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Good habits can be hard to start but when they become routine, the benefits will roll in. Consider forming a Green Team to keep tabs on the progress your office will make on being good stewards. Not only will being sustainable help the environment, it will also help you save money.

 Reduce Waste:

  • Avoid buying disposable water bottles. Instead purchase a reusable cup or mug that you can refill with tap water. Consider buying pitcher with a water filter if you do not enjoy the taste of your building's tap water.
  • Select items with minimal packaging, refill systems and bulk items.Use office products that have longer life spans, like paper clips instead of staples. Avoid using disposable serving ware. It is estimated that 40 billion plastic utensils are used every year in just the United States and you cannot recycle plastic cutlery.
  • Create a place for reusable utensils, cups and plates and have a sponge and a towel handy to wash them on the spot. This will encourage others to bring reusable instead of disposable wares.
  • Report water leaks when you find them. Make a work request by visiting the Facilities Management Customer Portal.


  • Paper can be necessary in some cases, but learning better practices will help cut down on usage and cost.
  • Don’t print documents unless necessary. Email what you can, and if possible use an online signature when applicable.
  • Design documents, handouts and memos to minimize paper use.
  • Purchase recycled content paper for the office. It saves money and trees.
  • Double-side your print and copy jobs. If printing out a PowerPoint, have multiple slides per page. Make sure others know how to print and copy double-sided.
  • Print in black and white and refill your ink cartridges as many times as possible before recycling them.  
  • Save printed paper for scratch paper and recycle paper you cannot re-use.
  • All printed papers can be recycled together. It is no longer necessary to separate white paper from other types.
  • Utilize University Imaging to convert documents to electronic files, saving office space. 


  • One of the most important things to think about before you throw something away is can it be recycled? Here you can find information on how to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and other miscellaneous items at OSU-Stillwater.


  • Basic advice: turn it off when not in use.
  • Make sure to turn off office lights when not in use. If you can, use natural light instead of electrical lighting.
  • Use energy-saving lighting like compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs).
  • Use "sleep-mode" so your computer automatically uses less energy when you leave your desk, even if it is just for a short time. Screensavers do not save energy.
  • Look for energy consumption when making new computer purchases.
  • Turn off your computer when you leave for lunch and at the end of the day. Turn off non-networked printers and all peripherals too. Ask IT if turning off networked printers in your office overnight is an option.
  • Unplug all chargers when not in use. Though they are not charging anything, they still consume "ghost" or "phantom" energy.
  • Find more energy conservation tips in the OSU Energy Guidelines.
  • Remember to report energy waste to your building Energy Manager (each building has one) or email:
  • Too cold in your office? Too stuffy? Please report temperature comfort complaints via Faciities Management customer portal
  • MAKE IT EASY: Use a power strip to plug in all electronics and turn everything off at the same time!