Businesses should consider the importance of environmental office solutions not just because of the positive impact on their own workspace, but because of the more far-reaching effects and benefits. In a recent article for, Dr. Don McLean outlined multiple advantages of using green products in buildings, including flexible design, lower maintenance and improved productivity for employees.

Fortunately for companies large and small, there are many initiatives and standards designed to promote smaller carbon footprints and mindful business practices. These include not just LEED, which this blog has mentioned many times, but also Architecture 2030, a program McLean discusses that features a special focus on building products. This last program aims to reduce carbon-equivalent footprints by 15 percent within the next 15 years, as part of a larger attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

McLean also references the growing interest in “net zero” design. This construction philosophy could apply to workspaces as well as homes.

“Net-zero buildings produce their own power, so therefore consume zero energy from the grid and produce zero carbon emissions,” he writes. “Although still rare the fact that this movement is gaining momentum is very encouraging and gives us a much more optimistic outlook to a greener future.”

Combining different green-friendly tactics into a single strategy can make a business more confident about their overall impact, and it can all begin with a collaboration with a quality office furniture provider that has existing connections for reused materials. Choosing the best products for use in the interior can match the care put into the building’s infrastructure as well.