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Sustainability in the workplace has become an essential part of doing business and is no longer just an optional extra. Adopting “green” office practices can yield higher profits and more engaged employees all while reducing your impact on the planet. At Cox, we’re proud to have diverted 253,000 cumulative tons of waste and more than 295 million gallons of water since 2013. We are also proud to have achieved zero waste to landfill status at seven of our facilities through our sustainability efforts.

1. Ask questions. What is your company’s current impact on the environment? What sustainability efforts are your industry peers undertaking? Answering these questions will help guide where you should focus your efforts.

2. Set reachable goals. Set short- and long-term goals to keep your company on track and provide a measurable target. We have set a goal to send zero waste to landfills at all of our facilities by 2024, as well as to be carbon and water neutral by 2034.

3. Implement a program. Whether partnering with a waste management company or eliminating plastic at the office, consider creating a companywide program to set the standard.

4. Spread the word. Notify your employees and customers about the actions you’re taking to preserve the environment and encourage them to do the same.

5. Encourage participation. There are many ways to encourage your employees to “think green.” Cox engages and incentivizes employees by recognizing sustainable ideas at work through the Cox Conserves Chairman’s Cup, which collects, rewards and implements sustainable practices across the company. Additionally, outside of Cox, we also sponsor Cox Conserves Heroes, which recognizes the impactful works of individuals in our community.

6. Save energy. Install motion sensors to office lights and encourage employees to power down equipment at the end of the day. Solar panels are also a great option when possible – many businesses with covered parking install solar panels overhead.

7. Go digital. Save paper by using electronic file sharing and have staff members bring laptops or tablets into meetings to view documents instead of handing out printed versions.

8. Reduce waste. Consider ditching your paper coffee cups and stocking the break rooms with ceramic dishware and reusable mugs.

9. Add plants. Cleanse your office air with potted plants such as bamboo palms, peace lilies and gerbera daisies, which offer both beauty and air purification.

10. Offer telecommuting. Consider allowing your employees to work from home when appropriate to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, oil consumption and workplace waste.

Stephanie Healy is the Director of Public Affairs for Cox Communications in Southern Arizona and sits on the Cox Conserves employee advisory team, which undertakes a variety of sustainability projects nationwide. To learn more about Cox Conserves projects, visit coxconserves.com