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Green Facts

  • Recycle Bin with Recycle LogoOne office worker can use a quarter ton of materials in a year--which includes 10,000 pieces of copier paper.

  • Heating, cooling and powering office space are responsible for almost 40% of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. and gobble more than 70% of total electricity usage.

  • Commuters spew 1.3 billion tons of CO2 a year.

  • Computers in the office burn $1 billion worth of electricity annually--and that's when they're not producing a lick of work.

  • Installing automatic shutoffs for lighting (which scarfs up 44% of the electricity used in office buildings.

  • Setting computers to power down automatically after 15 minutes of idle time, cutting the machine's energy use 70%.

  • Switching from old toilets that use up to 8 gal. per flush to new ones that use a maximum of 1.6 gal. Toilet flushing is the single biggest water hog in office buildings nationwide, using up to 4.8 billion gal. per day.

  • Congestion created by people getting to and from work costs U.S. employers 3.7 billion hours of lost productivity a year, which adds up to $63.1 billion in wasted time and fuel every year.

  • A typical office disposes of about 350 pounds of wastepaper per employee per year.

  • Once: the number of times that most of the more than 25 billion cartons manufactured in the U.S. are used.

  • 55 percent: the amount of water saved by producing recycled paper as compared to virgin paper. Recycled paper also takes 60-70 percent less energy to produce than paper from virgin pulp.

  • 120: the number of tons of steel saved if every UK office worker used one less staple a day.

  • 8 billion: the number of gallons of gas saved if every commuter car in the U.S. carried just one more person.