Insofar as utilization of resources is concerned, Mother Nature has indeed taken a beating in the last several years. As the world population grows, so has the rate by which man has depleted Earth’s natural resources. Unfortunately, some of these resources are non-renewable.
Fossil fuels, for example, are extracted and consumed at a faster rate than nature creates them. Other examples are coal and natural gas, which are all sources of energy. Water is also another resource that is becoming increasingly scarce. Trees, even if they are considered renewable resources, are targeted for conservation because of the far-reaching negative impacts of their depletion. If humans keep going at the present rate of consumption, then the world is looking at a future where there would be very little or no energy sources, not to mention an environment unsuitable for habitation. For this reason, it is crucial for everyone to join in the collective effort to employ sustainable practices to conserve natural resources and to preserve the environment.
When it comes to excessive consumption of resources and impacting the environment, businesses can be pinpointed as the major culprits. Industries extract oil by the millions of gallons; and mine metal and grow crops by the tons. They also generate waste in the proportionate amount. For this reason, they should be at the forefront of the green movement.
A business can greatly reduce its energy consumption by making a few changes in its policies and practices. It can invest in more energy efficient lighting in all its offices, install solar panels, properly maintain equipment and put in tinted windows. Further, management can organize car pooling among its employees, reducing gasoline consumption. These will result in cost savings for the business and its employees while conserving energy.
Reducing the volume of waste can be one area where a business can help the environment. It can formulate policies requiring workers to recycle paper and other office supplies. For hotels and restaurants, they can implement composting of food waste or arrange to have it brought to a local composting facility. If a business is looking to expand, it can opt to use readily available office trailers instead of constructing a new one. One can easily find these used office trailers for sale in sites like http://www.usamobileoffices.com/used-mobile-offices.php. Another mobile office vendor is USA Mobile Offices, at http://www.usamobileoffices.com. Purchasing a mobile office is definitely the more eco-friendly option for a business because apart from saving the trees that would otherwise be used for construction, there will also be no construction waste generated. As a plus point, it is also less expensive.
It is said that on average, a business uses up almost five hundred thousand cubic meter of water every year. Considering how depleted the aquifers are, water conservation practices should be in order. Low-flow faucets can be installed in restrooms and kitchen. Rain catchment facilities can be built on top of buildings and the water can be used for flushing in lavatories or watering the garden.
If we are to look forward to a future where there will still be usable resources and a habitable place to live in, then everyone, including businesses, must do their part in conserving resources and preserving the environment today.