U.S. Green Building Council North Florida

The USGBC North Florida Chapter is creating a positive impact on the region’s built environment by accelerating the adoption of green development practices, technologies, policies and standards. We endeavor to move the building industry forward with a combination of modernized code requirements, market-based solutions and public/private partnerships.

The Chapter’s membership is open, balanced, and comprised of leaders and visionaries from all segments of the development industry and public, including product manufacturers, environmental organizations, building owners, building professionals, utilities, city government, research institutions, professional societies, public schools and universities, and homeowners. This type of representation provides a unique, integrated platform.

10 ways to green your work ethic

A greener workplace can mean a lighter ecological footprint, a healthier and more productive place to work, and good news for the bottom line. Whether you’re the boss or the employee, whether your office is green already or still waiting to see the light, some practical steps can lay the groundwork for a healthy, low-impact workspace.

From how you get to work — we recommend telecommuting — to helping your company walk the walk through corporate financial investment in green, to getting a new green job that matches your career with your ideals, to starting your own green business, we break down your green workplace. Read on for all the details.

1. More Work, Less Energy
For many people, a computer is the central tool at work. Optimizing the energy settings for computers and other devices can be more than a modest energy saver. Set computers to energy-saving settings and make sure to shut them down when you leave for the day (“standby” settings will continue to draw power even when not in use). By plugging hardware into a power strip with an on/off switch (or a smart power strip), the whole desktop setup can be turned off at once (make sure to power down inkjet printers before killing the power–they need to seal their cartridges). Printers, scanners, and other peripherals that are only used occasionally can be unplugged until they’re needed. And of course, turn off lights in spaces that are unoccupied.