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How to be a Green Business on Earth Day and Every Day

How to be a Green Business on Earth Day and Every Day

By sfield, Contributor
Published: April 22, 2015 Updated: April 22, 2015

Today is Earth Day! Dating back to 1970, Earth Day is only observed for one day in April, but your small business can act socially and environmentally responsible every day. Here are some simple, yet, environmentally-friendly tips and measurable ideas that can be used year-round.

Energy Use

  • Establish how much energy your small business utilizes and aim to reduce that figure.
  • Turn off your computer or use the stand-by/hibernate mode when not in use.
  • Don’t forget to turn off the lights!

Go Green with Technology

  • Instead of printing hard copies of documents, save them to your workplace’s online storage system, cloud or a USB drive.
  • If you have to print a hard-copy, save paper and ink by adjusting your printer settings to print the “fast draft” on double-sided pages.
  • Reduce your paper clutter and pay your bills electronically or via e-bill programs.
  • Rather than purchasing new ones or disposing of old ones, erase and reformat computer your USB drives or discs.

Eco-Friendly Office Supplies and Equipment

  • Purchase ENERGY STAR products.
  • Consider purchasing laptops instead of traditional desktop computers—laptops use considerably less energy.
  • Try using rechargeable batteries as the disposable types are expensive to recycle.
  • Instead of staples, try using a paperclip.
  • Use recycled paper and don’t forget to recycle old documents.
  • Reuse paper envelopes and file folders by sticking a new label over the old one.
  • Donate or recycle your old electronics.


  • To prevent wasted fuel, reduce air pollution, and decrease traffic in your community, try taking public transportation to work. If you do drive, consider carpooling with a colleague.

The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) not only adheres to green business practices, but also offers many resources that can help small businesses “go green.”  Let’s make Earth Day every day!

Other Resources

  • SBA’s Green Business Guide provides links to a variety of resources for those in the business community who wish to make their businesses more sustainable and/or who are looking to take advantage of government programs benefitting environmentally conscious businesses.
  • SBA’s Guide to Energy Efficiency for small businesses provides links to resources that businesses can utilize to become energy efficient.
  • The Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program (SBIR/STTR) is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, including awards focused on environmental and energy technologies, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.
  • The E3: Economy, Energy, Environment program is an interagency partnership within a specific community that conducts customized technical assessments and offers practical, sustainable approaches that manufacturers can incorporate into their operations. These assessments aim to reduce energy consumption, minimize carbon footprints, prevent pollution, increase productivity, and drive innovation throughout each facility.
  • is a partnership between SBA and Agility Recovery Solutions who are working together to encourage all small businesses to have a disaster recovery plan in place.


About the Author:

Sarah Field


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