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(Updated January 2013)

What can you do to keep the spirit of Earth Day alive at your office? This field guide provides practical tips and ideas to make your office a greener and healthier place through recycling, green architecture and smart use of office resources. Learn how you can help the environment and save money, too. (D. McCormick, Operations Analyst)

Office Tips You Can Implement Today  

  1. Eliminate paper coffee cups
  2. Purchase a dishwasher
  3. Switch to green cleaning products
  4. Implement motion-detector lights in all conference rooms
  5. Utilize recycle boxes to place excess paper throughout the company
  6. Place recycle boxes for all bottles and cans in the cafeteria
  7. Replace all lighting throughout the company with more efficient lights

Source: 7 Green Office Tips Your Company Can Implement, (workawesome.com, Aug. 4, 2010).

Your Green Life Minute: Greening Up at the Office

Information from NAR

How Do You Make Your Company More Green?, (REALTOR® Magazine, Apr. 2011).

How About Some "Green" on the MLS?, (REALTOR® Magazine—Styled, Staged and Sold Blog, Apr. 26, 2010).

Is Your Listing Really "Green"?, (REALTOR® Magazine—Styled, Staged and Sold Blog, Mar. 9, 2009).

A Quick Guide to Green Trends, (REALTOR® Magazine—Styled, Staged and Sold Blog, Jan. 17, 2009).

3 easy ways to green your office, (REALTOR® Magazine, Apr. 2008).

Green Office Guide, Item # E135-50

Greening Your Office

5 Ways to Green Your Office, (livingontheplanet.com, May 23, 2012).

Greening Your Office, (coolpeoplecare.org, Apr. 19, 2012).

How to Green Your Business, (thegoodhuman.com, Apr. 10, 2012).

Greening your home office, (accidentallygreen.com, Apr. 5, 2012).

Greening Your Office With Plants and Flowers, (greenbusinesswomen.com, Mar. 20, 2012).

Simple Steps to Greening Your Office, (ecohearth.com, Mar. 25, 2012).

Greening Your Office Printing and Copying, (blog.intuit.com, Feb. 16, 2012).

Simple Steps to Green Your Office Space, (eco18.com, Jan. 31, 2012).

Green Tip – Eco Your Office, (ygreenside.org, Jan. 31, 2012).

Implementing Sustainable Practices in Your Office, (blog.epa.gov, Nov. 30, 2011).

Create a Green Office, (xerox.com).

Resources to Help Your Business Go Green, (eHow.com, May 2, 2011).

'Greening' Your Small Business will Boost Its Bottom Line, (huffingtonpost.com, Apr. 22, 2011).

Green Office Week: top tips for greening your office, (urbansprout.co.za, Apr. 19, 2011).

It's Not Easy Being Green, (Buildings, Mar. 2011). Q

Baby Steps for Going Green, (smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com, Feb. 7, 2011).

Green on the Go, (Buildings, Jan. 2011). Q

Certifiable Green, (Journal of Property Management, Sept./Oct. 2010). Q

Tips for Greening Your Office, (livingprinciples.org, June 29, 2010).

The True Benefits of Building and Maintaining a Green Office, (aznow.biz, June 1, 2010).

30 Easy Ways to Go Green in the Office, (WiseBread.com, May 6, 2010). 

Waste Costs Money, Going Green Can Save, (Jacksonville Business Journal, Mar. 12, 2010). 

A New Standard for High-Performance Green Buildings, (Buildings, Mar. 2010). Q

Doing the Right Thing for the Environment, (Sacramento Business Journal, Feb. 19, 2010). 

Green Your Office in 10 Easy Steps, (greenamericatoday.com). 

Greening Your Business, (Squidoo.com, 2009).  


Green Resource Council

National Recycling Coalition

eBooks & Other Resources


The following ebooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Strategies for the Green Economy (Adobe eReader)

Be a Successful Green Builder (Adobe eReader)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Greening Your Business (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet, One Simple Step at a Time (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

Green Building A to Z (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

The Green Building Bottom Line (Adobe eReader)

Green Building Through Integrated Design (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

Green Business Practices for Dummies (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

The Green Guide: The Complete Reference for Consuming Wisely (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do To Make a Big Difference (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

Greening Your Small Business (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

Smart Green: How to Implement Sustainable Business Practices in Any Industry -- and Make Money (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Central.  Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10.  Call Information Central at 800.874.6500 for assistance.

Sweets green building square foot costbook, (BNI Publications, Inc., 2010). NA 6230 B62

The Green Workplace: Sustainable strategies that benefit employees, the environment and the bottom line, (New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). TD 171.7 St8t

Greening Your Office -- From cupboard to corporation: An A-Z Guide, (White River Junction, VT : Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2008). TD 171.7 C61

Illustrated Green Guide: A Complete Reference for Consuming Wisely, (National Geographic, 2008). TD 171.7 N21

Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying, (Broadway Books, 2008). TD 171.7 B12

It's Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living, (Gibbs Smith, 2006). TD 171.7 T69

Green Office Buildings: A Practical Guide to Development, (Urban Land Institute, 2005). NA 6230 G74

Field Guides & More

These field guides and other resources in the Virtual Library may also be of interest:

Field Guide to Commercial Green Buildings

Field Guide to Green Homes & Green Mortgages

Field Guide to Green Property Management

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