"Green" office is an effective management program which calls for rational use of all resources and adherence to a corporate eco-culture. This project began at the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee in 2009, while in 2012 the office of the Sochi branch was officially certified under the system "Vitality Leaf. Eco-office".
To be awarded this certificate, a company must adhere to nature conservation legislation, save heat energy, ensure its offices have sufficient ventilation and adopt other aspects of environmentally friendly office management. A separate assessment is made of how the quality of the office premises impacts upon the health of the company's employees.
The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee's branch office in Sochi is a shining example of how to meet these criteria. The Organizing Committee's buildings in Sochi were erected on the site of a dismantled airport terminal, which meant that they had no damaging impact on the environment. Hydrogen emissions have been reduced by organizing a special public transport route for employees from Sochi's central region to the workplace. And soon bicycle parking bays will appear alongside the office.
"Green" rules are in place inside the premises too. The plates, bowls and cups used by the Organizing Committee are all re-usable. The napkins, towels and toilet paper are all made from recycled materials. In order to save paper, an electronic document management system was brought in and a personalized stamp for digital passes. And members of staff, where possible, try to use black-and-white, double-sided printing. In addition, only FSC-certified paper may be used (made from raw materials which were produced without any harm being done to the environment), which are then collected in special containers and sent to be recycled each month.
Efforts are also made to save electricity in the office - each room is equipped with ventilation, heating and conditioning, which are regulated by the employees themselves, whilst the street lighting works using diodes. Refrigerators with high energy efficiency and environmental markings, which were provided with support from the Global Partner "Coca-Cola", also help to save electricity.
All of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee's staff are obliged to adhere to the "green" office rules.
"Green" offices help not only to encourage a more responsible and careful attitude to nature and the environment, but will also become part of the material legacy of the Games in Sochi.
Ingosstrakh was the first Sochi 2014 Partner to open a "green" office. In June 2011 Ingosstrakh fitted out its new office in Sochi in accordance with international environmental standards. A range of measures were taken in the office, aimed at using resources economically: luminous and LED lighting is used, an automatic electricity control system has been installed, it is going to be possible to regulate the heat supply, a separate waste collection has been introduced, and water consumption is monitored. The entire document handling process is carried out on recycled paper. Moreover, environmentally clean materials were used to decorate the office.
Another Sochi 2014 Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, has also supported the "Green office" initiative. The PwC office that opened in October 2011 is equipped in accordance with international environmental standards. In this way, the company PwC is trying to encourage a high level of social responsibility and a corporate eco-culture among its staff.