental impacts using principles, which are compatible with some of the requirements of ISO 14001:2015, BS 8555:2016 and the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

A copy of The Green Office Guide is available for a free download here


  1. Download a copy of “The Green Guide”
  2. Read avidly and make note on how it can be applied in your organisation
  3. Work with other colleagues to embed a more, efficient and sustainable workplace within your office.

If you need any help in making the changes to become a more, efficient and sustainable office, contact me for further advice through our consultancy, onePlanet Solutions Limited.

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