Friday, May 19th is Bike to Work day. It’s time to swap out your car keys or subway card for two wheels. Will you be a participant?
Why Should You Bike to Work?
There are many reasons including staying fit, saving money, or avoiding traffic delays. The reason we at TreeZero like best is that it helps reduce your carbon footprint. According to The League of American Bicyclists, 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. more than doubled since 2000.
You can do it
It sounds simple because it is. Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or a beginner, Bike to Work Day is your chance to give it a try. In fact, many of the largest U.S. cities will host Bike to Work Day events. Your effort make a difference. Many people who participate in a Bike to Work Day promotion as first-time commuters become regular bike commuters. Everyone’s commute is improved when people ride a bike.
Do it for fun
Leave the car at home and dust off the bike. Enjoy your commute for once. Notice the people, the buildings, the trees and much more. Then you don’t have to limit yourself to just bicycle commuting to work. Try riding your bike whenever possible. Ride with your entire family. Maybe it’s a trip to a local farmer’s market or just exploring your city – just remember to have fun!
Earth Day is coming up at the end of the month. You’re already trying to be as “green” as you can be at home, so now it’s time to make your workplace just as sustainable. There are lots of simple changes you can make to raise awareness of environmental issues, create a sustainable workplace, and encourage your co-workers to make and participate in sustainable choices.
Here’s a few ways to make any office Earth Day-ready:
- Think Before You Print. Refrain from printing things that can easily be read or saved on the computer. And, if you decide to print, TreeZero encourages you to use our tree free multipurpose paper. We also suggest that you set up your printers to print two-sided, set your margins as wide and your font size as small as possible. Not only will you save paper, but you’ll think twice about what you’re sending out.
- Recycle Everything You Can. Recycling is one of the easiest, least demanding and least expensive ways to go green. Strategically place recycling bins around the office to encourage people to properly dispose of paper, aluminum, plastic, glass and other items. As your office becomes more involved in the recycling, you can also set up separate bins for items such as batteries and ink cartridges.
- Commute Smarter. Walk or cycle to work if you can. Take public transportation (tip: buy bulk passes to save money). As a bonus with either of these two options, you’ll get additional exercise on your way to and from work. If you must drive, carpool or car share. According to the EPA, ditching your car for two days per week will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year.
- Conserve Water. Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge instead of running the tap. Don’t pour left over water down the drain. Use it to water the plants. If you’re lucky enough to be able to bring your dog to the office, use left over water to fill the dog’s water bowl.
- Start a Green Team. Get your office to create a sustainability team. Gather team members from a cross-section of the company and work together to develop and maintain green practices for your company. Keep it fun and encourage company-wide participation rewarding creative ideas. Your new Green Team can inspire, activate, and engage employees to create meaningful changes within your company. Otherwise, what’s the use of these tips if no one is using them?
Let us know how you’ve made your office a more sustainable place to work. Share some of your favorite sustainable ideas. We look forward to celebrating and supporting Earth Day 2017 with all of you!