Examine entire supply chain, including overseas suppliers, to assess the sustainability reporting and track record of all suppliers.
Arrange the workspace to take advantage of areas with natural sunlight; design future spaces with natural lighting opportunities in mind
Offer an office composting program for food waste
Purchase copy paper, folders, and other office paper products made from 30-100% post-consumer recycled materials
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
Use floormat/dirt-collection systems at doorways facing the outside space
Eliminate paper, styrofoam, or plastic cups, plates and utensils in the kitchen area. Use mugs, dishes, and silverware instead
Send and receive faxes directly to your computer. If not possible, eliminate fax cover sheets (use post-its on first page)
Sign up to pay your bills online and receive invoices and receipts electronically
Recycle or sell your used toner cartridges
Purchase recycled or remanufactured toner cartridges to realize significant cost savings
Purchase products and services from green-certified or Green Business Bureau vendors
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.
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
Use water-conserving cleaning methods and strategies while cleaning.
Organize sustainability committee or green team to serve as your company’s leading advocates for greening efforts
Complete GBB’s Getting Started steps, including filling out your company’s Member Profile and the GBB Assessment
Develop a sustainability mission statement for your business and define your company’s core commitments
Publish your company’s green accomplishments
Announce your GBB Membership publicly and display your profile information both on and offline for your stakeholders to see
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