Going+Green+at+the+Office - Going Green at the Office

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Going Green at the Office We can compost and conserve all we want at home. But as soon as we hit the office,  we turn into triplicate-printing, paper-cup-squashing, run-our-computers-all-night-so- the-boss-thinks-we're-working earth befoulers. One office worker can use a quarter  ton of materials in a year--which includes 10,000 pieces of copier paper. Heating,  cooling and powering office space are responsible for almost 40% of carbon dioxide  emissions in the U.S. and gobble more than 70% of total electricity usage. Commuters  spew 1.3 billion tons of CO2 a year. Computers in the office burn $1 billion worth of  electricity annually--and that's when they're not producing a lick of work. All our unnecessarily generated company waste adds up to unnecessarily wasted  company cash. Goosed by the color of money, companies from global empire to mom- and-pop, from high tech to local government are embracing environmentally  friendlier architecture, supplies and attitudes. Wal-Mart is placing solar panels on its  stores. Los Angeles County may soon offer its 90,000 commuting employees  incentives to buy hybrid vehicles; UCLA already does. The San Francisco Federal  Building, Dallas' McKinney Green office building, and New York City's Hearst, Bank of  America and Goldman Sachs towers were all designed under green principles. Want a  tipping point? Here's one: in May, Rupert Murdoch announced that News Corp.  would go carbon neutral. The business case for going green is increasingly clear, even without Al Gore droning  on and on and on about it: where green goes, so goes the bottom line. But employers  are beginning to realize it's also about the competition for talent. Several recent  surveys show that workers, especially from the generation that grew up separating  paper from plastic, don't want to work for big fat polluters. One-third of workers  would be more inclined to work for a green company, says staffing firm Adecco USA, 
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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2011 for the course ECON 112 taught by Professor Mike during the Spring '11 term at Université de Liège.

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