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These days, the term "Going Green" is no longer a new concept, but technology continues to improve upon this theme with new, innovative products and scientific findings. The following are a few ways businesses can lower overhead and improve both indoor and outdoor environments in their offices.
Regardless of the size of the building, when people walk into a business with growing plants, water ponds and nature sounds, the change in their heart rate and stress level lowers. The plants filter the air; the trickling water relieves stress, and the sounds make the room feel like the great outdoors. Even break rooms and food courts benefit from this environment, helping workers relax from otherwise taxing jobs.
Some companies, such as the UK-based Innocent Drinks, realize that being natural, responsible, and generous is part of running a successful business. Innocent even has a gym in the office, which helps their employees stay healthy and focused. They also offer natural, nutritious foods for employees on-site. Promoting the health and morale of the employees naturally improves their disposition and how they deal with customers and the general public. It also improves job concentration, resulting in fewer errors in performance.
In the last few years, helped by policy changes towards the end of the 20th century, business owners and the general public are more mindful of the impact they have on the environment. Earning a Masters in public administration is one way some individuals have started a career in the area of public policy and sustainability. Some of the exciting career choices for MPAs include departments of health and human services, government, public management, foreign and state affairs, and other public or nonprofit organizations.
In many cases, businesses have been able to augment and change their policies to include more Earth-friendly practices and actually save money on overhead costs. Businesses which were formerly reliant on the petrochemical industry have been able to implement policies that distance themselves from destructive practices. One such company, Interface Global, was able to save money and remain a leading manufacturer of carpet tiles. By changing their company practices, they were able to refocus on sustainability without sacrificing business goals.
Among other innovations, LED lighting in homes, buildings and even automobile headlamps, offer impressive savings. LED lights are more reliable and less expensive than traditional bulbs, due to their longer lifespan.
Solar Power also regularly makes headlines with new applications that include a paint used on the outside of buildings and cars. Recently, the photovoltaic cells used in solar panels have been adapted to glass, creating windows that power the buildings in which they are installed. This is another emerging technology just getting off the ground and gaining speed, but will surely become more adaptable and applicable in the near future.
With continued improvements in electrical storage devices for Solar Power and organizations demanding clear air and water, the future looks bright for emerging professionals who understand the benefits of adopting environmental policies for businesses.