Solar Us Shop
Member Since: January 2021
3573 W Lyndale St #2, Chicago, Illinois 60647, United States
Prerequisites4/5
Business Practices68/335
Bathroom/Breakroom104/183
Office Space150/362
Copy/Print19/53
Outdoor/Transport18/362
Community Involvement1/3
Retailing/Wholesaling/Trading36/173

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
Use high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, like high efficiency toilets (HETs) and urinals (HEUs) to minimize water use and waste
60
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
Arrange the workspace to take advantage of areas with natural sunlight; design future spaces with natural lighting opportunities in mind
24
Install water flow-rate controls (aerators) on faucets to reduce water waste
18
Expand your recycling program to also include: glass, plastic, and aluminum
18
Use ceiling fans in place of air conditioning when possible
18
Plant native, region-friendly plants to minimize the impact on the local habitat and to limit the amount of irrigation water needed
18
Offer an office composting program for food waste
12
Reduce air leaks with weather stripping and caulking around windows and doorways
12
Change your HVAC or A/C filters every month or as required by the filter and HVAC or A/C manufacturer
12
Add insulation and a timer to your hot water heater
12
Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified electronic equipment, globally recognized as the most energy efficient equipment available in the market.
12
Use energy efficient display lighting, utilizing the best possible lighting options for window displays, display cases, and cabinets.
12
Allow customers an opt-out option for receipts or email digital receipt copies to their inbox.
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
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 the use of plastic bags (paper bags, preferably made with minimum 40% post consumer waste, or BPI certified compostable bags are acceptable).
6
Offer digital coupons instead of printing coupons for distribution.
6
Recycle or sell your used toner cartridges
4
Contact your local utility to conduct a commercial energy assessment (many times free) to pinpoint specific areas of energy waste
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
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
Recycle unwanted cell phones and PDAs
3
Designate your office as a smoke-free working environment, with outside smoking areas 25ft away from building entries
2
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
Develop a paper reduction policy, and conduct a paper reduction campaign
1
Use natural odor elimination
1