Easy ways employees can turn an office green!

It is so simple to forget to recycle and leave the light switch on, but if everyone in the office does these little forgetful habits then it will build up. So, to help here is a even simpler light to make that second home of yours a nicer GREENer office.

1. Lights: A simple but effective way to conserve finances and energy at the office is to turn off lights when not in use. Not only do they last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, they use 25% less energy. Also switching the entire office to LED’s will help with this as well.

2. Equipment: Use recycled printing paper, be sure that all and yes i do mean ALL equipment is turned off and shut down at the end of the day. Shutting down office equipment at the end of the day is cost effective and has no impact on equipment performance and longevity.

3. Water: Many offices provide individual bottles of water for their employees. Not only are they more expensive than tap water, the containers pose significant threats to our environment. While many people have come to believe that bottled water is purer, tastes better and is more convenient, research challenges such notions.

4. Paper: Recommend that your office move toward becoming a paperless environment. There are both ecological and economic benefits to reducing or eliminating a business’s dependency on paper, and technological advancements are making that shift easier. Scanners can convert a paper document to electronic form, making it easier to store and share. Cloud computing allows archival documents to be scanned and uploaded offsite, thus eliminating the need for space-eating file cabinets and the all-too-familiar hazard of lost or misfiled paper documents

A Greener Houston

Houston, Texas is by no means small. In an attempt to make this city a greener place to live, many places have been trying to find a healthier solution to help the environment. City Centre, a mixed-use development takes many steps in becoming green. Not only is it a nice place to hangout for shopping, working or staying at a hotel, it has take many steps to help be green. Not only that, it has different designs in place to make it a more people-friendly area. For example, in stead of water sprinklers that water the grass above ground and leave the sidewalks soaked, City Centre has implemented a system which operations underground. Thanks to this, the water stays only in the area for which it was intended and pedestrians no longer have to worry about slippery sidewalks.

Another big ups for City Centre is one of their restaurants: Ruggles Green. With it’s 4-star rating, Ruggles Green is currently labeled the greenest restaurant in Houston. In addition to having great desserts, they also “operate in the most sustainable way possible with extensive recycling, composting, energy-saving equipment and water conservation steps in place.”

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Don’t Waste Thyme!

When cooking, a lot of us chefs know things taste better with a little Thyme (excuse the horrible pun). However, I bet most didn’t know it had great health benefits! From speeding up cell regeneration to promoting health by fighting diseases, there are many uses to this particular plant. Here are a few but very interesting facts you may not know about this little additional cooking ingredient:

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So, next time you’re cooking, maybe you’ll think twice about wasting Thyme (again with the pun)!

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