Six Tips for Green Office Space in 2012

by Jennifer Smith

Austin Tenant Advisors

Jen Smith is the go-to source for smart, savvy Facebook marketing and advertising. Equal parts tech researcher and social media maven, Jen brings over 15 years of online marketing experience to the table, helping her clients connect powerfully with their consumers – and injecting serious know-how into their brand's social presence on Facebook. Jen gives businesses the tools to use Facebook to grow their bottom line and whip their customers into an excited frenzy, while making the Facebook marketing process "like"-able for everyone She is also the owner, along with her husband Nathan, of Austin Tenant Advisors, an Austin commercial real estate firm that specializes in tenant representation. In addition to being an active commercial real estate advisor, Jennifer also brings more than 15 years of marketing and sales experience in the high tech industry to the Austin, TX. 

After living in Austin for 15 years, she is also a self-proclaimed Austinite and loves everything about Austin from shopping to eating at trendy restaurants to catching a live music show.

There has been much talk in recent years about the healthier and sustainable alternatives, whether it is buying organic and free trade goods, or making lifestyle changes to decrease ones biological footprint. This eco-conscious way of thinking has taken off and companies are now finding simple and innovative ways to go green. Going green is not only better for the environment, but it is a way for businesses to drastically improve their efficiency and could even lower operating costs. Many businesses are implementing green efforts into their daily operations as a way to gain competitive advantage by setting a positive example. Going green is in and you can’t afford to be left behind. Fortunately, it is now easier than ever to take a green initiative.

Check out these six tips that get you well on your way to transforming your office to a green working environment.

Tip 1: Buy remanufactured toner and ink cartridges

This is any easy step that will offer the same quality in printing and have a positive effect on the environment. It is said that each manufactured toner cartridge saves nearly half a gallon of oil and saves over two pounds of space in landfills.

Tip 2: Light your office efficiently

If the weather permits, you can save on energy costs by taking advantage of natural sunlight. Also, studies have shown that people who work under natural lighting are more productive and are generally happier than those who work under artificial lighting conditions. When selecting light bulbs, LED lights will not only help you cut costs by only using a fraction of the energy compared to incandescent bulbs, but their longer lifespan will keep you from constantly replacing bulbs.

Tip 3: Optimize new project management programs

These new programs are not only user friendly, but they will keep you on the cutting edge by allowing your office to go digital. Imagine all of the paper you can save by not having to print out employee documents and handouts!

Tip 4: Buy Recycled Paper

Simple changes can be made to stock your office with recycled paper towels, toilet paper, and printer paper. For presentational brochures, numerous paper vendors are beginning to sell reasonably priced post-consumer content paper.

Tip 5: Green-ify your office kitchen

Save money and shrink your office ecological footprint by having employees bring their own coffee mug to the office. Stock your office kitchen with reusable dishware instead of single use items. Also, take advantage of the entrepreneurial spirit of Austin by supporting local coffee shops and food vendors. Clients will be surely be impressed by the quality of these local products and it will give your business a touch of Austin flare.

Tip 6: Go green… literally

Try sprucing up your office space by placing plants in various spots throughout your office. Plants will not only add life to your office, they also absorb indoor pollution and make for a healthier working environment.

These are just a few of many low-cost, low maintenance steps you can take to green up your office. Of course, these do not all have to be done at once, but make it a point to set up a time-frame for the changes you would like to see. Pick a couple of these green alternatives at a time and stick to them.

Jan Triplett, Ph.D. and Chris Pasch, who also blog for the Business Bank of Texas, offered a guide called Easy to Be Green: A Guide for Small Enterprises in a recent blog post. Easy to be Green is a concise, informative, and cost effective guide to help transform the smallest business into an environmentally proactive powerhouse. Click here to download the ebook now.

For more tips on how to create your green Austin Office Space, check out another recent blog 10 Solutions for Running a Green Business to learn how to make your Commercial Real Estate in Austin a green environment.

Topics: Green Business

Easy to Be Green: A Guide for Small Enterprises

by Jan Triplett

Business Success Center

Jan Triplett, Ph.D. is the CEO of the Business Success Center (BSC), a City of Austin certified green business, that provides sales and financial growth strategies, planning, and implementation. She is also a professor in Business and Professional Skills for the online MBA program at Mary Baldwin University. Triplett is a national and international speaker, author of A Networker’s Guide to Success and co-author of Thinking Big, Staying Small and Easy to be Green. She published The Networker ” magazine for over ten years and moderated KUT radio’s nationally syndicated program, “The Next 200 Years”. She was co-creator of the award-winning “City Management Academy” and the “Owners MBA” and co-founded the Entrepreneurs’ Association Hatchery incubator and accelerator. She is a small business activist. She served as a White House Conference on Small Business and Congressional Summit delegate, served on the Mayor’s Task Force on International Infrastructure, initiated the Northcross IBIZ District and recommended portions of Austin’s Big Box Ordinance. She was a founder of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas and the Greater Austin International Coalition. The SBA honored her as Texas’ Small Business Advocate. She has also earned her CBTAC and Director credentials. Her company received a Small Business Administration (SBA) five-star national award and the Austin Business Journal named it a top 20 management consulting firm.

Easy to Be Green: A Guide for Small Enterprises

Topics: Green Business

Let’s shed some light on this

by Bryant Hilton

Great Communicate

Bryant Hilton is the founder and president of Great Communicate which helps clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, to bootstrap startups, to leading non-profit organizations, leverage communications to help meet their organizational objectives and tell their unique story in a crowded marketplace. Great Communicate manages client campaigns ranging from environmental advocacy, to brand development and management, to media relations and marketing consulting. The firm’s core philosophy is that with the right tools anything can be communicated well and anyone can be a strong communicator. Bryant has nearly 20 years of communications experience from agency and corporate backgrounds, public and private companies, corporations and non-profit organizations, and U.S. and international work. Before founding Great Communicate, Bryant was the global corporate responsibility communications manager for Dell, creating and executing communications strategies for the company’s sustainability, diversity and philanthropic efforts. Bryant built and launched the environment communications function at Dell and prior to that managed consumer market communications for the company at positions in the U.S. and Europe. While at Dell, Bryant represented the company on the Green Grid’s communications committee and at the Technology and HIV Working Group. Bryant joined Dell from Dittus Communications, in Washington, D.C., where he was a director of media relations, representing clients including the Business Software Alliance, Americans for Computer Privacy and Surfwatch. His previous experience includes communications manager roles at MCI, Ketchum Public Relations and the Personal Communications Industry Association. Bryant holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and currently resides in Austin, Texas. He is a member of the board of directors of Keep Austin Beautiful.

Very few of us have the luxury of working in a building ideally designed to take advantage of natural light to perfectly illuminate work spaces during the day. We of course need office lighting during daylight hours and it can be a bigger energy user than many of us realize. The average office is lit, both overhead and at desk levels, for as many as 12 hours a day. More energy means higher electric bills and more of an impact on the environment because energy production creates greenhouse gasses.

Topics: Blog Posts, Green Business

Using software-as-a-service solutions to “green” your corporate profile

by Curt Finch

Journyx

Curt Finch is the CEO of Journyx (http://pr.journyx.com), a provider of web-based time tracking, project accounting and resource management software designed to guide customers to per-person, per-project profitability. He is a frequent speaker at major events and conferences, has many articles published in numerous business magazines, and his latest book, “All Your Money Won't Another Minute Buy: Valuing Time as a Business Resource” is available in most bookstores. He is a featured blogger for Inc. (http://www.inc.com/tech-blog), and you can follow him on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/clf99).

What constitutes 90% of the value in recent asset sales on Wall Street by large companies? The answer is data centers and headquarters. When Lehman Brothers went bankrupt and sold its assets to Barclays for $1.75 billion, its data centers and headquarters constituted 86% of the value. This echoes the JPMorgan-Bear Stearns fire sale, in which Bear Stearns' two data centers and headquarters also represented most of the price. Why is this so?

Topics: Green Business

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Get the tech outta here!

by Bryant Hilton

Great Communicate

Bryant Hilton is the founder and president of Great Communicate which helps clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, to bootstrap startups, to leading non-profit organizations, leverage communications to help meet their organizational objectives and tell their unique story in a crowded marketplace. Great Communicate manages client campaigns ranging from environmental advocacy, to brand development and management, to media relations and marketing consulting. The firm’s core philosophy is that with the right tools anything can be communicated well and anyone can be a strong communicator. Bryant has nearly 20 years of communications experience from agency and corporate backgrounds, public and private companies, corporations and non-profit organizations, and U.S. and international work. Before founding Great Communicate, Bryant was the global corporate responsibility communications manager for Dell, creating and executing communications strategies for the company’s sustainability, diversity and philanthropic efforts. Bryant built and launched the environment communications function at Dell and prior to that managed consumer market communications for the company at positions in the U.S. and Europe. While at Dell, Bryant represented the company on the Green Grid’s communications committee and at the Technology and HIV Working Group. Bryant joined Dell from Dittus Communications, in Washington, D.C., where he was a director of media relations, representing clients including the Business Software Alliance, Americans for Computer Privacy and Surfwatch. His previous experience includes communications manager roles at MCI, Ketchum Public Relations and the Personal Communications Industry Association. Bryant holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and currently resides in Austin, Texas. He is a member of the board of directors of Keep Austin Beautiful.

It’s an inevitable situation for any small business; any computer equipment, no matter how advanced it was at time of purchase, will eventually be ready for retirement. Improper disposal of equipment can create a number of risks for your business. The good news is that proper disposal is easier, and more affordable, than ever before.

Topics: Blog Posts, Content Type, Green Business

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