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Workplace climate action: 10 quick tips!

Whether you have a little or a lot of time, we’ve compiled a list of ten things you can do to take climate action in your workplace.

Many of us spend a lot of time at work, and this provides us with a great opportunity to make positive change for the planet. Working together with your colleagues will enable you to make even bigger changes, but there are plenty of things you can do as an individual too. We have put together a list of ten tips for workplace climate action, but get creative! Every workplace is different, and there might be something unique that your workplace can do to tackle the climate emergency. 

  • If you need to take notes, think about alternatives before buying a new notebook. Could you make your notes online using a computer application, or could you use scrap paper? Remember to reuse and recycle wherever possible. 
  • Think before you print. Printing lots of paper wastes resources and costs your workplace money! Only print out documents or emails if it is absolutely necessary, and remember to recycle them or use them for scrap paper if no longer needed.
  • You can help reduce waste by reducing the amount of single-use items you use. Take a reusable mug for that essential morning cup of tea or coffee, and don’t forget your reusable water bottle. If you can, prepare lunch at home rather than buying a meal deal, to save both money and packaging.
  • It might seem insignificant, but everything we do online has a carbon footprint. Send hyperlinks to shared files and documents rather than sending attachments, to save energy. You could also try deleting old files and old emails that you no longer need.
  • Switch off. Turn off your laptop and monitor if you’re leaving your desk for a while, and switch off the lights in your office when you leave.
  • Travelling to and from work can be a highly polluting activity if you are regularly travelling by car. If possible, work from home to reduce emissions. Alternatively, could you share a lift with some of your colleagues? We’ve put together a handy guide on how to reduce car use in your workplace.
  • If you do need to travel to work, one of the most sustainable things you can do is to use active travel. Leave the car at home and walk, cycle or run to work instead. Perhaps one of your colleagues could join you and it could become a social activity. We’ve also published a guide for employers and employees on how to make it easier to cycle to work. 
  • Arrange for meetings, conferences and training to take place online, to reduce travel. Especially if people are travelling from across the country (or even across the world!), this could greatly reduce carbon emissions and save costs too.
  • Ask questions and speak up! Ask your employer how they are reducing your company’s carbon footprint, or if you’re self-employed, investigate how you can reduce your own emissions. This can be difficult, but our guide to talking about climate change might give you some ideas on how to bring it up.

If you’ve made any of these changes, or done something unique to your workplace that you’d like to share, tag us on social media using the hashtag #candosouthyorkshire! We’d love to know how you’ve been taking action for our planet. 

 

Sheffield Sustainability Network

How do I respond to the declared climate change emergency?

How can we shift our business practices to be more sustainable, in order to stay competitive?

How can I identify and prioritise sustainable solutions that are relevant and achievable for our charity?

As businesses and non-profits, how can we work together to help support both ourselves in prosperity and each other on a sustainable planet?

These are just some of the questions that Sheffield businesses, organisations, charities and residents face today. We see what is happening around us, but we don’t always know what to do.

Sheffield Sustainability Network was founded by three local business owners who had begun meeting regularly to exchange ideas on more sustainable ways of working. 

Their need for more knowledge and support inspired the creation of SSN, a platform in which local businesses and non-profit organisations can support each other in their goal of becoming more sustainable.

Read more about Sheffield Sustainability Network here.