Earth Day is April 22 and we offer tips on how to green your office, courtesy of the United States Environmental Protection Agency:
Bring Your Green to Work with ENERGY STAR - The energy saving actions we take as individuals in the workplace can make a big difference in the overall energy performance of a building and can help in the fight against climate change. From changing a desk lamp bulb to unplugging a power charger, EPA's animated tool - ENERGY STAR@Work - shows us how we can all do our part!
Climate Change: What You Can Do at the Office - Business and home offices use a significant amount of electricity for heating and cooling, lighting and operating equipment. Discover some easy ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions both at work and during your commute. Learn how reducing, reusing and recycling at work helps conserve energy.
It's Easy Being Green: A Guide to Planning and Conducting Environmentally Aware Meetings and Events - Provides an outline to assist professionals in planning environmentally aware events such as meetings, workshops, festivals, picnics, and sporting events. Includes profiles of successful events that have been held, and step by step procedures for coordinating events using a planning checklist.
Indoor Air Quality in Large Buildings - Learn about the roles of building managers and occupants in maintaining good indoor air quality.
An Office Building Occupant's Guide to Indoor Air Quality - This booklet is intended to help people who work in office buildings learn about the factors that contribute to indoor air quality and comfort problems and the roles of building managers and occupants in maintaining a good indoor environment.
Secondhand Smoke - The health risks to children and adults from secondhand smoke are discussed at this site, with links to a number of publications.
Pesticide Safety Programs - This site presents the EPA Worker Protection Standard which helps protect agricultural workers from pesticide poisoning and injuries.
Protecting the Health of Nail Salon Workers - Developed in collaboration with nail salons and other partners, this practical guide can help workers and nail-salon owners make their salons safer workplaces. The guide includes easy-to-use checklists with advice on topics such as proper gloves, masks and handling of products. The guide's non-technical language will help workers understand product ingredients and how to prevent overexposure to those that present potential health risks.
Index of ToxFAQs - ATSDR ToxFAQs is a series of summaries about hazardous substances. Each fact sheet provide answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about exposure to hazardous substances and the effects of exposure on human health.
(Source: U.S. EPA - http://www.epa.gov/epahome/workplac.htm)