Host a go green office party
The ENERGY STAR website features an entire green office program on their website. If there are several employees in your office that want the company to join the green office movement, join forces and create your own green team (PDF). Download the posters and tip cards available on the ENERGY STAR website to help you show your coworkers how easy it is to make eco-friendly changes in the workplace.
When planning your go green office party, look for eco-friendly food and drinks. Choose an organic or Fair Trade coffee (don’t forget the Irish cream flavored creamer) and have organic green tea on hand as well. Green beer is a St. Patrick’s Day tradition but since this is an office party, green tea is going to have to suffice.
You can forego the typical party streamers and other wasteful paper party supplies but your coworkers will still need plates, napkins and cups. You can go two directions with this – reusable products or biodegradable/recycled products. If you choose reusable plates and cups then you will minimize the waste from the party however you should consider the amount of water (and time) needed to wash the dishes after the party is over.
Every party needs to have a game and some prizes. Get together with your Green Team and create an eco-challenge quiz. Come up with five or ten questions about how your coworkers can help create a more eco-friendly office. To save paper, create an electronic survey using either email or an online survey tool like SurveyMonkey. Award the eco-challenge quiz winner one of the choices on my must-read green office books list.
After the fun is over, someone still needs to clean up the mess. Don’t tarnish your new go green spirit with toxic cleaners, use organic or non-toxic cleaning supplies instead. My personal favorite product line is Mrs. Meyer’s; MNN Blogger Matt Hickman wrote a great review of a book by Mrs. Meyer herself.