Green Home Office Basics

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Nov 26, 2010 8:05 AM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

The past year has seen a significant shift in eco awareness and the debate on climate change.  In the world of business and finance, climate change has developed from a sidebar topic to a mainstream conversation.  Accompanying climate change discussions are questions as to how to increase eco awareness in business.  Fortunately, people are waking up to the idea that business sustainability is creating a bright spot of opportunity for businesses.

With 53 percent of small business in the United States operating out of the home, business sustainability is not exclusive to the larger companies.  Collectively, home based small business can drive sustainable change through product/ service offerings as well as integrating sustainability concepts into the foundation of the business.    Following are some areas offered for consideration in our eco friendly training:   Furniture / Building Material used:
  • Opt for furniture made from local, sustainably harvested resources when possible.

  • Select carpet and rugs made of natural fibers or recycled materials.

  • Flooring options include bamboo, recycled/ reclaimed wood, or ceramic tiles made from recycled glass.

  • Decorate your walls with low VOC paints.

Heating/ Cooling/ Lighting:
  • Sign up for sustainable energy sources: renewable energy credits, wind energy, and home solar systems are a few ways that you can use sustainable energy sources in your own home. Most major utilities companies have renewable energy programs; see your company’s website for more information.

  • Use natural lighting as well as compact fluorescent bulbs.

  • Insulate well.

  • Use public transportation or commute by bike.  Other options include teleconferencing and video conferencing.

  • If travel is required, travel with the environment in mind.

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Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".