The nature of office work means ACU's offices are responsible for much of the energy the University consumes and the waste it generates.
You can green your office and reduce the University’s environmental impact with these simple actions:
Turn off your monitor when you leave your office for a meeting, event or for lunch
Shut down your PC at night
Switch off your office light when you leave your office for a meeting, event or for lunch
Switch off lights in empty meeting rooms
Report dripping taps to the Service Desk: dripping hot water taps will waste not only water but also the precious and expensive energy used to heat that water
Save paper and stationary
Work from the screen whenever you can to review and take notes
Don’t print copies of agendas and papers on behalf of attendees; many people prefer to save meeting papers to their electronic device. Advise participants to print their own copies if they prefer a hard-copy.
Share your unwanted office supplies: create a designated spot to surrender unwanted stationary and let everyone know about it
Have a biannual Office Clean Out Day: contact the Service Desk to request extra bins, especially for unusable paper, cardboard and magazines that accumulate, and also for archive boxes for the information you need to keep.
Create a scrap paper bin near the printer, so that your colleagues can use the scrap-paper for note taking
Know what’s recyclable at ACU by downloading the ACU Recycling Guide from our Recycling page
Include a review of the recycling guide on the agenda of your next workplace meeting
Check your workstation bins: each workstation must have a set of two bins: a small, desktop bin for general waste and a paper-recycling bin.
Take the stairs
Elevators consume a large amount of energy. Take the stairs and use your own energy instead!
Meet by video- and teleconference
ACU has several options that can help minimise air-travel, which is second biggest contributor to ACU’s greenhouse emissions. ACU’s IT Directorate has lots of online guides to step you through the technology for teleconferencing, video-conferencing and the use of Microsoft Lync to run highly effective online meetings