EMERIC
Member Since: August 2019
964 South Northpoint Boulevard United States 60085 Waukegan IL
Prerequisites6/6
Business Practices305/305
Bathroom/Breakroom83/83
Office Space212/212
Copy/Print53/53
Outdoor/Transport169/169
Community Involvement3/3
Cleaning Services114/114

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
Examine entire supply chain, including overseas suppliers, to assess the sustainability reporting and track record of all suppliers.
60
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
Reserve one day a year when your company volunteers for local environmental or community projects (e.g., Habitat for Humanity, Earth Day, Save a Tree)
36
Use a Virtual Office
32
Donate a portion of your profits to an environmental cause
32
Install sensor controls that turn off faucets automatically (motion sensors)
27
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
Purchase offsets for the travel emissions that can’t be reduced
18
Complete a solid-waste assessment to help identify and quantify the items in your business’ waste stream
18
Establish a paper recycling program. Paper includes newspaper, office paper, direct mail, white and colored paper, cardboard, envelopes, magazines, and catalogs
18
Enroll in a waste exchange program where your waste can become another company’s resource
18
Offer an office composting program for food waste
12
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
Install a heat recovery system that converts waste heat to energy
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 78% biobased content floor strippers
12
Purchase Green Seal qualified cleaners, nationally recognized as one of the most transparent and credible product certifications available in the market.
12
Purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to off-set your business’ energy consumption
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 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
Construct a vegetable garden on the roof of your office building
8
Optimize your servers and web hosting services
8
Green your meetings, conferences and parties
8
Purchase paper towels and toilet paper made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials
6
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
Use a cleaning company that purchases all-natural cleaning products, or insist that your current cleaning company use them
6
Use 58% minimum biobased content adhesive and mastic removers
6
Use 74% biobased content bathroom and spa cleaners
6
Use 54% biobased content carpet and upholstery cleaners (general purpose)
6
Use 7% biobased content carpet and upholstery cleaners (spot removers)
6
Use 85% biobased content dust suppressants
6
Use 49% biobased content glass cleaners
6
Use 34% biobased content graffiti and grease removers
6
Use 64% biobased content hand cleaners and sanitizers
6
Use 46% biobased content laundry cleaners (pretreatment and spot removers)
6
Use 89% biobased content sorbents
6
Sell bathroom tissue made from 20-100% recovered fiber, including 20-60% postconsumer fiber.
6
Sell facial tissue made from 10-100% recovered fiber including 10-15% postconsumer fiber.
6
Sell general purpose industrial wipers made from 40-100% recovered fiber, including 40% postconsumer fiber
6
Sell paper towels made from 40-100% recovered fiber, includin 40-60% postconsumer fiber
6
Use plastic trash bags made from 10-100% postconsumer plastic
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
Reduce phantom “vampire power” loads
4
Use washable electrostatic furnace and air conditioning filters to reduce waste and improve indoor air quality
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
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
Bring sustainability into employees’ homes through company-sponsored education
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
Assist at least one other business in learning about eco-efficiency and encourage them to join the GBB
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
Become an annual sponsor of an event promoting sustainability in your area
1
Place a company employee on the organizing committee for the same or another event to achieve maximum involvement and exposure
1
Become an active member of an organization that continually works to improve the environment nationally or in your area
1
Develop a paper reduction policy, and conduct a paper reduction campaign
1
Use natural odor elimination
1
Include “Please Consider the Environment” footer in all of your email signatures
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