More than ever, businesses are becoming more conscious about their processes and are trying to implement environmentally friendly initiatives to cut down on excess use and waste. However, due to the cost of many of these projects, professionals who are focused on sustainability feel an “unprecedented pressure” to continue such plans, Environmental Leader reported.
A study from Ecova found that after back-to-back years of businesses offering similar goods and services at a more affordable price to remain competitive in current markets, economic growth in 2013 is likely going to create larger price tags for the same materials and products. In fact, this trend is expected to continue rising for a few more years due to legislation from many states that requires companies to become more transparent about their waste, as well as their strategies to decrease the magnitude of such activity.
“Through 2016, significant shifts in regional energy fundamentals will drive new price dynamics that bear close attention,” the study’s authors wrote. “This creates many challenges for companies wanting to control their energy costs.”
For example, Ecova said that water will be a top sustainability initiative because of its potential to increase cost savings, which was cited by 70 percent of the report’s respondents. It is unclear how communities will work on making the most of local water sources, but it is likely that more cities and towns will begin designing a similar purification system that residents in Orange County, California have used since the 1990s.
However, business owners are not obligated to take such a large leap toward becoming more sustainable. There are alternative ways to create an environmentally conscious office without hurting the organization’s budget over and over again. Instead, look into purchasing quality office furniture. These carefully-selected pieces of commercial furniture are intended to last many years, while reinforcing a professional work environment.