School Specialty
Member Since: March 2019
W6316 Design Drive, Greenville, WI 54942, United States
Prerequisites6/6
Business Practices59/335
Bathroom/Breakroom34/183
Office Space183/362
Copy/Print28/53
Outdoor/Transport47/407
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
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
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
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
Recycle or sell your used toner cartridges
4
Properly dispose of batteries, paint and chemicals, lightbulbs, and electronics
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
Display the Environmental Compliance Poster (included in your Welcome package) in a visible location where your employees will be reminded of environmental laws and activities to green your business
2
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
Create and adopt a corporate environmental sustainability vision statement
1
Conduct a kick-off meeting to review the GBB Assessment results and recommended initiatives.
1
Put together an office Green Team which will serve as the initial supporters of greening your business as well as enlisting and informing all employees of key activities
1
Complete the GBB Assessment to determine your current level of green activities, and get credit for things you are already doing
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