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Experiences

With the help of the Green Office programme, the offices make savings every year, while simultaneously combating climate change. On this page you can read about how different organisations have succeeded in this. Make sure to hold onto their practical Green Office tips also!

Reducing ecological pawprints

The Valjakko veterinarian clinic’s environmental values go hand in hand with hygiene. A positive approach to the environment is important to the customers too. Green Office has attracted people to bring their pets for treatment from further afield too.

Read more about how Valjakko has managed to maximise its eco-efficiency

Lilli Pukka / WWF
© Lilli Pukka / WWF

Business based on environmental values

In OP, employee commitment to environmental consciousness is boosted in various ways, most of all through events and campaigns. The environmental friendliness of work commuting and energy conservation are important to this work community.

Read OP's story and learn more about the everyday effects of Green Office

OP Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman

Wellbeing through remote working

Finnish Customs has tens of branches throughout Finland. The increasing popularity of distance meetings has increased job satisfaction, and in the Pasila office the use of massive amounts of paper is avoided by using double-sided printing.

Employees of the Finnish Customs tell how environmental concerns are evident in the State Authority

Alejandro Escamilla
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Remember these hints!

How can environmental values be made part of the everyday office life? Check out the tips that Green Offices have shared. Move from one hint to the next by clicking the arrow.

Tackling private car use David Tadevosian / Shutterstock
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Tackling private car use
“We encourage cycling to and from work and use of public transport by offering employee travel tickets, and by charging a fee for car parking places.” –OP
Reminders of eco-friendly deeds Ray49 / Shutterstock
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Reminders of eco-friendly deeds
“We use stickers and encourage eco-friendly acts with printed reminders on door handles, for example reminding people to turn off the lights when leaving a room, to save water, and to stick to double-sided printing and copying." –Sponda Corporation
Start using an annual cycle Mike Wilson
© Mike Wilson
Start using an annual cycle
“The year clock practices helps to remember what actions are most timely right now." –Finnish Customs
Get outdoors Meri Sorgaard
© Meri Sorgaard
Get outdoors
“Organise a joint trip to a nearby garden or park, and get a nature guide to explain things. A trip increases environmental awareness, and energises the work community.” –Teosto
Recycle appliances Rob Hyrons / Shutterstock
© Rob Hyrons / Shutterstock
Recycle appliances
“Our office has a box where everyone can return small electrical and electronic equipment that’s broken or outdated. The larger devices go to the IT department, where there is always a rolling pallet waiting for them.” –Kuusakoski
Alternating workstations GaudiLab / Shutterstock
© GaudiLab / Shutterstock
Alternating workstations
“Printing is considerably reduced when nobody has a permanent workstation where they can store excess papers.” –Microsoft
District cooling saves energy Sven van der Pluijm
© Sven van der Pluijm
District cooling saves energy
“District cooling has saved a lot of energy, and has replaced old compression refrigeration machines, which consumed a lot of water.” –Yle
Tracking electricity consumption Sebastian Muller
© Sebastian Muller
Tracking electricity consumption
“We have monitored our energy usage separately on each floor, so we can see how the operations affect electricity consumption. Monitoring tables tell about the consumption.” –Lahti Premises Centre
No more personal bins Richard Tilney-Bassett
© Richard Tilney-Bassett
No more personal bins
“Employees don’t have their own bins; instead, each floor has a sorting point. This has helped with sorting.” –OP
From throwaway to recyclable mugs Chris Martin Bahr / WWF-Canon
© Chris Martin Bahr / WWF-Canon
From throwaway to recyclable mugs
“We replaced disposable cups in the office cafeteria with reusable mugs. If employees want a cardboard cup, they pay a small additional fee. This step has significantly cut down on disposable cups.” –Nokia, Espoo headquarters
Goodbye to pointless packaging Irin-K / Shutterstock
© Irin-K / Shutterstock
Goodbye to pointless packaging
“As far as possible, we order equipment without any packaging materials. For example, we ask for all new computers to be delivered without unnecessary packaging materials.” –Statistics Finland
Double-sided printing and reminders to the rescue Ricardo Gomez Angel
© Ricardo Gomez Angel
Double-sided printing and reminders to the rescue
“Paper consumption fell at our office when we made double-sided printing the default option. Staff can be reminded to save paper and energy through the intranet, for instance.” –PwC
Rechargeable batteries Charlie Harutaka
© Charlie Harutaka
Rechargeable batteries
“Rechargeable batteries have reduced unnecessary use of disposable batteries. When batteries run out of power, they can be recharged at the common charging station. There are containers beside the charging station for both empty and fully-charged batteries. When the battery is charged, it’s transferred to the right container for the next user.” –Staples Finland
Video conferences save energy Annie Spratt
© Annie Spratt
Video conferences save energy
“Well-functioning video conferencing connections are essential, since we have operations in ten different locations around Finland. Monthly meetings with the emissions trading task force of the European Union’s Climate Change Committee in Brussels do not always require travel, since the proceedings can be followed online also. The benefit of video conferencing is that it saves time and money, and of course it’s eco-friendly.” –Trafi

The environmental management system brings people together

Although the Green Office only formally applies to the staff of the organisation that has been granted the label, the University of Jyväskylä has considered it important that the environmental management system also affects the everyday lives of students. Joint environmental actions require pooled effort.

Read about how the University of Jyväskylä succeeded in cooperation across boundaries

Jussi Jäppinen, Jyväskylän yliopiston kuva-arkisto
© Jussi Jäppinen, Jyväskylän yliopiston kuva-arkisto

Support of management is vital

Without the support of management, taking environmental concerns into account at PwC would not be as easy as it is. Environmental activities that become more proactive every year are a part of everyday office life at PwC.

Read PwC's story and get inspired by their eco-efficient experiences

Johanna Niemelä
© Johanna Niemelä

Motivation starts from an environmental angle

In Teosto’s office, the Green Office programme has gradually changed the work practices. Although the environmental management system brings cost savings, the real motivation for eco-efficiency comes from the environment.

Read more on Teosto's Green Office experiences

Aino Sirkesalo / WWF
© Aino Sirkesalo / WWF

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