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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 10 IDEA: Create a Greener and Safer Workplace

Creating a greener, safer workplace can improve health and morale while boosting your bottom line. It makes sense because the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that every year indoor air pollution costs U.S. businesses more than $1 billion in medical bills and $60 billion in lost productivity.

Here are some great ideas to implement without spending a lot of time or money:

  • Design/landscaping:
    • If you are building a new office, make sure your architect orients the building to take advantage of natural light to reduce lighting bills. Design a building that cuts down on unnecessary heating or cooling expenditures.
    • Landscape with native plants that require less water and suit your climate. ...

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