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Form a 'green team' to initiate sustainable efforts

August 26, 2009
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WASHINGTON — When taking steps to "green" your facility, it is critical to do your research, read product labels and not buy into the "greenwash" that abounds, according to the Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area.
Green Seal Inc., a Washington-based trade group that provides independent certification and standards for sustainable products and services, recommends setting up a "green team" to initiate your facility''s or company''s efforts, the story stated.
According to the story, it is best to start with the "low-hanging fruit" — projects that are easy and inexpensive to implement but show good results.
Electricity consumption accounts for roughly one-third of the average office''s environmental impact, so launching a green office program can sometimes be as simple as screwing in a compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb, the story noted.
Linda Chipperfield, vice president of outreach for Green Seal, said: "It''s gotten to the point that there''s a plethora of [green] products available, so the price difference is really minimal.
Business owners generally avoid starting a green program because they think it will cost money, but the opposite is often true, the story added.
According to Co-op America, a complete green office program encompasses both a micro and macro approach to sustainability.
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