Let's be honest: If you run a business, reducing your carbon footprint might not be your top priority. But going green can actually save money for you and your business — and improve your workplace culture in the meantime.
For example, one report from 2012 found that hospitals that reduce energy consumption and waste produced could save $15 billion over a decade.
Another study that year, by UCLA and the University of Paris-Dauphine, found that employees at eco-friendly companies are 16 percent more productive than average. The authors wrote that these workers were more motivated, better trained and formed more interpersonal relationships, which in turn increased efficiency.
Helping your company become more environmentally conscious can be a lot easier than you might think: A move as simple as installing solar panels can cut your taxes by nearly a third of the installation cost — and could cut your energy bills in half.
From conserving water to tax incentives, here are seven ways to a greener and more profitable business.