There's lots that can be done by recycling and that kind of thing. Other practices go much deeper into the energy and waste reductions. Use of green building (and retrofit) practices can cut many operating costs significantly, increase workplace productivity, and decrease absenteeism among staff. Considering that building costs are much less than staff, increasing productivity also gives a substantial payback on the investments for improving work conditions by implementing green practices such as improving daylight, improving ventilation and bringing in more fresh air, etc.
Check out the Rocky Mountain Institute at https://www.rmi.org/
Go to the publications section and then to the "buildings and land" link. You'll find plenty there for a paper.
Another really good resource is the Stanford School of Business Lecture Series, here in video: https://www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid231.php
Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute covers energy efficiency implications in general, then discusses putting efficiency to work in transportation, industry, and buildings. Its all the workplace and where most of our society's energy is used.
Or here for podcast download:
Social Innovation Conversations | Energy Efficiency (Free Podcast)
The lecture on "Business Solutions to Climate Change" is also very worthwhile. Here's the link to the podcast: http://sic.conversationsnetwork.org/...etail3274.html
For the podcasts, right-click "Download" and then save to your machine.
You can check out integrated design as well. Please send me a copy of your paper when you're done and could review if you'd like.
Oh yeah - The "save $50K/year by labeling the light switches
" is a reference to an energy efficiency project where they just labeled the light switches in a large office building so the last employee to leave a room wasn't afraid to turn off the lights for fear of switching off something important. Not a bad payback for sending the maintenance guy around with a label maker for a week. Duuuhhh....
PS - I just noticed this is my 1000th post - If I'm going to be an internet geek I'm glad to have this as my milestone topic. Consider that using technology from the 1980s we could save 75% of the energy we use with no decrease in our quality of life.