The Smart Office Toolkit has been designed to assist you in your journey towards a greener office, step-by-step. It has been developed in support of the Smart Living Handbook, which provides additional background information and relates specifically to the home environment.
Going ‘green’ is no longer a trend; it is the responsibility of every business, big or small. We cannot undo the damage already done over time, but we can certainly change the way we do things in the future. Every action we take; every piece of equipment we use; every meeting we have; all the paper that we use and throw away has an impact on the environment.
Until recently, most organisations had not thought of the true environmental impact of their business, but global pressure and government regulations are now requiring businesses to re-look at how they run their operations.
This toolkit will help you to:
- Identify what you can do at the office;
- Develop a process for implementing a sustainability strategy at the office;
- Learn tips for practical things you can do around the office;
- Plan a successful and cost-effective approach to addressing environmental issues in the workplace;
- Compile an environmental policy and strategy that is relevant to your business and of interest to your clients and stakeholders; and
Explore further options for implementing sustainability through brief
introductions to eco-procurement, green building and eco-driving.
Full digital version of Smart Office Handbook - A guide to greening your office (on-screen view to accompany the toolkit) [PDF 3.6 MB]
Individual sections to download:
Smart office A3 poster
- 8 green 'reminders' for the officeSmart office sustainability quiz
- what's your footprint rating?
Resources referred to in the Smart Office Handbook:
Step 2: Do an eco-audit at the office
(p.28 in full handbook)
Scoping audit (snapshot audit)
Audit guidelines (comprehensive audit)
Energy audit sheet Energy cheat sheet
Waste audit sheet Waste cheat sheet
Water audit sheet Water cheat sheet
Biodiversity audit sheet
>> Click here for extra online reference material on eco-audits and their themes.
Step 3: Develop an action plan and environmental policy
(p.30 & 33 in full handbook)
How to write an environmental policy
How to write an action plan
Example of action plan 1 Excel version Example of action plan 2
>> Click here
online reference material on developing action and management plans.
Step 4: Implement your action plan
(p.34 in full handbook)
Energy presentation [PPTX 6.3 MB]
Waste presentation [PPTX 6.5 MB]
Water presentation [PPTX 4 MB]
Biodiversity presentation [PPTX 6.7 MB]
Stickers and posters
Reminder stickers: Energy
Reminder stickers: Waste
Reminder sticker: Compost
Reminder stickers: Water
Reminder stickers: Biodiversity
Bin sticker: Recycling (lids)
Bin sticker: Recycling (sides)
Poster: Save paper
Poster: FLOW water
Poster: Smart living
Poster: Top 10 items found after world beach clean-up ICC 2012 (Ocean Conservancy)
Poster: Weird finds after world beach clean-up ICC 2012 (Ocean Conservancy)
Step 5: Monitor your progress and report on results
(p.36 in full handbook)
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI
) sustainability reporting guidelines
>> Click here
online reference material on sustainable development in the business.
(p.75 in full handbook)
Information and Guideline Document on the Implementation of Green Procurement in the City of Cape Town
>> Click here
online reference material on green procurement, eco-driving, green building and event greening.
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