STTLG
Member Since: November 2019
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Prerequisites6/6
Business Practices154/305
Bathroom/Breakroom32/83
Office Space75/212
Copy/Print49/53
Outdoor/Transport18/169
Community Involvement1/3

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
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
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
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
Establish a paperless billing program for your customers and encourage use by creating incentives
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
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
Recycle or sell your used toner cartridges
4
Properly dispose of batteries, paint and chemicals, lightbulbs, and electronics
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
Use telepresence or other long-distance communication to replace travel when possible
4
Minimize air conditioning needs with natural ventilation
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
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
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 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
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