Gold State Green Clean
Member Since: November 2009
21561 Foothill Boulevard, Hayward, CA 94541, United States
Prerequisites5/5
Community/Society30/174
Workplace/Culture6/291
Transportation52/461
Consumption/Waste205/541
Water Use0/143
Energy/Emissions112/616
Cleaning Services114/114

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
Offer employee incentive programs for the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles
40
Upgrade from older fluorescent T12, T8 and T5 lamps to LED alternatives
36
Purchase 25-49% of products and services from green-certified or Green Business Bureau vendors
36
After completing the energy audit/assessment, develop a comprehensive energy use and conservation plan with measurable goals to optimize energy usage and reduce emissions
20
Eliminate all single-use paper, styrofoam or plastic cups, plates, and utensils in the kitchen area. Use reusable mugs, dishes, and silverware instead
18
Perform a yearly assessment of all suppliers/vendors’ environmental and social practices in comparison to your company’s commitments
18
Purchase and serve at least 75% local, organic, and fair trade food and drink
16
Purchase all office paper products made from 50-100% recycled materials
12
Arrange the workspace to take advantage of areas with natural sunlight; design future spaces with natural lighting opportunities in mind
12
Purchase or lease used or recycled office equipment and furniture
12
Philanthropically donate a percentage of your revenue or profits and/or company time to an environmental cause
12
Reserve at least one day a year when your company volunteers for local environmental or community projects (e.g., Habitat for Humanity, Earth Day, Save a Tree)
12
Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified appliances to reduce business scope 2 emissions
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
Properly dispose of all hazardous waste materials including batteries, paint and chemicals, lightbulbs, aerosol cans, and electronics
9
Purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to off-set any scope 2 emissions related to your business’ energy consumption
9
Purchase trash bins and liners made from 100% bio-based or 50-100% recycled materials
8
Encourage employee carpools
8
Significantly limit the amount of physical marketing materials you produce and limit amount of paper used (envelopes from marketing materials – use fold and mail when possible)
8
Complete a consumption and waste audit to help identify and quantify the items your business acquires, uses, and discards
8
Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic, bio-based cleaning products
8
Replace regular light bulbs with LED bulbs that last longer and save energy
8
Install timers on non-essential electrical appliances and reduce “vampire loads” by unplugging them when not in use to reduce business scope 2 emissions
8
Establish a paperless billing program for your customers and encourage use by creating incentives
8
Choose paperless billing with vendors, business partners, and suppliers when possible
6
Eliminate unnecessary paper usage as much as possible including forms, contracts, meeting agendas and materials, proofs, and drafts
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
4
Designate carpool, hybrid, and EV parking spaces that are in preferred areas of your parking lot (e.g. closer to the building entrance or covered)
4
Reduce junk mail by removing your business’ name from national direct marketing databases
4
Eliminate the use of disposable batteries and switch entirely to rechargeable
4
Use reusable cleaning products such as towels and sponges, eliminating paper towels
4
Use air-filtering plants throughout the office to improve indoor air quality and employee wellbeing
4
Print and copy double-sided when possible, to significantly reduce paper use and waste
4
Make your business’ sustainability efforts a central part of your message by filling out and linking to your GBB Member Profile and publishing your sustainability commitment on your website
4
Use a green web hosting service for your business’ website. Green web hosts are typically available at the same price and are completely carbon neutral
4
Choose bio-based, reused, recycled, recyclable, or FSC certified boxes and bags for business shipping needs
4
Reuse, sell, or donate used or unneeded furniture, equipment, and office supplies
4
Minimize air conditioning usage through natural ventilation by opening windows
3
Assist at least one other business in learning about sustainability, social responsibility, and green business efforts and encourage them to join the GBB
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
Relax the office dress code to allow for attire that doesn’t require dry cleaning
1