sleepyowl wrote:I work for a major fashion chain, but recently got elected as area employee rep & I am determined to get them to go greener I have a gob on me & have already got a few suggestions rolling around but have introduced some greener measures into the store & I am looking to roll them out to other stores, most will cost the company nothing & will save the company money. So far so good. Things that I have rolled out into our store;
Reusing bags from people who have brought an item back (as long as they are in good nick)
Asking people if they need a bag
Installing toilet hippos
Getting people to turn off all lights, tills & computers not in use
If anyone else has any other ideas please let me know
Has the company gone for ISO 14001?
The initial Environmental Aspect and Impact Assessment that you go through for that will identifiy those areas where the biggest difference can be made. That's very important for getting managament buy-in as most of these are cost savings. Employee engagement for environmental improvement needs to link to some of the big ticket improvements (energy reduction) but also needs grassroots small-scale projects that might not make a big direct improvement but encourage thinking in the right way - canteen waste recycling, etc.
Half-hour meters are great, but even better is an instantaneous consumption meter. Once you establish the minimum baseload (all end-of-day switch offs done) you have a figure that unless it's achieved noone goes home until the rogue switch is turned off! That really focusses the mind on not leaving unnecessary electrical items switched on overnight.
Most of my really quick hits require a wee bit of investment (motion detector light switches in storerooms, etc), but one that is free is to check the temperature of airconditioning in the IT server room. It's usually set around 16-17C in my experience, but almost all IT equipment is optimised for 21-24C. That's about £400/year saving by raising the set-point temperature for the average office server room. You do need to check with the IT equipment manufacturer first (there are some pieces of kit that need lower temperatures).
Another useful target to set is if you know the weight of rubbish collected, setting a maximum target for "general waste" either as an absolute figure (kg) or as a percentage of all waste. "General waste" is everything that isn't being collected for recycling or re-use (so not paper, card or plastic packaging if
it is collected seperately and recycled). Don't include hygiene waste in these figures as it isn't relevant (and I usually find that it's missing from 80% of business waste stream surveys anyway).