Green Maids
Member Since: September 2019
531 East 20th Street Apt 6D, New York, NY 10010, United States
Prerequisites5/5
Business Practices104/309
Bathroom/Breakroom30/83
Office Space103/212
Copy/Print52/53
Outdoor/Transport62/146
Community Involvement0/3
Cleaning Services54/114

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
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
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
Establish a paperless billing program for your customers and encourage use by creating incentives
12
Purchase Green Seal qualified cleaners, nationally recognized as one of the most transparent and credible product certifications available in the market.
12
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 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
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 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 49% biobased content glass cleaners
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
Recycle or sell your used toner cartridges
4
Purchase recycled or remanufactured toner cartridges to realize significant cost savings
4
Use your lighting more efficiently with task lighting and daylighting
4
Update the contact information on your company’s mailing lists regularly, to reduce wasted correspondence
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 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
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
Serve and encourage employees to purchase local, organic and fair trade food and drink
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
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 dry cleaning. Also, encourage employees to make the switch to non-toxic dry cleaners
1