Green Building SEA
 


Green Operating Principles

    1. Re-use resources

  • Re-use paper (or give partly used paper to schools)
  • Re-ink printer cartridges


  • 2. Recycle waste

  • Recycle paper, cardboard
  • Recycle tins, glass
  • Recycle organics (into compost)
  • Recycle plastic
  • Ensure safe disposal - of batteries, CFLs and other hazardous waste


  • 3. Reduce energy consumption

  • Avoid heating and cooling as much as possible (e.g. aircons)
  • Use efficient lighting (CFLs)
  • Don't leave lights on in offices and toilets, etc. unnecessarily
  • Don't leave extractor fan on in toilets
  • Set computer screen to hibernate power settings to save energy
  • Switch off equipment when not in use for long periods (overnight)


  • 4. Clean energy sources

  • Use green/renewable/cleaner electricity and other energy sources where possible


  • 5. Purchasing

  • Buy local where feasible - stimulate local employment & reduce transport environmental impacts
  • Buy recycled products where possible (stimulate demand) - e.g. recycled paper


  • 6. Use water efficiently

  • Building has low-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads and kitchen taps, grey water re-use, water efficient garden, and will have rain water tanks


  • 7. Promote natural systems

  • Develop and maintain a healthy garden
  • Reduce paved surface area


  • 8. Reduction in synthetic chemical use

  • Use products with natural/organic contents: cleaners, paints, soaps, sprays, garden fertilizers, insecticides, etc.


  • 9. Transport efficiency

  • Facilitate/encourage lift sharing amongst staff
  • Facilitate use of public transport by staff
  • Consider video/telephone conferencing rather than physical meeting
  • Fly only when absolutely necessary


  • 10. Annual organisation environmental assessments

  • Undertake an annual environmental assessment of the organisation's performance, and document


  • 11. Employment creation

  • Maximise employment for disadvantaged people, use manual labour rather than automation


  • 12. 'Human-friendly' workspaces (unhealthy, unpleasant work environments make life, never mind work, unsustainable)

  • Create pleasant spaces to relax
  • Massages and other relaxing activities during office hours?
  • Provide advice/seminars on working without stress?
  • Accommodate children
  • Interact with the garden, grow food in the garden and eat it!