Usable Media Limited
Member Since: February 2020
1 Wey Barn, Kings Mews, 22-26 High Street United Kingdom GU71AD Godalming Surrey
Prerequisites1/6
Business Practices102/305
Bathroom/Breakroom56/83
Office Space143/212
Copy/Print35/53
Outdoor/Transport30/169
Community Involvement0/3

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
Use a Virtual Office
32
Arrange the workspace to take advantage of areas with natural sunlight; design future spaces with natural lighting opportunities in mind
24
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
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
Replace regular light bulbs with LED bulbs that last longer and save energy
12
Establish a paperless billing program for your customers and encourage use by creating incentives
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
Choose re-usable cleaning products like sponges instead of paper towels
8
Optimize your servers and web hosting services
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
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
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 washable electrostatic furnace and air conditioning filters to reduce waste and improve indoor air quality
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
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
Request that your payroll service eliminate the printed version of the pay stub and envelope. Ask them to email pay stub information instead
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
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
Create and adopt a corporate environmental sustainability vision statement
1
Develop a paper reduction policy, and conduct a paper reduction campaign
1
Use natural odor elimination
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