BORROWLENSES
Member Since: February 2021
1664 Industrial Road, San Carlos, CA 94070, United States
Prerequisites2/5
Business Practices101/309
Bathroom/Breakroom8/83
Office Space100/212
Copy/Print28/53
Outdoor/Transport44/146
Community Involvement3/3
Retailing/Wholesaling/Trading6/173

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
Use fuel-efficient company cars, and schedule regular maintenance
36
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
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
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
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 floormat/dirt-collection systems at doorways facing the outside space
8
Send and receive faxes directly to your computer. If not possible, eliminate fax cover sheets (use post-its on first page)
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
Offer digital coupons instead of printing coupons for distribution.
6
Recycle or sell your used toner cartridges
4
Properly dispose of batteries, paint and chemicals, lightbulbs, and electronics
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
Use rechargeable batteries, instead of disposable alkaline batteries
4
Choose re-used, recycled, or FSC certified boxes and bags for retail use or shipping
4
Bring sustainability into employees’ homes through company-sponsored education
4
Use telepresence or other long-distance communication to replace travel when possible
4
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
Organize sustainability committee or green team to serve as your company’s leading advocates for greening efforts
1
Complete GBB’s Getting Started steps, including filling out your company’s Member Profile and the GBB Assessment
1
Become an annual sponsor of an event promoting sustainability in your area
1
Place a company employee on the organizing committee for the same or another event to achieve maximum involvement and exposure
1
Become an active member of an organization that continually works to improve the environment nationally or in your area
1
Use natural odor elimination
1
Relax the office dress code to allow for attire that doesn’t require dry cleaning. Also, encourage employees to make the switch to non-toxic dry cleaners
1