Starting From Scratch In An Effort To Go Green

While swapping out inefficient, outdated lighting in favor of more sustainable and economic options can seem like a no brainer at home, a lot of business owners can easily get lost when it comes to remodeling their offices, shops, and spaces into something more efficient, safer, and greener.

Workplace efficiency improvements can be a bit more complicated, especially when the process of doing business and sustaining a company seems to demand as much energy use as possible.  But in addition to getting leaner, greener environmental credit, evaluating a workspace for greater efficiency potential–from the barebones out–has proven to be a business decision that really pays off. That’s shown through one example of a now eco-friendly auto body shop.   

“Make no mistake, though—Hubbard’s primary motive was not necessarily of the tree-hugging persuasion. He was more concerned with creating a money- and time-saving paragon of efficiency. To that end, he kept researching, making use of many sleepless nights to read everything he could find about efficient business practices, and filling notebooks with ideas for ‘doing more with less’.”

Have you taken any steps towards making your business more eco-friendly? If so, have you seen clear economic benefit? 

4 thoughts on “Starting From Scratch In An Effort To Go Green

  1. Adam says on November 19, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I would like to do something like this, not so much for the green aspect of it but more the going of the grid aspect of it. My dream has been for a long time to go up in the mountains and live off of the land again like they did in the old days before electricity and gas and computers that monitor everything you do. Thanks for sharing this post this was great.

  2. Christy says on November 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    This is interesting I have been looking for ways to save energy not simply to save the planet but to save me money as well. This is a great idea and I look forward to seeing what you come up with next. The more green we can go the longer the planet will live and so will we. Keep up the good work and maybe post something about solar power next.

  3. Edward says on November 21, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I know of another business owner who is just as committed to echo friendly facilities. His Maine dealership includes an organic vegetable garden and bicycles, along with loaner cars, available for those who drop their cars off for service. That commitment to green practices continues in North Attleboro, from using pavers instead of blacktop for the area where his fleet of more than 300 cars are stored to sending cardboard boxes back to their suppliers so they can be reused. He said he also likes to invest in his employees, including paying 100 percent of medical and dental benefits for full-timers. His Maine dealership has been open for 10 years – and 14 of his original staff of 20 are still working there today. His dealership has been cited by Automotive News for three years running as one of the 100 Best Dealerships to work for – cracking the top five in 2012.

  4. Christine says on November 23, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I find it interesting how companies ranging from retailing titan Wal-Mart to investment firm Goldman Sachs are jumping on the green bandwagon and pledging to make tangible changes that go beyond the public relations-oriented “greenwashing of years past. In another major shift, some big companies are even asking that they be regulated on greenhouse gas emissions, arguing that it is the only way for them to plan for how to deal with the rising threat of global warming. A coalition of businesses and environmental groups earlier this year formed a partnership called the U.S. Climate Action Partnership aimed at doing just that. Are corporations experiencing a sudden rash of social consciousness? Not exactly. Instead, companies are increasingly realizing that going green could be a new way for companies to save or even make more green, as in money.

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