Q: What makes me an expert on the topics I write about?

A: While most people are too polite to actually ask this question, I’m sure they think about it. The answer is that I spent 40+ years in the bustling business world of New York City and am very familiar with the ins and outs of modern businesses. Additionally, since retiring, I’ve educated myself on renewable energy and have converted my home into a cleaner, greener environment by reducing emissions, utilizing solar energy, growing my own food, and more. I’ve also spent a lot of time learning about how this greener state of mind can be applied into the business world, and how many businesses are already making big changes.

Q: What are some things that can be done to reduce paper-waste in the workplace?

A: First of all, you don’t have to cut out paper altogether to become greener. Some smaller steps that you can take include examining your paper sourcing and ink sourcing and being more mindful of recycling practices. When you’re ready to make a larger-scale change, shop round for an electronic document management system. These programs will allow you to store your documents electronically, which will help you to develop paperless procedures for your business.

Q: What are some ways to make a business greener?

A: There’s more than one way to make a business more sustainable. Each thing you change about your business will affect our planet in the long run, but still, it’s hard to know where to begin. There are a number of green business alliances that you can join, which will connect you with helpful resources and training. Search the web to see if one exists in your county or state.

As you plan the changes you’ll need to make in order to make your business a greener one, make sure you follow these three steps: 1) educate yourself on the possibilities, 2) follow the incentives that will help you finance your investments in renewable energies, and 3) let people know that you made the change and are committed to responsible business practices.

Q: Do I have to spend a lot of money to make my business more sustainable?

A: Absolutely not! You can make small changes in your daily operations that will have a substantial impact on the environment over time. Some examples of these small changes include the following: cutting down on plastic, using better light bulbs, recycling, changing your printer/copier settings, sending digital memos and agendas, and allowing employees to work from home.

Q: What are some examples of alternative energies?

A: Five of the most popular alternative energies are solar, wind, biomass, ethanol biofuels and other biofuels, and geothermal. When looking into potential sustainable energy sources for your business, it’s important to consider which of these sources is available to your geographic location and which type of fuel is best suited to your industry. Will you benefit more from a renewable energy used to fuel vehicles or one that is used for electricity, heating, and cooling?