School Specialty
Member Since: March 2019
W6316 Design Drive, Greenville, WI 54942, United States
Prerequisites5/5
Business Practices69/335
Bathroom/Breakroom48/183
Office Space207/362
Copy/Print28/53
Outdoor/Transport51/407
Community Involvement0/3

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
Use a Virtual Office
32
Install an ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat to automate your HVAC or A/C system
32
Install water flow-rate controls (aerators) on faucets to reduce water waste
18
Purchase or lease copiers and printers that have a duplexing (two-sided copying and printing) function
18
Expand your recycling program to also include: glass, plastic, and aluminum
18
Plant native, region-friendly plants to minimize the impact on the local habitat and to limit the amount of irrigation water needed
18
Install light switch occupancy sensors in proper locations to automatically turn off lighting when no one is present
18
Establish a paper recycling program. Paper includes newspaper, office paper, direct mail, white and colored paper, cardboard, envelopes, magazines, and catalogs
18
Reduce air leaks with weather stripping and caulking around windows and doorways
12
Replace all Exit signs with LED or high-efficiency alternatives
12
Change your HVAC or A/C filters every month or as required by the filter and HVAC or A/C manufacturer
12
Upgrade from older T12 tube lights with magnetic ballasts to more efficient T8 or T5 fluorescent lamp tubes with solid-state electronic ballasts
12
Install a heat recovery system that converts waste heat to energy
12
Choose a pest control service that minimizes use of toxic pesticides to minimize negative health effects on building occupants
12
Paint the outside walls and the roof a light color
12
Establish a paperless billing program for your customers and encourage use by creating incentives
12
Test irrigation system to ensure proper orientation and water schedule. Ensure all spray heads are functioning and not spraying onto hardscape
9
Install a filtered water tap at your sink or a water cooler for drinking water instead of purchasing bottled water to save money and reduce waste
8
Purchase trash bins and liners made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials
8
Use floormat/dirt-collection systems at doorways facing the outside space
8
Use environmentally-friendly cleaning chemicals for daily use such as a non-toxic multipurpose cleaner or glass cleaner
8
“Tune-up” your HVAC or A/C system with an annual maintenance contract, ensuring use of non-ozone depleting refrigerants
8
Green your meetings, conferences and parties
8
Purchase paper towels and toilet paper made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials
6
Send and receive faxes directly to your computer. If not possible, eliminate fax cover sheets (use post-its on first page)
6
Print and copy double-sided when possible, to significantly reduce paper use and waste
6
Eliminate unnecessary paper forms; instead use electronic forms when possible
6
Use a cleaning company that purchases all-natural cleaning products, or insist that your current cleaning company use them
6
Recycle or sell your used toner cartridges
4
Properly dispose of batteries, paint and chemicals, lightbulbs, and electronics
4
Modify business practices to assure only rain is going down storm drains – not toxins
4
Implement a policy to purchase used or recycled office equipment and furniture
4
Update the contact information on your company’s mailing lists regularly, to reduce wasted correspondence
4
Reuse paper waste and have a scratch paper bin which people can use the back of unused printouts for drafts, scratch paper or internal memos, etc.
4
Choose re-used, recycled, or FSC certified boxes and bags for retail use or shipping
4
Use telepresence or other long-distance communication to replace travel when possible
4
Recycle unwanted cell phones and PDAs
3
Designate your office as a smoke-free working environment, with outside smoking areas 25ft away from building entries
2
Request that your payroll service eliminate the printed version of the pay stub and envelope. Ask them to email pay stub information instead
2
Set computers to enter system standby or hibernate after 30 minutes of inactivity. Set monitors to enter sleep mode after 5 to 20 minutes of inactivity
2
Use water-conserving cleaning methods and strategies while cleaning.
2
Set up an office supply re-use center
2
Sell or donate unneeded furniture and equipment
2
Organize sustainability committee or green team to serve as your company’s leading advocates for greening efforts
1
Complete GBB’s Getting Started steps, including filling out your company’s Member Profile and the GBB Assessment
1
Develop a sustainability mission statement for your business and define your company’s core commitments
1
Publish your company’s green accomplishments
1
Announce your GBB Membership publicly and display your profile information both on and offline for your stakeholders to see
1
Relax the office dress code to allow for attire that doesn’t require drycleaning. Also, encourage employees to make the switch to non-toxic dry cleaners
1