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  • Al Chan (@akcnd10) | on 15th Jun 2017
    Depending on directional exposure of office space to sunlight, adapt heating and cooling equipment to exploit passive thermal cycling. To maintain a certain thermal mass inside the office space, aquaria and plants can help moderate temperature and humidity, in addition t ...

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  • Estefania Gamarra (@egamarra) | on 15th Jun 2017
    Corporations have huge parking structures both indoor and outdoor. They could reduce the space for parking to encourage employees to carpool and use this space to plant trees, flowers, and food. Employees should be encouraged to work on the space by counting as work ti ...

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  • Matt Cahill (@mwcahill07) | on 15th Jun 2017
    This idea is implementing some kind of exercise competition that then equating the energy that people used in the competition to the energy required for things like lights, computers, TVs, phone, etc. The goal is to help quantify how much power we really use when we use ...

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  • Matt Cahill (@mwcahill07) | on 15th Jun 2017
    Set your office lights on a timer so that they turn off every night at a certain time - employees can turn them back on, but it makes the standard they go off and conserve energy. Lot's of offices do this but you can do it at home too - smart homes allow you to set your ...

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  • Matt Cahill (@mwcahill07) | on 15th Jun 2017
    Have different companies, or different departments within the same company compete in an energy challenge. There are 3 parts to the challenge: 1) an audit of current energy usage, 2) a time bound competition to reduce energy usage and 3) a ceremony at the end to celebrat ...

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  • Matt Cahill (@mwcahill07) | on 15th Jun 2017
    If you have a beverage bar at your office, your staff will likely be using a lot of disposable cups. It's fairly easy to distribute reusable cups to everyone as a perk/reward to minimize the amount of material you are using. At McDonald's we've even talked about implemen ...

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  • Matt Cahill (@mwcahill07) | on 15th Jun 2017
    Purchase napkins and paper towels from recycled materials - this one is super easy, except when you have 14,000 restaurants. But for most work places it can definitely help with paper consumption.
  • Matt Cahill (@mwcahill07) | on 15th Jun 2017
    Badge printing allows you to print at any printer connected to the network but doesn't begin until you actually scan your badge at the printer; this avoids the jobs that get sent but never picked up and ultimately recycled and thrown away.
  • Mendoza Graduate Alumni Relations (@gradalum) | on 14th Jun 2017
    (Submitted by Caroline Curry '12) Use 1 less hour of air conditioning per day. Turn on at 7am instead of 6am, or turn off at 5pm instead of 6pm.
  • Mendoza Graduate Alumni Relations (@gradalum) | on 14th Jun 2017
    (Submitted by Caroline Curry '12) Give employees a 'shared car' stipend, a stipend to use to get to work that could be used for things like car-sharing, public transportation, bike or car-pooling transit to work
  • Teresa Roberts (@teresa) | on 14th Jun 2017
    Urban gardens are starting everywhere. Even small spaces can yield a lot of produce. Use a rooftop, a courtyard, an area in front or back of a building. You can garden before or after work or on a lunch hour. Produce can be taken by employees, neighbors or donated to a f ...

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  • Mendoza Graduate Alumni Relations (@gradalum) | on 13th Jun 2017
    (Submitted by Professor Stephannie Laroque) Living roofs are quite common in some European cities. For example, here at Mendoza, there are several flat parts to the roof that are covered in rocks (for example, off the second floor facing the southern courtyard). These co ...

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