RIVALITA Wines
Member Since: August 2018
277 Dove Meadow Dr, Conroe, TX 77384, United States
Prerequisites5/5
Business Practices206/309
Bathroom/Breakroom69/83
Office Space146/212
Copy/Print52/53
Outdoor/Transport70/146
Community Involvement1/3
Food Services60/312

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
Examine entire supply chain, including overseas suppliers, to assess the sustainability reporting and track record of all suppliers.
60
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
Install sensor controls that turn off faucets automatically (motion sensors)
27
Arrange the workspace to take advantage of areas with natural sunlight; design future spaces with natural lighting opportunities in mind
24
Use of Energy Star washer and dryer in wetcleaning department.
24
Use an Energy Saving Boiler (where applicable).
24
Use an energy management system to control lighting, kitchen exhaust, refrigeration and HVAC.
24
Install food temperature monitors in your refrigeration units to reduce compressor load and energy usage.
24
Proactive Waste Handling – unregulated waste to be hauled away by licensed hazardous waste hauler.
20
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
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
Use of return tank heat exchanger or tankless coil and/or Indirect Water Heater.
18
Insulate your steam pipes.
18
The use of CNG (compressed natural gas) or hybrid vehicles for pick-up and delivery.
16
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
Perform regularly scheduled maintenance on delivery vehicles to ensure efficient operation
12
Replace regular light bulbs with LED bulbs that last longer and save energy
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 sensor-activated vending machines and place machines in shaded areas.
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
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 34% biobased content laundry cleaners (general purpose)
6
Offer incentives to customers who recycle hangers and purchase/use reusable garment bags.
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
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)
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
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
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
Use of Recyclable Poly Bags (customer use).
3
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
Create paper product and paper stuffing recycling program.
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
Become an active member of an organization that continually works to improve the environment nationally or in your area
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