The Green Coworking Guide: Creating an Environmentally Friendly Office

Chahna Baksani
Chahna Baksani
Chahna Baksani is the Social Media Manager as well as a Content Writer at The Address. If you ever happen to visit The Address' Ahmedabad offices, do not miss to stop by and say Hi to her.

As climate change looms at large, the decisions we make today will shape the world we pass on to future generations.

Thankfully, the IPCC report brings hope, revealing that we can slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40-70% by 2050 with the right policies, infrastructure, and technology.

Businesses, significant contributors to emissions, hold immense power to create a greener future. With sustainable workplace practices, savvy businesses can be essential cogs in the wheel of progress towards an eco-friendly business landscape.

Not only will these efforts contribute to protecting the earth, but they can also lead to cost savings in your operations. But for those in the coworking community, take pride in knowing you are already doing your bit.

Coworking space solutions have an immense potential to champion environmental sustainability, owing to their intrinsic nature of sharing and collaboration. At its core, coworking encourages efficient utilization of space, supplies, and resources, reducing unnecessary waste.

However, there are additional measures that you can adopt to advance this concept further, and coworking spaces like ours are already doing so. Join us on Instagram to check how we implement sustainability in action! Follow us now for inspiration and updates on our eco-journey and community engagement, and discover coworking culture at its best!!

The good news is that creating a green coworking space is more achievable than you might imagine. Whether you start with a small step or work through the entire list of recommendations, you’ll experience the gratifying benefits of a sustainable workplace and positively impact the environment.

Eco-Conscious Coworking: How to Bring Sustainability to Your Office Space?

1. Energy Efficiency

LED Lighting: Illuminating Your Space Responsibly

Switching to energy-efficient LED lighting reduces electricity consumption and lowers maintenance costs due to its extended lifespan. LEDs offer a wide range of lighting options, from warm to cool tones, enhancing the ambience of your coworking space while saving energy. Opt for task lighting, not ceiling lights, to reduce waste. Use motion-activated lights for lesser-used areas like meeting rooms and conference halls.

Natural Light: Harnessing the Power of Sunlight

Illuminate your coworking space sustainably with natural light and smart design! Maximize sunlight penetration by positioning workstations and common areas strategically. Skylights, large windows, and light shelves cut artificial lighting needs, reducing your carbon footprint. Sleek surfaces, light flooring, and bright interiors create an eco-friendly and visually appealing workspace.

Energy-Efficient Equipment: Investing in the Future

Investing in energy-efficient technology is a step towards a greener workspace, from computers and printers to kitchen appliances. Upgrade office equipment to Energy Star-rated alternatives, which consume less energy. Opt for a programmable timer power strip, turning off devices when the office closes. Or use occupancy-sensing strips that shut off electronics when the room is empty.

Power Management: Saving Energy, One Click at a Time

Encourage members to practice responsible power management by turning off lights and devices when not in use. Implement power-saving settings on computers and other electronics to minimize energy wastage during idle periods.

2. Sustainable Materials

Eco-Friendly Furniture: Stylish, Responsible Choices

Furnish your coworking space with eco-friendly furniture from sustainable materials like bamboo, reclaimed wood, or recycled plastic. Not only do they reduce the demand for new resources, but they also add a unique and stylish touch to the coworking space. Add green roofs and walls for better insulation, slashing energy needs. Go low VOC with paint and renovations. It emits fewer toxic chemicals, curbing indoor air pollution and enhancing air quality.

Recycled Paper Products: Going Green with Stationery

Promote a paperless environment using recycled paper for essential documents and stationery items. Encourage digital documentation and communication to reduce paper consumption further.

Green Cleaning Products: Keeping the Office Clean and Healthy

Switch to eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning products to maintain a healthy workspace and minimize the environmental impact of cleaning practices.

3. Waste Reduction and Recycling

Recycling Stations: Making Recycling Convenient

Set up easily accessible recycling stations throughout the coworking space, clearly labeled for different recyclable materials. Make recycling a seamless part of daily routines for all members.

Composting: Turning Waste into Fertile Soil

Introduce a composting program for food waste, diverting organic materials from landfills and creating nutrient-rich compost that can be used for community gardens or local initiatives.

Reducing Single-Use Items: Embracing Reusables

Learn from the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch“. This plastic island, as big as Alaska, shows the harrowing impact of reckless plastic use. Act responsibly to protect our planet. Say goodbye to plastic cups, utensils, and water bottles. Ditch paper cups; provide reusable items like ceramic mugs or steel bottles instead. Incentivize members to bring their own reusable bottles (BYPRB).

E-Waste Recycling: Safely Disposing of Electronics

Every year, we produce a staggering 50 million tons of e-waste, equivalent to discarding 1000 laptops every second. There is a dire need to ensure proper recycling and prevent hazardous materials from ending in landfills. Coworking spaces must create a designated collection point for electronic waste, including old computers, phones, and batteries.

4. Water Conservation

Low-Flow Fixtures: Efficient Water Usage

Minimize water consumption without compromising functionality using water-saving devices like dual flush toilets, low-flow urinals, and automatic faucets. Promote responsible water usage throughout the coworking space.

Leaks and Maintenance: Preventing Water Waste

Regularly inspect plumbing systems for leaks and address them promptly. Proper maintenance can prevent unnecessary water waste and create a more sustainable office space.

5. Transportation and Green Commuting

Accessible Location: Prioritizing Public Transport

Select a coworking space location that is easily accessible by public transportation, encouraging members to reduce their carbon footprint by using greener commuting options.

Biking Facilities: Pedal Your Way to Sustainability

Provide bike racks or a secure bicycle storage area to promote cycling as an eco-friendly and healthy commuting alternative.

Carpooling Incentives: Sharing Rides, Offsetting Emissions

Encourage carpooling among members by offering incentives such as reserved parking spots for those who carpool, contributing to fewer vehicles on the road and reduced emissions.

6. Environmental Education and Engagement

Workshops and Training: Raising Awareness

Host workshops and training sessions for members to raise awareness about the importance of sustainability and provide practical tips for integrating eco-friendly practices into their daily routines.

Green Challenges: Fun Competitions for a Greener Office

Organize friendly competitions within the coworking community to foster a sense of camaraderie while promoting sustainability-focused activities. Inspire them to join weekly waste cleanup walks in the community. Make it fun with a friendly step competition among coworkers.

Transparency and Reporting: Sharing Progress with the Community

Be transparent about the office’s environmental initiatives and progress, sharing sustainability reports with members and stakeholders to showcase the collective impact of their efforts.

7. Green Collaborations

Partnering with Sustainable Brands: Working Together for the Planet

Collaborate with sustainable brands and businesses, building a network of like-minded partners that share the common goal of environmental responsibility.

Local Green Initiatives: Supporting Environmental Projects

Support local environmental initiatives and projects through partnerships or sponsorships, demonstrating the coworking space’s commitment to giving back to the community.

8. Celebrating Eco-Success

Green Certifications and Awards: Recognizing Green Efforts

Pursue green certifications that acknowledge the coworking space’s commitment to sustainability, inspiring others to follow suit. Celebrate your achievements and share them proudly with your coworking community.

Member Spotlights: Highlighting Sustainability Champions

Recognize and celebrate individual members who actively contribute to the coworking space’s sustainability efforts. Highlight their eco-friendly initiatives and inspire others to join the movement.

Take Action 

In conclusion, implementing sustainable practices in coworking spaces offers numerous benefits, including attracting eco-conscious members, reducing costs, and improving overall well-being. By taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint, coworking spaces can play a vital role in promoting a sustainable future.

The Address, a premium coworking space, invites you to embrace the difference firsthand. From our eco-friendly initiatives to thoughtfully designed workspaces, we have created an environment where sustainability thrives.

Say farewell to conventional offices and embrace a greener, more fulfilling way of working. Join The Address, and become part of a community that believes in making a positive impact. Your journey towards a sustainable workspace begins here. Chat with us and schedule a visit today!