Top 10 Sustainability Quick Wins for Your Business

April 22, 2024

Top 10 Sustainability Quick Wins for Your Business from Green Economy London and Summit Properties.

April marks Earth Month, a dedicated time to celebrate our planet and take meaningful action to protect it.  Businesses play a vital role in shaping a greener and more resilient future for our communities. By integrating sustainability into your office space and business operations, you not only positively impact the local environment but also unlock cost savings, improve efficiencies, and foster a more engaged workplace.

Ready to get started? Dive into these 10 quick-win projects, and kickstart your journey toward becoming a more sustainable and responsible business.

1. Smart Thermostat Use

A smart thermostat being used in a London, Ontario office.

Adjust the thermostat of your office to optimal temperatures. During the summer, set it between 23°C – 25°C, and 20°C – 22°C in the winter.

2. Energy Efficient Lighting

Energy efficient lights in a London, Ontario office boardroom.

When light bulbs burn out, replace them with LED lights for reduced energy consumption and lower utility bills. LED lights are 75% more efficient than traditional bulbs.

3. Reusable Kitchenware

Reusable kitchenware in a London, Ontario office.

Ditch single-use plastics and disposable kitchenware and replace them with reusable options. Coffee cups, plates, and cutlery can be found at thrift stores, making it a sustainable and cost-effective choice.

4. Green Transportation

Sustainable bus transportation in London, Ontario.

Promote eco-friendly communing by encouraging employees to carpool, use public transportation, or adopt active methods like walking or biking.

5. Office Plants

Greenery and plants in a London, Ontario office.

Introduce greenery into the workspace with indoor plants. Indoor plants improve air quality by filtering out pollutants, contributing to a healthier and more productive work environment.

6. Power Down Electronics

Office electronics powered down.

Put up signage to remind employees to turn off monitors and other appliances at the end of the day. When electronics are turned off but are still plugged in, they use ‘standby’ or ‘phantom’ power. Try to eliminate phantom power by using power bars and turning them off at the end of the day.

7. Label Garbage and Recycling

Garbage and recycling bins labelled in a London, Ontario office.

Clearly label recycling and garbage bins throughout the office, providing information on what can and cannot be recycled to ensure proper sorting and prevent materials from going to landfills that could otherwise be recycled or composted.

8. Sustainable Printing

An office employee sustainably printing.

Use recycled paper and environmentally friendly ink cartridges to print more sustainably. Set default printer settings to double-sided printing to reduce paper consumption. Encourage digital documentation and communication to minimize the need for paper.

9. Clean Up Your Digital Footprint

An office employee cleaning their digital footprint.

The production, use, and data transfer of digital files and devices contribute to carbon emissions. Go through your digital files on your cloud service (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) to delete documents you no longer need.

10. Green Cleaning Products

Green Seal certified cleaning products being used in a London, Ontario office.

Make the switch to cleaning products that have the Green Seal certification. This designation assures that the products are environmentally safe, taking into account factors such as toxicity, biodegradability, and sustainable packaging practices.

Elevate Your Office Sustainability

Green Economy London logo.

Want to take your sustainability journey to the next step? Green Economy London supports businesses big and small to improve their sustainability practices and lower their environmental impacts. The program offers businesses support and tools to measure their impact and help them set and achieve sustainability goals and targets. Together, we’re demonstrating a more sustainable economy is possible.