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The BLR Green Team is on hiatus. Please feel free to review all our content about creating a sustainable workplace. Thanks again for your continued readership and please continue to provide feedback. Comments are always welcome! Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at BLR Green Team
Are green teams a fad? These voluntary, employee-driven programs seemed to be pop up everywhere over the last few years, and many have achieved amazing results in improving company bottom lines while reducing carbon footprints. But like anything, trends fade unless they continue to develop and evolve to fit changing company goals and structures. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2012 at BLR Green Team
BLR’s Chief Content Officer Ed Keating is serving as a great example of a "green commuter" for other employees in BLR's Connecticut office. He has biked to work on several occasions, forgoing the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) for back roads for the 30-mile round trip from his home. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2012 at BLR Green Team
Parking lots contaminate surface water with oil, gas, antifreeze, and other toxic waste, which is then swept away by rainwater into drains, public water supplies, streams, and rivers. Garbage littered lots attract rodents and are breeding grounds for bacteria. Dust and small particles are picked up by the wind and pollute the air as well as the water. But with the right equipment and operation, a parking lot can be cleaner, greener, and more environmentally acceptable. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2012 at BLR Green Team
Someone must have told Mark Zuckerberg to “go north, young man.” For its first facility outside of the United States, Facebook has chosen to build its European data storage center in Lulea, Sweden—60 miles from the Arctic Circle. And the reason for this is just so cool! Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2012 at BLR Green Team
Building green is all the rage right now - green infrastructure, low impact development, and LEED certification are the current buzz words in sustainability. But after you build "green", the hard part is operating "green". Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2012 at BLR Green Team
A majority (70%) of U.S. adults agree that environmental certification of a company’s facility by a third-party organization such as the U.S. Green Building Council would enhance their opinion of the business, according to a recent nationwide survey commissioned by Sealed Air’s Diversey business. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2012 at BLR Green Team
EPA has released its 15 "Hot Tips for a Cool Summer" to save money, water, and energy while protecting health and the environment. Here is a quick recap: 1. Cool down your house or office. Swap out old bulbs for Energy Star®-qualified lighting, which use less energy and produce 75... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2012 at BLR Green Team
Case studies show that establishing a telecommuting program for your business is a win/win situation. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2012 at BLR Green Team
I was fortunate enough to spend the last 8 days in Ireland, and as I always do when I travel, I took note of the ways a different culture embraces sustainability. Ireland? It is both green in color and in its approach to waste elimination. How? Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2012 at BLR Green Team
At last week's New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC)'s Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference in Portsmouth, NH, the keynote speaker - Eric Eckl of Water Words That Work - hit the nail on the head: people who work in the environmental fields and in sustainability are often so entrenched in the work they do, and as a result, the technical language that is associated with such work, they (we!) forget how to relate to the very people we are trying to educate and sway into caring about sustainability. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2012 at BLR Green Team
Workplace-wide cleaning sprees can be great opportunities to provide information to employees on office recycling efforts, office equipment reuse, and paper use reduction. Here are some tips to get employees engaged in environmental friendly cleaning. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at BLR Green Team
SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment is eliminating the use of plastic shopping bags from all of the theme parks they operate by the end of the year. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at BLR Green Team
The public transportation industry is showing its commitment to using environmentally friendly technologies. From using solar bus shelters, operating environmentally friendly bus and rail vehicles, recycling bus wash water, and incorporating rain gardens at bus stations, the U.S. public transportation industry is serving as an example of how to incorporate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at BLR Green Team
As it has the past two years, the BLR Green Team celebrated Earth Day with a brown bag lunch for all employees on Tuesday, April 24th. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at BLR Green Team
A recent survey reveals that jobseekers prefer more eco-conscious companies, when given a choice. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2012 at BLR Green Team
By Amanda Czepiel This year, Earth Day falls on Sunday, April 22, which makes us quite happy, as many people will have a greater opportunity to get outdoors and spend time with their family and friends participating in nature and community activities on a weekend day. But just because the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at BLR Green Team
The Clean Air Council estimates that in 2007, U.S. residents, businesses, and institutions produced more than 251 million tons of solid waste. That’s about 4.6 pounds of garbage per person per day. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at BLR Green Team
Along with spring come two of the biggest holidays of the year: Easter and Passover. When planning your holiday this week, take the time to consider some environmentally friendly alternatives to the usual celebration festivities. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at BLR Green Team
“Going green isn’t just for the suburbs,” says Majora Carter, an eco-entreprenuer who coined the term “Green the Ghetto” and founded the group Sustainable South Bronx. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at BLR Green Team
Now that spring has sprung we should start thinking about how the care of our yard and garden affects the local ecosystem and watershed. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2012 at BLR Green Team
By Amanda Czepiel As we Greenteamers know, employee engagement is a great—and often inexpensive—tool to incorporate environmental goals into organizational efforts. Greenbiz, which has a great resource center for green teams, asked the 3,000 members of its Greenbiz Intelligence Panel how their environmental employee engagement efforts were faring. They received... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at BLR Green Team
This week, Adobe Systems brought its new LeanPrint Software to market. The company claims that it can cut a typical office's paper and toner consumption and related costs by approximately 40 percent. Wow! Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at BLR Green Team
By Amanda Czepiel A new survey by the firm Green Research reports that employee engagement is one of the top two sustainability trends for 2012 (the other is improving supply chain sustainability). Why? Researchers concluded that "engaged employees make things happen." Isn't that the truth! Whether it is bringing a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2012 at BLR Green Team
If your business has made the green commitment, you should communicate your sustainability efforts internally and externally to demonstrate the added value you’ve given to your products and services and your organization. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at BLR Green Team