After many, many years working as an independent consultant out of my home office, there are some wonderful benefits of being in an office - particularly a sense of community.
The photo above is a series of Earth Day tips that are posted in common areas around the office. These are two simple tips related to technology:
- Turn your computer off at the end of the day
- Think before your print something out
There are benefits to working remotely, of course, as Rosabeth Moss Kanter points out in her piece, "Stay at Home and Work." In terms of sustainability, you can reduce your carbon footprint. There are policies and change management issues around working remotely. David Neff is wondering how nonprofits handle remote working arrangments, specifically "How do you interact/manage/meet/discipline employees that work from home or even work across the globe?"
The online celebration of Earth Day is in full swing as evidenced by the Google Earth Logo and Twitter hashtag #earthtweet. Lots of great resources being shared, including using social media to promote sustainability ( see "The 12 Faces of Social Media for Green Marketers and Sellers of Sustainability"
An excellent resource for everything green and nonprofits and tips for celebrating Earth Day, check out GreenNonprofits. They are encouraging all nonprofits to take the green pledge. GreenNonprofits is also writing a book and is crowdsourcing the cover art work and title. Take the quick survey here.
My Earth Day celebration was to take public transit. But, I've been doing that every day I'm here in Palo Alto or riding a bike as I've decided to go carless. Aside from the sustainability benefits, I also get exercise.
What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day personally or in your nonprofit's office?