Businesses have a responsibility to be more environmentally conscious. Not only is doing so good for the planet, but it plays a huge role in how businesses are perceived by their potential customers. If you want to ensure that you start off on the right foot, you should keep these four environmental concerns in mind when you’re building your new business location
There is very little space in the world that’s not inhabited by something living. If you’re building a new location, it’s a good idea to research what you might be displacing when you start construction. Avoiding the habitats of threatened creatures is a good way to make sure that you don’t contribute to the death of a species while helping to preserve your area’s natural biological diversity.
Impact on Water
How is your building going to impact the water quality of your region? It’s vital to ensure that your business won’t cause any kind of harmful run-off, of course, but it’s even more important to make sure that the run-off won’t contaminate the local water supply. Always make sure that you build in a way that will protect local rivers and streams, as well as in ways that minimize the potential for contaminating the water table.
If you work in the industrial sector, your business could contribute to air quality issues. Try to ensure that your business will not be frequently down-wind of places where people live and that any emissions are reduced to their lowest possible points. While this can be pricey, it’s also worthwhile if you want to keep the air in your area clean and breathable.
Plantlife and Soil
It can be harder to judge your business’ impact on things like the soil quality of your region, but that’s why it’s important to work with professionals. A good environmental engineering firm can help you to determine if the materials you use and the waste from your business will have a negative impact on local plants or on the utility of the soil in the area. From there, you can make the necessary changes to protect the area’s biodiversity and growth potential.
Ensuring that you stay eco-friendly means taking a look at everything your new construction can impact. If you start early, though, you can choose a space that’s less problematic and that will be better suited for your business. Though a new location will always have an impact on the environment, careful study will allow you to ensure that the new construction causes a minimal level of harm.
- Meghan Belnap is the author of this post.