Going green not only benefits the environment, it also benefits the businesses and organisations themselves. Some organisations in the built environment sector have already invested in sustainability measures for their business operations that can help to mitigate climate change.
But change does not happen overnight, especially for smaller organisations. They can, however, begin by taking small steps to reduce their carbon footprint. Companies can start with some easily attainable measures such as getting employees to turn off lights when not in use, unplugging equipment/devices from power sockets at the end of the day and also by making use of reusable water bottles in the office. Organisations can also identify the barriers and motivators for staff, and create activities to change behaviour.
This will make the desired carbon-reduction behaviours easy and attractive to adopt, especially when it becomes a social activity that colleagues can do together.
Organisations can also use certified green building materials for their office fitting-out or renovation, creating low-carbon workplaces with long-term benefits to employee health and wellbeing. Companies can also encourage employees to lower their commuting emissions by taking public transport, biking or carpooling to the workplace, and offering them incentives to do so.