Making the Green Commitment

To ensure a commitment to the green economy and each member business, all members agree to implement the following measures:

 

1) Company Coordinator

Designate at least one person in the organization to coordinate sustainability efforts.

 

2)Waste reduction

Our business member benefits have been designed to help companies find critical business connections, opportunities to collaborate and practical education. They include:

Implement and adopt a written environmentally preferred purchasing program to the greenest extent possible, make purchases from firms that provide clean and green products and services.

Implement a program to recycle or reuse at least two of the following: cardboard (corrugated cardboard boxes), paper, plastics, metals (steel, aluminum, etc.) and recyclable glass.

Purchase copier and printer paper materials made from a minimum of 30% post-consumer content to conserve resources and to support the recycling market.

Program copiers/printers to print duplex (double-sided) as default if option is available.

Implement a program to (i) donate or recycle used/surplus: office equipment, office furniture, office supplies, etc.; (ii) refill spent toner cartridges, or send to the retailer/manufacturer/or an appropriate recycling vendor for recycling or remanufacturing; and (iii) properly dispose of all spent fluorescent tubes and CFL’s. (Do not throw in the garbage).

Prevent e-waste. Implement a program to (i) recycle or donate old electronic equipment (such as computers, printers, cell phones, and pagers); and (ii) recycle or properly dispose of batteries to a certified hazardous waste program.

 

3) Energy

Track and report all water and energy usage, and solid and hazardous waste generation.

Turn off and/or unplug office equipment that is not required to operate after business hours to avoid passive energy consumption, including small electronics and personal items.

Program all computers and printers to use power saving measures after 30 minutes. Turn computers and printers off at the end of day.

Use programmable thermostats or manually set temperature for after hours by several degrees (e.g.: 85 degrees summer, 65 degrees winter).

Turn off all non-emergency lights after business hours.

Perform maintenance at intervals recommended by the manufacturer on all HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and refrigeration systems.

When replacing incandescent light bulbs, replace with energy efficient bulbs (e.g.: fluorescent, CFL, or LED) or ENERGY STAR rated fixtures.

Check air filters regularly and clean or change as needed (monthly for disposable, 3 months for permanent).

 

4) Water Conservation 

Post signs in restrooms and kitchen areas encouraging water conservation.

Install low flow aerators with flow rates not to exceed 0.5 gpm for lavatory sinks.

Adjust exterior sprinkler durations seasonally and water during non-daylight hours only. Test for proper coverage and leaks on a monthly basis and repair/correct as needed in a timely manner.

Use low-flow toilets, faucets, hoses, and other water-conservation techniques where applicable.

Implement a program to keep company vehicles well maintained to prevent leaks, minimize emissions and encourage employees to do the same, including keeping tires properly inflated.

Avoid to the greatest extent possible the use of toxic chemicals, synthetic herbicides, pesticides, or other chemicals that harm the environment and the health of all living beings.