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Green Team

Make your employees part of the solution by tapping them for environmentally friendly ideas.

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This story appears in the April 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When payroll and HR solutions provider Paylocity moved into a new building last June, employees were surrounded by a lot of green--green features, that is. The carpets and workstations at Paylocity's new Arlington Heights, Illinois, location are made of recycled materials, and energy-efficient lighting and point-of-source water heaters cut energy usage. The company has also moved toward paperless payroll for its clients. Still, founder Steve Sarowitz felt the 10-year-old company could do even more to reduce its environmental impact. Just before the move, he e-mailed Paylocity's 180 employees about forming a "green team" to explore how the company could further its green mission. Soon, a 14-employee team was brainstorming a long list of initiatives, such as expanding Paylocity's program, switching to biodegradable products and giving employees ceramic coffee mugs instead of paper cups. Paylocity's green team also calculated the cost savings of the steps already being taken, such as telecommuting. "We want our own internal environmental conscience asking us, 'Is there a better way to be a good corporate citizen?'" says Sarowitz, 42.

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