To reduce scope 3 emissions, become a completely remote company, requiring no office space or regular transportation to/from work
Use high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, like high efficiency toilets (HETs) and urinals (HEUs) to minimize water use and waste
Use a tankless or otherwise highly efficient hot water heater
Have a composting program for your business/home food waste
Eliminate all single-use paper, styrofoam or plastic cups, plates, and utensils in the kitchen area. Use reusable mugs, dishes, and silverware instead
Plant native, region-friendly plants to minimize the impact on the local habitat and to limit the amount of irrigation water needed
Arrange the workspace to take advantage of areas with natural sunlight; design future spaces with natural lighting opportunities in mind
Reserve at least one day a year when your company volunteers for local environmental or community projects (e.g., Habitat for Humanity, Earth Day, Save a Tree)
Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified appliances to reduce business scope 2 emissions
Use energy efficient display lighting, utilizing the best possible lighting options for window displays, display cases, and cabinets.
Allow customers an opt-out option for receipts or email digital receipt copies to their inbox.
Properly dispose of all hazardous waste materials including batteries, paint and chemicals, lightbulbs, aerosol cans, and electronics
Install water flow rate controls (aerators) on faucets to reduce water waste
Install a filtered water tap or water bottle refill station that provide high-quality drinking water and encourage employees to use them in place of bottled water
Conduct an energy assessment/audit to pinpoint specific areas of energy use and waste
Ensure all windows and doors are properly installed, functioning, maintained, and weather-stripped, etc.
Significantly limit the amount of physical marketing materials you produce and limit amount of paper used (envelopes from marketing materials – use fold and mail when possible)
Choose paperless billing with vendors, business partners, and suppliers when possible
Eliminate the use of plastic bags (paper bags, preferably made with minimum 40% post consumer waste, or BPI certified compostable bags are acceptable).
Offer digital coupons instead of printing coupons for distribution.
Become an active member, either by serving on the board, donating or volunteering time for an organization that continually works to improve the environment nationally or in your area
Recycle or sell your used toner cartridges
Develop a paper reduction policy that clearly defines when and how items should be printed to significantly reduce paper usage and consumption
Change your HVAC or A/C filters every six months or more frequently as is recommended by filter type
Reduce junk mail by removing your business’ name from national direct marketing databases
Designate your office as a smoke-free working environment with outside smoking areas 25 feet away from building entry areas and common walkways
Use ceiling fans in place of air conditioning when possible
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
Use natural odor elimination