Environmentally responsible Redmond office chit-chat

August 29, 2008

It’s a lot easier to live and work green when someone else is doing all the work for you.
The Parnassus Group moved into thinkspace a little over a month ago, and it’s been great for us so far. I commute from Fremont, which is fun, but more importantly it gives you an idea of whether I’m complaining about the new plastic-bag tax (I’m not).
One of the projects that I’ve wanted to try at home but haven’t yet is compost.
You’d be surprised at the number of things you can put into a compost pile. There’s a PDF report, What Goes In A Compost Pile?, that lists things you put in, including:

  • hair
  • coffee grounds
  • eggshells
  • tea leaves

The compost bin as an addition that I’m glad we have at thinkspace. It’s one of the many ways the thinkspace offices make it easy for you to be green without having to worry about it.
Compost is, of course, a step above and beyond the recycling bin. But on average, people spend more time in the office than they do with their families (time awake, I think, is the caveat), so the habits formed at work can have powerful effects on their behavior elsewhere.
The easier it is for people to live green without having to think about it, the more popular it will become. And I think that’s a good thing.
About the author: Jason Preston is a guest blogger and thinkspace resident. To keep up with thinkspace news, subscribe to the RSS feed.