It’s Earth Day, La Crosse, and that means it’s time to think about how we could all be more sustainable in our everyday lives. But what about our workplaces? Can we make our jobs more sustainable, too?

The answer is yes! There are many things we can do to make our workplaces more environmentally friendly. Here are a few ideas:

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle. This is the classic mantra of sustainability, and it applies just as well in the workplace. Make sure you’re only printing what you need, and recycle all your paper, plastic, and metal waste or use reusable items instead of disposable ones. 
  • Conserve energy. Turn off lights when you leave a room, and unplug electronics when you’re not using them. You can also install energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances.
  • Compost your food waste. This is a great way to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills. Many cities now have composting programs, or you can start your own composting bin at work.
  • Have clearly labeled recycling and compost bins.
  • If you live close, try walking or biking to work instead of driving – weather permitting of course. This is a great way to get some exercise and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Support sustainable businesses. When you’re buying office supplies or food for the break room, choose products from companies that are committed to sustainability.
  • Establish environmental programs and initiatives that employees can participate in. These can include tree planting, recycling drives, and energy audits. Consider joining or sponsoring these programs to make a difference in your workplace and community.

Making your workplace more sustainable is not only good for the environment, but it’s also good for your business, too. Studies have shown that companies that are environmentally friendly are more productive and attract better employees. Additionally, many consumers now opt to work with businesses that are dedicated to socially and morally responsible practices in their local communities. So what are you waiting for? Start making your workplace more sustainable today!

Here are some specific examples of how local businesses in La Crosse, WI are prioritizing sustainability at work:

  • The La Crosse Distilling Co., located in downtown La Crosse, is a geothermal-powered distillery proudly sourced by area farms.
  • The People’s Food Coop, located on Fifth Avenue S in La Crosse, focuses on sustainability in their Ends Statement which includes “educate, expand, empower and engage a community centered on food, health, and sustainability.” 
  • Gundersen Health System has been developing energy initiatives for 15 years now. From becoming the largest private owner of solar panels in Wisconsin to burning biomass and just taking the time to turn lights off in the hospital when not in use, Gundersen is looking to improve the overall health and well-being of La Crosse and its surrounding communities.

Making your workplace more sustainable is a great way to reduce your environmental impact and make a positive difference in the world, even by starting at your job. After all, sustainability happens one step at a time, no matter how small. By following these tips, you can inspire your colleagues to do the same and help create a more sustainable future for you and your community. And if you’re looking for a career in La Crosse, check out our local job postings. Happy Earth Day!

Hands together hold a seedling in a pile of dirt representing the need for sustainability in the workplace for Earth Day 2023