Promoting Sustainability: The Power of Small Changes

Making a difference to help the environment doesn’t have to be difficult. Just a few small changes at home and work will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Turning your monitor off after 20 minutes of inactivity
  • Shut your computer down when you leave for the day
  • The greenest paper is no paper at all, so keep things digital
  • The more you do online, the less you need paper
  • Keep files on computers instead of in file cabinets (use Royal Drive for documents that need encryption or the ERP Systems Imaging System – contact the Technology Support Center for more information)
  • Review documents onscreen rather than printing them out
  • Use double-sided printing whenever possible
  • Print in draft mode to conserve ink: It will generally lighten the shade, but you’ll still be able to read your copy clearly
  • Distribute memos, manuals, minutes, policies (documents) via email: Instead of printing out memos for distribution, email them and let employees decide whether or not they wish to print them
  • Reduce your margin settings so that your printer uses less paper
  • Send emails instead of paper letters
  • Printers, scanners, and other peripherals that are only used occasionally can be unplugged until they’re needed
  • Turn off lights in spaces that are unoccupied
  • Bring your lunch to work in reusable containers is likely the greenest (and healthiest) way to eat at work


  • Treehugger, T. (n.d.). 10 ways to green your work ethic. Retrieved April 20, 2016, from
  • 10 Awesome Going Green Tips At Work – Sustainable Business Toolkit. (2012). Retrieved April 20, 2016, from

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