Ablitts Fine Cleaners and Launderers
Member Since: September 2018
14 West Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States
Prerequisites5/5
Business Practices58/339
Bathroom/Breakroom26/183
Office Space187/362
Copy/Print21/53
Outdoor/Transport45/362
Community Involvement2/3
Dry Cleaning181/448

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
Ensure at least 60% or more of of your dry cleaning process uses Siloxane D5 (GreenEarth brand or other), SystemK4, Parrafin-Hydrocarbon, LCO2 or a combination of these chemicals/systems.
45
Regular maintenance schedule for all boilers, return systems, steam traps, heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems.
36
Arrange the workspace to take advantage of areas with natural sunlight; design future spaces with natural lighting opportunities in mind
24
Proactive Waste Handling – unregulated waste to be hauled away by licensed hazardous waste hauler.
20
Ensure Appropriate disposal of drycleaning waste water.
20
Expand your recycling program to also include: glass, plastic, and aluminum
18
Use ceiling fans in place of air conditioning when possible
18
Encourage employee carpools, public transportation, or bicycling as a means of transportation. Post schedules and route maps throughout office
18
Plant native, region-friendly plants to minimize the impact on the local habitat and to limit the amount of irrigation water needed
18
Establish a paper recycling program. Paper includes newspaper, office paper, direct mail, white and colored paper, cardboard, envelopes, magazines, and catalogs
18
Insulate your steam pipes.
18
Purchase copy paper, folders, and other office paper products made from 30-100% post-consumer recycled materials
12
Replace all Exit signs with LED or high-efficiency alternatives
12
Change your HVAC or A/C filters every month or as required by the filter and HVAC or A/C manufacturer
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
Add insulation and a timer to your hot water heater
12
Replace regular light bulbs with LED bulbs that last longer and save energy
12
Paint the outside walls and the roof a light color
12
Only using biodegradable detergents and additives in commercial industry.
12
Test irrigation system to ensure proper orientation and water schedule. Ensure all spray heads are functioning and not spraying onto hardscape
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
Choose re-usable cleaning products like sponges instead of paper towels
8
“Tune-up” your HVAC or A/C system with an annual maintenance contract, ensuring use of non-ozone depleting refrigerants
8
Optimize your servers and web hosting services
8
Eliminate paper, styrofoam, or plastic cups, plates and utensils in the kitchen area. Use mugs, dishes, and silverware instead
6
Eliminate envelopes from marketing materials – use fold and mail when possible
6
Print and copy double-sided when possible, to significantly reduce paper use and waste
6
Use 34% biobased content laundry cleaners (general purpose)
6
Offer incentives to customers who recycle hangers and purchase/use reusable garment bags.
6
Create a garment recycling program.
6
Obtain an assessment of your building’s water use to identify specific water conservation ideas – many times this can be free from your local provider
4
Recycle or sell your used toner cartridges
4
Purchase recycled or remanufactured toner cartridges to realize significant cost savings
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
Use washable electrostatic furnace and air conditioning filters to reduce waste and improve indoor air quality
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 air-filtering plants throughout the office to improve indoor air quality
4
Inform your customers about your business’ efforts to become environmentally friendly and follow green practices
4
Purchase products and services from green-certified or Green Business Bureau vendors
4
Choose re-used, recycled, or FSC certified boxes and bags for retail use or shipping
4
Use telepresence or other long-distance communication to replace travel when possible
4
Use of post consumer recycled paper for garment packaging – 25% to 30%.
4
Minimize air conditioning needs with natural ventilation
3
Recycle unwanted cell phones and PDAs
3
Use of Biodegradable poly bags.
3
Use of Recyclable Poly Bags (customer use).
3
Designate your office as a smoke-free working environment, with outside smoking areas 25ft away from building entries
2
Assist at least one other business in learning about eco-efficiency and encourage them to join the GBB
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
Develop an energy conservation policy
2
Set up an office supply re-use center
2
Sell or donate unneeded furniture and equipment
2
Create paper product and paper stuffing recycling program.
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
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
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
Develop a paper reduction policy, and conduct a paper reduction campaign
1
Use natural odor elimination
1
Include “Please Consider the Environment” footer in all of your email signatures
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