How green is your cubicle? Taking public transportation to the office is only the first step in leading an eco-conscious work life. "True Green@Work: 100 Ways...

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How green is your cubicle?

Taking public transportation to the office is only the first step in leading an eco-conscious work life.

“True Green@Work: 100 Ways You Can Make the Environment Your Business,” by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin (National Geographic, $19.95), offers many other tips, whatever your corporate culture.

Here are five of our favorite ideas from the book:

• Use your own mug for coffee, instead of adding to the 1.9 million tons of disposable cups tossed in the trash each year.

• Persuade your boss to relax the rules on business attire. It saves cleaning costs (plus energy). Lighter-weight clothes also permit the office thermostat to be set higher in warm weather.

• Ask building managers to turn off lights at night or install motion-activated sensors. Lighting accounts for 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings.

• Start a collection of old cellphones with your colleagues. Organizations such as ReCellular.com will refurbish, reuse and recycle retired handsets.

• Keep an indoor plant at your workstation. Plants act as natural air filters and can absorb some airborne pollutants.