Railbox Consulting
Member Since: April 2019
100 South 5th St Suite 1900, Minneapolis, MN 55402, United States
Prerequisites6/6
Business Practices151/305
Bathroom/Breakroom22/83
Office Space191/212
Copy/Print52/53
Outdoor/Transport139/169
Community Involvement0/3

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
Offer employee incentive programs for the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles
50
Own/Lease your business space in a LEED certified building
45
Use fuel-efficient company cars, and schedule regular maintenance
36
Use a Virtual Office
32
Donate a portion of your profits to an environmental cause
32
Designate car pool and hybrid parking spaces that are in preferred areas of your parking lot (e.g. closer to the building entrance or covered)
27
Arrange the workspace to take advantage of areas with natural sunlight; design future spaces with natural lighting opportunities in mind
24
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
Encourage employee carpools, public transportation, or bicycling as a means of transportation. Post schedules and route maps throughout office
18
Establish a paper recycling program. Paper includes newspaper, office paper, direct mail, white and colored paper, cardboard, envelopes, magazines, and catalogs
18
Purchase copy paper, folders, and other office paper products made from 30-100% post-consumer recycled materials
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
Replace regular light bulbs with LED bulbs that last longer and save energy
12
Install timers on non-essential electrical appliances
12
Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified electronic equipment, globally recognized as the most energy efficient equipment available in the market.
12
Establish a paperless billing program for your customers and encourage use by creating incentives
12
Use electronic proofs and recycled, non-toxic supplies/suppliers to create promotional 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
Choose re-usable cleaning products like sponges instead of paper towels
8
Optimize your servers and web hosting services
8
Green your meetings, conferences and parties
8
Eliminate paper, styrofoam, or plastic cups, plates and utensils in the kitchen area. Use mugs, dishes, and silverware instead
6
Send and receive faxes directly to your computer. If not possible, eliminate fax cover sheets (use post-its on first page)
6
Eliminate envelopes from marketing materials – use fold and mail when possible
6
Sign up to pay your bills online and receive invoices and receipts electronically
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
Purchase recycled or remanufactured toner cartridges to realize significant cost savings
4
Properly dispose of batteries, paint and chemicals, lightbulbs, and electronics
4
Use your lighting more efficiently with task lighting and daylighting
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
Reduce junk mail by removing your business’ name from national direct marketing databases
4
Use rechargeable batteries, instead of disposable alkaline batteries
4
Use air-filtering plants throughout the office to improve indoor air quality
4
Inform your customers about your business’ efforts to become environmentally friendly and follow green practices
4
Purchase products and services from green-certified or Green Business Bureau vendors
4
Use a green web hosting service for your business’ website. This is typically available at the same price and is completely carbon neutral
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
Minimize air conditioning needs with natural ventilation
3
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
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
Develop an energy conservation policy
2
Set up an office supply re-use center
2
Sell or donate unneeded furniture and equipment
2
Serve and encourage employees to purchase local, organic and fair trade food and drink
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