Turning Your Dallas Business Green

There’s no way to have missed the news that Dallas has gone green if you live there; a Dallas mayor (Mayor Laura Miller) helped form the Texas Clean Air Cities Coalition in the summer of 2006.  April 9th, 2008, the Dallas City Council passed a comprehensive green building standard for all new construction.  What about previous construction?Tips For Dallas Business OwnersIf you want your business to be a part of turning Dallas green, these tips can help achieve that goal without putting a big hole in your bottom line:•    Offer incentives for employees to join the Try Parking It Program.  Incentives don’t have to be in money; for example, offering an extra fifteen-minute break to the employee with the highest number of miles saved per month can produce results as well as cash.•    Start the ball rolling – trade in your gas-guzzler for a hybrid vehicle.  Contrary to popular belief, not all hybrids are expensive, small or have to be plugged in.  Shop around!•    Buy recycled paper instead of conventional paper.  The prices are around the same and recycled paper comes in many sizes, colors and weights.•    Go digital!  With the amount of external hard drives, flash drives and many other types/sizes of data storage, it’s amazing that so many businesses are still paper driven.  When at all possible, store your data on a drive instead of in a folder.  Not only will you be helping the environment, you’ll also be helping your bottom line.•    Replace your lights with Energy Star rated light bulbs and fixtures; install timers or motion sensors to shut off any lights that aren’t needed.”Going green” is more than just a phrase; it’s a state of mind.  Join the state of Texas and the Green City of Dallas in helping the environment – paint your business green!

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