7 steps to an eco-friendly workplace

Green stands out

Editor’s note: You know how you sometimes can use one detailed phrase to best describe people you know? Like “funny in a British sort of way ” or “cute geek I’d like to watch old episodes of ‘Doctor Who’ with.” Well, I’d describe my co-worker, Peter Dillon, like this: “the guy who taught me about DNS and the best organic fertilizer for desert gardens.” He’s one of the greenest guys I know at GoDaddy — and a whiz at unraveling the intricacies of A records and name servers. Here’s what he’s got to say about leaving only green footprints at work.

I believe that doing our part to conserve our environmental resources isn’t a choice — it’s an obligation. At home I do my best to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible (though I have to admit I do not walk around in the dark so much anymore if I get up at night, after discovering that the door I thought I left open was, in fact, closed). And it would be hard for me to work for a company that didn’t have some of the same values I hold when it comes to being “green.”

That’s not an issue at GoDaddy. In 2013, we collected 31.5 tons of recyclables that otherwise would have ended up in landfills. Here are a few other things we do around here to stay green:

  • Support a trip reduction program, including transit passes and carpool coordination
  • Practice commingling for recyclables (single bins for plastic and paper with separate bins for glass and cardboard)
  • Recycle batteries
  • Replaced all Styrofoam cups with paper cups
  • Use high-efficiency air-conditioning chillers
  • Use air conditioning filters made from recycled material
  • Use low-mercury, long-life fluorescent lamps in all our buildings
  • Use high-efficiency electric motors
  • Use variable frequency drives, which maximize the efficiency of large electrical motors
  • Have motion detector light switches in offices and support rooms
  • Added extra charging stations for electric vehicles

What can you do?

You really don’t need a Tesla to show your love for the environment. There are a number of things you can do at work (and even more outside the office) to both reduce costs and your carbon footprint. In an article I recently wrote for America’s SBDC Biz Blog®, “Leave Only Green Footprints,” I outlined seven ways to conserve while you’re bringing home the (organic) bacon.

  1. Telecommute
  2. Taper the paper
  3. Add plants
  4. Be choosy with equipment
  5. Offer healthier eating alternatives (and packaging)
  6. Provide bins marked for recycle only
  7. Encourage more time in the dark

To find out why you should add a Snake Plant to your office space, or learn the Harlem Shake, check out the full post here.

Don’t be shy when it comes to spreading the word about your “green-ness.” It’s no surprise that companies actually gain respect for their green efforts, and a caring company is a beautiful thing to work for.

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Peter Dillon was transplanted from Wales, UK, about 10 years ago and joined the GoDaddy family in 2010. He lives in Phoenix with his wife and cat, who adopted the couple last year and has allowed them to live with her since. A specialty trainer at GoDaddy, Peter loves education and enjoys being on both sides of the desk—knowing that there is not only always something to learn, but there is always something that can be taught.