Modest Coffee, Inc.
Member Since: October 2019
245 W. Roosevelt Rd. Bldg. 2-15 United States 60185 West Chicago IL
Prerequisites6/6
Business Practices225/305
Bathroom/Breakroom56/83
Office Space119/212
Copy/Print35/53
Outdoor/Transport125/169
Community Involvement1/3
Food Services157/312

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
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
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
Establish a paper recycling program. Paper includes newspaper, office paper, direct mail, white and colored paper, cardboard, envelopes, magazines, and catalogs
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
Reduce the use of cardboard by minimizing it in your packaging and only using vendors that do the same in the supplies that they deliver to you.
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
Use at least 25% certified organic, fair trade, sustainably harvested, locally grown or other responsibly sourced food products and beverages.
16
Keep at least 50% of discarded materials out of the garbage/landfills.
16
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
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
Use sensor-activated vending machines and place machines in shaded areas.
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
Use bio-based plastic bags that are fully compostable or light-biodegradable.
12
Eliminate all styrofoam.
12
Install and use an Energy Star rated ice machine.
12
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
Green your meetings, conferences and parties
8
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
Have your dishwashing machine inspected for water leaks and have it calibrated by a service technician for optimum settings. If/when you replace your unit, be sure to have it disposed of and/or recycled properly.
8
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
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
Only serve water upon request.
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
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
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 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
Recycle frying oil – give it or sell it to local biodiesel makers.
4
Modify business practices to assure only rain is going down storm drains – not toxins
4
Donate leftover and unwanted food to food banks.
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 papers bags made from 40% postconsumer material instead of plastic bags.
3
Use refillable condiment bottles and other item containers, and refill with items purchased in bulk, instead of portion-controlled packets.
3
Minimize product packaging from your vendors.
3
Arrange for a single delivery of several items from your vendors.
3
Minimize air conditioning needs with natural ventilation
3
Assign a person to monitor your water and energy bills for sudden rises in consumption.
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
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
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
Use only compostable to-go food containers.
2
Centralize employee schedules and other announcements in a single location instead of printing paper copies.
2
Offer an incentive to customers who bring their own coffee mugs, to-go dishes, or bags.
2
Post daily specials on a chalkboard or dry-erase board, rather than printing daily specials on new sheets of paper every day.
2
Set your refrigerator temperature between 37 and 40 degrees Farenheit and your freezer at about 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
2
Stock the kitchen with unbleached wax paper and parchment paper.
2
Install low-flow spray valves in dishwashing area.
2
For chef coats and other uniforms, choose responsible fabrics.
2
Use non-toxic candle alternatives to light guest tables.
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
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
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 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
Develop a written policy that dishwashers should only be used when fully loaded.
1
Ensure that garbage, recycling and compost containers are covered and kept away from storm drains.
1
Use recycled content paper for guest checks and receipts.
1
Use sweeping and mopping instead of hosing kitchen floors.
1