Environmental Policy

Every day in every Integro office decisions are made that have a substantial effect on the state of our environment.

  1. Should I put that old report in recycling or in general waste?
  2. Should I shut down my computer while I’m at this afternoon’s two-hour meeting?
  3. Is it up to me to report that dripping tap?
  4. Should I turn out the lights as I leave the meeting room?
  5. Do I need a hard copy of this document?

These might seem like very small matters, but multiplied by the entirety of our employee base, these small factors lead to the creation of a very large environmental footprint. Reducing our impact on the environment is one of today’s major social priorities and Integro takes it very seriously. There are many things that you can do to green your space and make a difference. By taking a close look at your office procedures, identifying possible improvements and implementing and communicating changes, you and your co-workers can significantly reduce your office’s impact on the environment.

The keys to efficient resource use are the 3 Rs of waste management:

  1. Reduce: Wherever possible, it is best to reduce materials, energy and water consumption.
  2. Reuse: If a product or material still has value in its existing form, every effort should be made to reuse it.
  3. Recycle: Recycle only materials that cannot be reused in their existing form.

Never put in general waste anything that can be recycled. A Green Office incorporates design, construction and operational practices that significantly reduces or eliminates negative impacts on the environment and its occupants. The green office is an opportunity to use resources efficiently while creating healthier environments forpeople to work in. The following list outlines the procedures Integro encourages every employee to follow in our company’s effort to operate as environmentally efficient as possible:

  • Turn off your computers and monitors overnight and on weekends.
  • Buy and activate the “Energy Star” energy saving functions available on most computers and other office equipment. They are up to 52% more efficient.
  • Turn off lights when not in use.
  • Use motion detecting switches in less used areas.
  • Open windows instead of using air conditioning where possible.
  • Turn off your climate control when not needed.
  • Do not buy bottled water. Use a water filter if needed.
  • Give preference to locally manufactured supplies.
  • Install desk side recycling.
  • Use email instead of USPS mail.
  • Store electronic reports rather than paper reports.
  • Avoid using FAX cover sheets.
  • Use the double sided feature of your printer.
  • Reuse paper for note pads.
  • Buy only recycled paper.
  • Replace light bulbs with lower wattage or compact fluorescents.
  • Get flat screen monitors for your computers. They are more efficient.
  • Maximize the use of natural light in your space by placing private offices in the interior areas for the space.
  • Insist on biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning supplies.
  • Buy re-manufactured or refillable toner cartridges for printers and photocopiers.
  • Printing Services Selection: before purchasing printing services from a provider, make sure that the materials and practices they use are sustainable. The Solid Waste Management Controlling Board has compiled the following list of recommended requirements for printers:
    • Vegetable-based and recycled (filtered) inks; avoid inks containing heavy metals Recycled-content (30% minimum content) and tree-free blend papers; PCF – process chlorine-free is the best environmental choice
    • Alcohol-free printing processes
    • Solvents free of toluene and methylene chloride
    • Paper recycling and reuse programs
    • Workplace safety and accident reduction programs
  • Whenever possible use public transportation to and from work.
  • If possible utilize formalized safe car pools.
  • Whenever possible opt for conference call and video teleconferencing rather than air travel.