Ampirical
Member Since: May 2021
1654 Ochsner Blvd, Covington, LA 70433, United States
Prerequisites5/5
Business Practices215/339
Bathroom/Breakroom135/183
Office Space261/362
Copy/Print45/53
Outdoor/Transport220/362
Community Involvement0/3

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
Implement a renewable energy solution (solar, wind, geothermal, etc.)
125
Use high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, like high efficiency toilets (HETs) and urinals (HEUs) to minimize water use and waste
60
Examine entire supply chain, including overseas suppliers, to assess the sustainability reporting and track record of all suppliers.
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
Install an ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat to automate your HVAC or A/C system
32
Install sensor controls that turn off faucets automatically (motion sensors)
27
Install a smart irrigation controller that uses weather data to irrigate appropriately
27
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
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
Plant native, region-friendly plants to minimize the impact on the local habitat and to limit the amount of irrigation water needed
18
Install light switch occupancy sensors in proper locations to automatically turn off lighting when no one is present
18
Establish a paper recycling program. Paper includes newspaper, office paper, direct mail, white and colored paper, cardboard, envelopes, magazines, and catalogs
18
Purchase copy paper, folders, and other office paper products made from 30-100% post-consumer recycled materials
12
Reduce air leaks with weather stripping and caulking around windows and doorways
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
Choose a pest control service that minimizes use of toxic pesticides to minimize negative health effects on building occupants
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
Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified electronic equipment, globally recognized as the most energy efficient equipment available in the market.
12
Establish a paperless billing program for your customers and encourage use by creating incentives
12
Test irrigation system to ensure proper orientation and water schedule. Ensure all spray heads are functioning and not spraying onto hardscape
9
Purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to off-set your business’ energy consumption
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
Purchase trash bins and liners made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials
8
Use floormat/dirt-collection systems at doorways facing the outside space
8
Water your landscaping efficiently by collecting and using rainwater, and/or using a drip irrigation system
8
Use environmentally-friendly cleaning chemicals for daily use such as a non-toxic multipurpose cleaner or glass cleaner
8
Use recycled content or low volatile organic compounds (VOC) paint products to improve indoor environmental quality
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
Green your meetings, conferences and parties
8
Purchase paper towels and toilet paper made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials
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
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
Use a cleaning company that purchases all-natural cleaning products, or insist that your current cleaning company use them
6
Apply window film to reduce excess solar heat in the building
5
Recycle or sell your used toner cartridges
4
Purchase recycled or remanufactured toner cartridges to realize significant cost savings
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
Designate car pool and hybrid parking spaces that are in preferred areas of your parking lot (e.g. closer to the building entrance or covered)
4
Modify business practices to assure only rain is going down storm drains – not toxins
4
Update the contact information on your company’s mailing lists regularly, to reduce wasted correspondence
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
Use a green web hosting service for your business’ website. This is typically available at the same price and is completely carbon neutral
4
Reuse paper waste and have a scratch paper bin which people can use the back of unused printouts for drafts, scratch paper or internal memos, etc.
4
Bring sustainability into employees’ homes through company-sponsored education
4
Use telepresence or other long-distance communication to replace travel when possible
4
Designate your office as a smoke-free working environment, with outside smoking areas 25ft away from building entries
2
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
Develop an energy conservation policy
2
Set up an office supply re-use center
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
Announce your GBB Membership publicly and display your profile information both on and offline for your stakeholders to see
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