Lighting & Air
1. Bring fresh air inside: Numerous studies have proven that the amount of ventilation in your office is a critical determinant of health. Would you like reduced sick days? Less absenteeism? Even reducing the transmission of germs in the office? By cranking up the amount of fresh outside air circulating in your office space you can achieve this. It has even been suggested that breathing better air leads to better decision-making performance among staff. Whether this involves simply encouraging staff to prop open doors, crack windows open, or install a ventilation system to ensure fresh air is circulating. This is a sure way to add some green benefits to your space.2. Bring in natural light: Along with bringing in fresh air, bring in as much natural lighting as possible. We recently made our home-office greener by installing skylights to let more natural light in which gives us the ability to keep our light switches in the off position while still being able to effectively work.3. Install motion sensors: Have you ever walked around a building only to notice how many unnecessary lights are on? Instead of leaving it up to the last employee out of a room to turn off the light, install motion-activated light sensors. This will reduce energy use and your electric bill.4. Switch to energy efficient light bulbs: Compact Fluorescent Bulbs use roughly 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and last 10 times longer! This not only saves on energy costs but also time spent replacing light bulbs, and the waste of numerous bulbs. This simple change requires no conversion of equipment and can be done immediately.5. Bring in plants: Plants in an office space improve employee performance on memory retention while also boosting employee happiness. Having plants in your workspace will also purify the air. In Amy Amodio’s office, our Director of Outdoor Education you will be surrounded by numerous plants. No wonder her office is the preferred staff hang out!