Tips to green up your practice for Earth Day

It's easy being green. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Apr 16, 2012
By staff

There are many ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into veterinary clinics. Earth Day is just around the corner, so consider implementing some of these tips from the AVMA to help make your veterinary practice more green.

  • Appoint one of your staff members as a "green representative" to oversee your efforts and encourage others to use greener practices.
  • Make sure your staff knows proper disposal means for all items within the practice.
  • Get the team involved to encourage excitement about your recycling program.
  • Become familiar with waste disposal and recycling options in your area.
  • Ask your staff to print only when necessary and print double-sided to save paper.
  • Use recycled office products including paper products, glass, and aluminum.
  • Install waste stations that include separate compartments for trash, recyclables, and even compost material (as allowed by local law).
  • Request that your suppliers minimize packaging materials whenever possible.
  • Enhance the control and understanding of your inventory flow and supply. Reduce the amount of waste generated from extra packaging for small or single-item shipments, and organize to avoid products expiring before they can be used.
  • Replace light bulbs with more efficient bulbs that use less energy to emit comparable lighting.
  • Install timers or motion sensors in security lighting systems. Install motion sensors in lower-traffic areas.
  • When it's time to replace old appliances and equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, and computers, purchase replacements that are ENERGY STAR certified.
  • Turn computers, or at least the monitors, off overnight or when not in use.
  • Insulate and tint glass windows to minimize heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer.
  • Keep infrequently used electrical devices unplugged until needed.
  • Landscape with drought-resistant, non-toxic plants.
  • Install low-flow water fixtures for faucets and showerheads as well as low-flow or dual-flush toilets where practical.
  • Install a water filter or use a filtered pitcher for drinking water instead of using bottled water.