An Electronic Newsletter 
of EEA's Environmental Consulting Activities


Going Green……
 Not so Black and White

“Go Green” Tips for the Office Environment

(printer friendly version uses Acrobat Reader)

Summer 2008

EEA, Inc.

55 Hilton Avenue,
Garden City, New York 11530
(516) 746-4400, (212) 227-3200
(800) 459-5533
additional New York offices:

Stony Brook
(631) 751-4600
(518) 861-8586
Asheville, NC
(828) 777-0610

e-mail addresses:

First initial and last name
EEA services include 

Phase I ESAs, Haz-Mat
Testing and Remediation, Wetlands Delineation 
and Creation, Natural
Resources Inventories,
Marine Ecology Studies,
Air Quality and Noise
studies, and Environmental Management System (ISO 14000) implementation. 
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For information or quotes,

Phase I ESAs
Richard Fasciani

Phase II/III Haz-Mat
Testing and Remediation

Nicholas Recchia, VP, CPG

Dredge Management Testing
Jeffrey Shelkey

EAS/EIS Studies
Janet Collura, CWS

Wetlands Studies and Design
Laura Schwanof, RLA

Marine Ecology
Michelle Nannen

Terrestrial Ecology
Denise Harrington, AICP

Air Quality and Noise
Victor Fahrer, P.E.

Environmental Management
Systems (ISO 14000)
Robert Clifford

Director of Strategic Planning
James McAleer

Restoration Ecologist
Erin Brosnan

Invasive Species Specialist
Bill Jacobs


EEA, Inc. –
Founded in 1979


Leland M. Hairr, Ph.D.

Allen Serper, M.S., P.E.
Vice President 

Roy R. Stoecker, Ph.D.
Vice President





♦  Paper
  Used equipment,
    such as:
    - computers
    - printers
♦  Ink



♦  Ink Cartridges
  Used equipment,
    by donation
    - computers
    - printers



♦  Disposables
    - cups, etc.
  Energy use:
    - lights   
    - computers
  Paper use:
    - use both sides
    - computers



♦  Buy recycled
♦  Buy Energy
    Star equipment
  Make recycling
    - obvious bins



The concept to conserve, recycle, reuse and make efforts to become energy efficient is not new to us.  However, lately it has been a hotter topic.  Yes, the soaring price of gas and oil is probably responsible for this renewed interest.  We are paying more attention to conserving gasoline.  Tips like find alternative fuels, minimize our driving trips, use public transportation, walk, and work at home are just a few.

Conserving has been with a capital “C” generally and this is all good.  So let’s all jump on the Go Green wagon.  There is a wealth of information out there for green solutions in the home and we provide some useful links at the end of this article for the business and home.  In this edition of Insights, EEA has provided a list of tips for the business office.  Just by sending this newsletter via the internet is one tip.  Less paper, less ink, less electricity.

Although it may be overwhelming, and some claim to be tired of making these go green efforts, just by following one of these can help your business save money and make you feel good too.

Although we discourage you to print out this article, you may want to print the Tips Page to hang on your Office Bulletin Board for all to view.  Need incentive?  Microsoft is paying their employees for energy efficiency improvements.  Maybe this is a new trend!


Go Green TIPS
For Your Business




Recycle that office paper.  Find a paper recycling vendor in your area if paper recycling is not available by your refuse collector.


Reuse that office paper.  For draft copies, keep a pile of one-sided prints next to your laser printer.  We keep a continuous stack in our laserjet.  Print double-sided when possible for those drafts.


Reduce the amount of paper or other office supplies that are used.  Think while you are doing a task how you could use less resources  or supplies in the office.


Buy recycled paper for all your office uses.


Go paperless as much as possible.  Scanning and saving those files as PDF’s  not only conserves, but saves office space.  Save files on media such as CD’s.   Retrieving these later is a click away instead of rummaging through boxes in the storage room. 


Refill computer ink cartridges rather than add them to the landfill.


Donate unwanted equipment like computers and printers to a school or not-for-profit group.  Tax credits usually apply.


Computers, monitors and accessories can all be recycled.  Find out how equipment is recycled in your area.  We drop our equipment off at a local recycling center routinely.


Place bins or containers in locations near trash cans where employees normally would throw away recyclables. Be sure to label the bins so that the materials are put in separate receptacles.


Place a sign near the receptacle reminding employees to recycle. Follow up with an email to employees.


Turn off the lights when you're leaving any room for 15 minutes or more and utilize natural light when you can.   Make it a policy to buy Energy Star-rated light bulbs and fixtures, which use at least two-thirds less energy than regular lighting and install timers or motion sensors that automatically shut off lights when they're not needed.


Maximize computer efficiency.  Computers in the business sector unnecessarily waste $1 billion worth of electricity a year. Make it a habit to turn off your computer (and the power strip it's plugged into) when you leave for the day. (Check with your IT department to make sure the computer doesn't need to be on to run backups or other maintenance.)


During the day, setting your computer to go to sleep automatically during short breaks can cut energy use by 70 percent. Remember, screen savers don't save energy.


Make it a policy to invest in energy-saving computers, monitors, and printers and make sure that old equipment is properly recycled. Look for a recycler that has pledged not to export hazardous e-waste and to follow other safety guidelines.


Bring your own mug to work.  Invest in an inexpensive set of dishware for the office to avoid those costly paper goods.


Present full-time home business owners & telecommuters save approximately 4,439 million gallons of gas per year. If  employees work at home one day a week, carbon emissions are reduced and your wallet is happier.