Field Journal: Sustainability on Site

Windmills in field
As seen in the Tried & True Spring 2024 issue

In today’s world, going green isn’t just for the tree-huggers. It’s smart, it’s necessary and it’s something we can all get behind. Whether you’re on a construction site, in a workshop or running a warehouse, there are straightforward ways to make your worksite tougher on waste and kinder to the planet. Here’s how to roll up your sleeves and get it done:

1. Cut the Waste, Recycle the Rest

Look at the trash you’re tossing. Chances are, a lot of it can be recycled. Set up bins for paper, plastics and metals. If there’s food waste, think about composting. It’s about being smart with what you throw away.

2. Power Down to Power Up

Energy’s not cheap, and wasting it is like throwing cash in the trash. Switch to LED lights—they last longer and eat up less power. Remember to shut off lights and gear when they’re not in use. A smart thermostat can cut down heating and cooling costs big time.

3. Choose Tough, Eco-Friendly Gear

When buying materials, think recycled or sustainable. This could mean anything from the paper in the office to the supplies on the site. Ditch single-use plastics for gear that can take a beating and be used again.

4. Save Water, Save Cash

Water’s a resource we can’t afford to waste. Fit in low-flow faucets and toilets. Got a green patch to maintain? Go for plants that don’t guzzle water and set up efficient watering systems or rain barrels.

5. Smart Commutes, Less Pollution

Encourage rideshares, public transport or biking to work. Less cars mean less pollution, and it can save everyone some dough on gas. If your site uses vehicles, look into electric or hybrid options—they’re tough and cost-effective in the long run.

6. School Your Crew

Getting your team on board is key. Hold a quick workshop or a toolbox talk about why this green stuff matters. Maybe even set up a team to lead the charge on eco-friendly practices. Integrate some motivating incentives to get everyone on board.

7. Run a Tight, Green Ship

Everyday habits make a big difference. Use less paper, let natural light do its job and keep your equipment in tip-top shape for efficiency. On construction sites, manage your layout to disturb less ground and control dust.

8. Brag About Your Green Moves

Don’t be shy—tell your customers and community about the green changes you’re making. It shows you’re serious about doing your bit.

To wrap it up, making your worksite more eco-friendly is about being smart, saving money and doing right by the planet. It’s not about doing everything at once—start where you can and keep building on it. Every little bit counts, and it adds up to something big for our future.