Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire acknowledges its role in promoting a healthy and sustainable environment and its responsibility to play a part in addressing environmental concerns, both for our own sake and that of the planet.

Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire will demonstrate this commitment in the following ways:

LEGAL COMPLIANCE

Comply with all relevant environmental legislation and regulations that affect the organisation.

 

WASTE SOLUTIONS

  • Purchase recycled paper wherever possible
  • Recycle waste paper
  • Recycle printer cartridges
  • Reduce paper consumption by printing double-sided
  • Print only if necessary
  • Encourage sharing of copies of agenda and minutes by people in meetings
  • Using scrap paper for note taking, printing draft copies, etc
  • Reduce junk mail coming to us

 

  • Promote waste solutions by putting a line at the bottom of each staff member’s email saying ‘please don’t print this email unless absolutely necessary
  • Reuse incoming packaging materials such as boxes and envelopes
  • Use glasses and mugs where possible as opposed to disposable alternatives
  • Use sugar dispenser instead of individual sachets of sugar
  • Use bottled coffee instead of individual coffee sachets
  • Share office supplies and have them centralized
  • Maintain a central ordering system with appropriate controls

ENERGY USE

  • Switch off lights when not in use provided this is the cheapest alternative and that access and safety issues are not compromised
  • Turn off photocopier at the end of the day
  • Turn off computers including monitors at the end of the day, or if they willnot be in use for a few hours
  • Monitor building temperature via room thermometers and conduct aformal monitoring review twice each year
  • Use the central heating when necessary to maintain an adequateworking temperature
  • Use natural light as much as possible
  • Use energy efficient lights when possible

TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS

  • Encourage employees to use public transport when travelling to and from work and to visit partners and other organisations where this is practical
  • Encourage cycling and provide bicycle storage when possible
  • Encourage car sharing

PURCHASING AND PROCUREMENT

  • Be aware of the environmental effects of products and the credentials of their suppliers, making a conscious decision to choose those who have sound environmental practices.

WATER CONSERVATION

  • Encourage employees to conserve water by turning off taps when not in use
  • Repair promptly any dripping taps, etc
  • Use dual toilet flush systems where possible

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