For generations, industry soldiered on without thinking twice about its impact on the planet. Times have changed, though, and we now realize how harmful this mindset was. Every action an individual or organization takes causes a ripple effect for better or worse. As we continue to learn how these ripples can harm the environment for future generations, many businesses have made adjustments to mitigate the results.
One of the most important steps a company can take to reduce its ecological footprint is to make changes to its facilities. Commercial properties consume an enormous portion of the resources used in the world. This means there are many opportunities for owners and managers to make improvements, even small ones. For example, choosing energy-efficient lighting such as LEDs can result in tremendous savings. These lighting solutions mean not only less strain on the electrical grid, but also a lower utility bill. Another way to lower energy consumption is to increase the amount of natural light in the building, whether by opening blinds or installing skylights.
Many businesses may consider the more significant investment of renewable energy. This can take the form of installing solar panels or wind turbines. In any case, renewable options make operations less dependent on traditional energy sources that lead to pollution and waste. Bear in mind, however, that it may not be feasible for your particular needs to be fulfilled entirely by renewable energy. Going entirely paperless is another possibility. It may require significant alterations to a company’s processes, but it can slow down deforestation and help relieve other environmental issues.
We’re more aware than ever of how our actions influence the planet’s ability to support life. That means the time to do something is now. Take a look at the accompanying infographic for more ideas on how to create an eco-friendly facility for your business.
Author bio: Dan Dulik is Vice President of Marketing at Litetronics, manufacturer of commercial lighting products, including bulbs and a full line of fixtures and retrofit kits. An alumnus of DePaul University’s Graduate School of Business, he has more than 15 years of experience in B2B and B2C marketing.