Alert Labs
Member Since: May 2021
132 Queen Street South, Unit 2, Kitchener, ON N2G 1V9, Canada
Prerequisites4/5
Business Practices119/309
Bathroom/Breakroom14/83
Office Space104/214
Copy/Print18/53
Outdoor/Transport26/146
Community Involvement1/3

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
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
Expand your recycling program to also include: glass, plastic, and aluminum
18
Encourage employee carpools, public transportation, or bicycling as a means of transportation. Post schedules and route maps throughout office
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
Establish a paperless billing program for your customers and encourage use by creating incentives
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
Use floormat/dirt-collection systems at doorways facing the outside space
8
Green your meetings, conferences and parties
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 unnecessary paper forms; instead use electronic forms when possible
6
Recycle or sell your used toner cartridges
4
Properly dispose of batteries, paint and chemicals, lightbulbs, and electronics
4
Reduce phantom “vampire power” loads
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
Inform your customers about your business’ efforts to become environmentally friendly and follow green practices
4
Bring sustainability into employees’ homes through company-sponsored education
4
Use telepresence or other long-distance communication to replace travel when possible
4
Minimize air conditioning needs with natural ventilation
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
Sell or donate unneeded furniture and equipment
2
Serve and encourage employees to purchase local, organic and fair trade food and drink
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
Become an annual sponsor of an event promoting sustainability 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