Earth Day: Making Your Firm Green
Earth Day 2017
At LeadRival, we strive to make our community and the world a better place by volunteering our time as a team. We firmly believe it is our social responsibility to give back, which is why Earth Day is important to us. We wanted to share with you the ways that you can help the environment by making your office a bit greener this year!
Earth Day Importance
Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970, and we’re glad that Sen. Gaylord Nelson started it after realizing the importance of saving the environment. Because of him, the US received clean air, water, and endangered species acts. Since then, it has blossomed into a day to raise awareness of the importance of green energy and reducing pollution. According to the Earth Day Network, “Earth Day had reached into its current status as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.” It’s important to continue the tradition of caring for our environment outside of a single day, but if one day is all you need to start, then April 22nd should be the beginning of a greener you!
Earth Day & Your Firm
Is your firm environmentally friendly? At LeadRival, we’ve taken the right steps over the past few years to improve ourselves. If you’re unsure of where to start, try out some of the actions that we’ve initiated in our office.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
You’ve probably heard the three R’s of environmental consciousness for quite some time. Executing these simple steps is easier than you think! All it takes is the motivation to switch to greener solutions around your firm.
Reducing the amount of paper used in your office can be done by sending all of your contracts and legal documents electronically through a service like Docusign or Adobe Sign. Reducing the number of plastic water bottles that are used can be solved by providing a water cooler. It will not only encourage your employees to talk more, but it will also encourage them to stay hydrated! The last easy way to reduce your carbon footprint is to turn off your office lights for an hour a day or shut off electronics at the end of the day. Who knew that lowering your electric bill was also great for the environment?
Instead of using disposable coffee and water cups, purchase some branded ceramic mugs for your firm that can be reused! Not only are these great ways to show your employees that you appreciate them, but they’re also great gifts to give to clients that come into your firm. Don’t forget to keep a set of utensils in the office instead of purchasing plastic forks and spoons. This method might not work for offices that don’t have garbage disposals in their kitchen. Nobody benefits from a clogged sink!
Recycling is one of the most common ways to save the environment. People often find themselves recycling at home, but not bringing the practice into the office. You’d think that since most people spend at least 8 hours a day in the office, they’d think to recycle everything that they consume there. Set up a recycling can in your kitchen and print out a recycling guide to get things started. It’s also important to recycle empty ink and toner cartridges at a company like Staples.
Telecommute & Carpool
More and more companies are adopting the telecommute mentality. If your firm has work that can be done from home, consider offering a work-from-home day to reduce your carbon footprint as a group. We’ve found that our employees that work from home once a week are more efficient and come into work refreshed.
If telecommuting is too much of a reach, try to encourage your firm to carpool. Have to go to court at the same time? Taking a client out for lunch? Taking the same car makes a bigger imprint on the environment than you think! Don’t forget about the usefulness of video conferences. The ability to talk “face-to-face” while reducing your travel time (and cost) is great for everyone involved.
Bigger Picture Actions
If this is the year that you want to really make an impact on the environment, then follow some of our essential tips for a more sustainable lifestyle. Our “bigger picture” actions are some that we try to pick from to do as a team every year. Don’t just take them on for yourself, get involved with your firm and your community!
- Volunteer at or attend your local Earth Day event
- Plant trees and flowers around your community
- Sign a petition that you feel strongly about
- Eat less meat & learn why it’s important
- Participate in a community cleanup
- Host or sponsor an Earth Day event
- Take a walk in nature and appreciate it
Check out the official Earth Day website for more ideas about how your firm can take action!
Earth Day’s Impact
In 2010, the Earth Day Network initiated A Billion Acts of Green, which encouraged the world to participate in saving our planet. They met their goal of 1 billion acts in 2012 and it is currently over 2 billion acts as we speak. This shows that the world wants to be responsible for making changes that will affect future generations.
If you’d like to make an effortless impact on Earth Day, swap out your daily meat for a vegetarian option. This is actually more effective than carpooling! In fact, according to the Earth Day Network, if you “ate one less burger a week, it would be the equivalent of taking your car off the road for 320 miles.” Imagine what something so small for us could do for the world if we all adopted Meatless Mondays.
If you’re looking for specific impacts of Earth Day, it’s worthwhile to read National Geographic’s article on the 46 Environmental Victories Since the First Earth Day.
Even if you can’t get your hands dirty, try to share the importance of Earth Day with your colleagues. Sometimes awareness is just as impactful! And remember, if you ever want to work with a team that cares about you as much as the environment, give us a call at 1.800.332.8017 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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