OTHER SUSTAINABLE OFFICE POLICIES (YES THERE’S MORE!)
Double Sided Paper All printing (11×17 and smaller) is conducted using 2-sided duplex mode. The result is about a 30% reduction in paper use and waste.
Two Screens, Less Paper All engineers utilize 2 large monitors which allows us to review most of our work on screen thus drastically reducing on our paper consumption.
Rechargeable Batteries. The office is supplied with only rechargeable batteries. This has reduced our new battery consumption by 90%.
ReUsable Pens Instead of wasting a perfectly good pen case every time it runs out of ink, EP purchases pens that use recycled inserts. When the ink runs out, the only part that gets thrown away and replaced is the insert.
Shutting off Mechanical Systems Each day at 6pm, all mechanical fans on the perimeter are turned off. Previously the fans were left to run 24/7. This practice has resulted in a reduction in usage by over 50% and a savings of about $1,600 annually)
Shutting off PCs The server at EP Engineering runs a special program that hibernates any PC that has been inactive for 1-hour.
Shutting off Electronic Appliances Coffee machines, cell phone chargers, copy machines…… they all use power even when not in use, simply from being plugged in. At EP, all such appliances are connected to timers which only allow them to power during normal business hours.
Plant Based Paper Goods We have made the switch from traditional paper products to plant based products, specifically Bagasse. Bagasse products do not require a heavy investment of new resources to produce, and are a way to make use of material that would otherwise be discarded, making it a very sustainable product.
Terra Cycle All other plastics not accepted through sanitation are collected and sent to Terra Cycle, who reuses, upcycles and recycles waste instead of incinerating or Iandfilling it.
Plastic Bags We collect plastic bags in our office to be reused. Those that are not reused are brought to a location for recycling.
Toner We recycle all printer and plotter toner cartridges used within our office.
Batteries & Electronics Recycling EP uses rechargeable batteries for most of our office needs. Any other batteries are recycled via The Big Green Box. The Big Green Box can be used for disposable batteries and small hand held electronic recycling. Once shipped, contents are recovered and treated in the most efficient and environmentally-sound way possible.
Cork EP even began collecting cork to be recycled and reused. Employees corks will be used to replace petroleum based materials in consumer product and extend the useful life of your wine works. By supporting this program we are giving new life to perfectly good natural cork.
K Cup Recycling Thanks to Ground to Grow on, K cups are collected and sent to a recycling facility which converts the brewed packs into useable alternatives.
Office Cleaning Products We aim to use products that are not only safe for the environment, but safe for employees as well. The products used in our office have been researched and all have received a favorable EWG rating.