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Green Office Week In South Africa, takes place annually in April around the date 22 April which is Earth Day. In 2018 the dates are
In South Africa Green Office Week (also known as GOW) takes place in April every year . The week’s aim is to get all of us, at our workplaces, to look or relook at how we can recycle, reduce and reuse more, and save more! Like the annual Mother’s Day, it gets us once a year to remember and show that we care. In green office week’s case it’s to care for mother earth – our planet is under stress and it’s not the politicians and governments alone that are going to save the planet’s resources – it’s you and me doing something, no matter how insignificant it looks, it is critical. Although some organisations are already making clear statements about their green products or services and are to be commended for this, it does not mean that the culture of going green in workplaces is prevalent or pervasive!
The week consists of giving each day a focus theme, highlighting saving, recycling and re-using. A toolkit is provided enabling everyone to participate as it provides guidelines, tips and techniques aligned to the week’s focus.
Organisations, nationwide are encouraged to participate via a multiplatform information campaign which incorporates national media, email
GOW’s vision is threefold. To encourage:
Organisations to start seeing themselves as Eco-friendly Workplaces and develop green office practices and policies Management to implement and maintain sustainable practices into their workplaces; and Workers to take a look at the daily routines and realize the economic z
benefits of reducing energy and resource requirements.
Green Office Week is both about a bottom up as well as top down approach: Leaders should take the
initiative, but if this is not the case, employees themselves can take the initiative to create excitement about a more environmentally friendly office
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