Seminar on integrating 3Rs in daily office operation offered insights about workplace green practices

The second training seminar of the Green PolyU Awards – Green Office programme was successfully held on 20 September 2016. With the topic “Waste Management and Green Procurement – How to integrate 3Rs in your daily office operation”, the seminar offered all audience practical tips and useful references on what should be done to go green at the office.

Second training seminar of the Green PolyU Awards Some people might not be aware of or do not know how to factor sustainability into their daily operations. In fact, our actions can jointly help to relieve environmental stress and reduce negative environmental impact. Dr William Yu, Chief Executive Officer of World Green Organisation, made a lot of suggestions based on reference cases and findings and argued that it is time to change our mentality and behavior now. For instance, attention should be drawn to switching off all stand-by power, lights and PC monitors during lunch and after work which in the long run will help save energy and cost effectively. Staff members are encouraged to make a final check and ensure that all air conditioners and electrical appliances are turned off before leaving the office. Whenever applicable, lighting and air conditioning zoning are best to be incorporated in office settings to enable better control of energy use for different zones. Energy-efficient devices such as thermostats for air conditioners and motion sensors for lighting control are preferable options for installing into any office workplace. Procure appropriate energy-saving appliances and lighting can also help much. Cutting down the use of paper, stop buying bottled drinks and paper drinking cups are essential to the running of an office.

Dr William Yu, Chief Executive Officer of World Green OrganisationWe know well about reducing consumption and engaging in more reusing and recycling. But we may not be knowledgeable about how to take recycling to the next level. As suggested by Dr Yu, people may have good intentions in recycling but they tend to forget about the essence of it – clean recycling. Rinsing out plastic bottles and removing the lids, bottle caps, the labels and possibly the rings left around the neck of the plastic bottles for safety seals before dropping them into recycling bins may bring a little inconvenience, but it’s worth it.  Tying up newspapers and pressing aluminum cans before leaving them to recycling bins can also help much.

We all have our personal responsibility for the environment, and we can all take a few steps further and do the right thing at work. It is not only about conserving resources, reducing waste and saving money. It is our individual contribution to a collaborative movement which could possibly lead to a major environmental breakthrough.