Holy City Straw Company
Member Since: July 2021
357 Cheves Drive, Charleston, SC 29412, United States
Prerequisites5/5
Business Practices280/309
Bathroom/Breakroom83/83
Office Space167/212
Copy/Print53/53
Outdoor/Transport138/146
Community Involvement3/3
Food Services264/312

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
Examine entire supply chain, including overseas suppliers, to assess the sustainability reporting and track record of all suppliers.
60
Offer employee incentive programs for the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles
50
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
Donate a portion of your profits to an environmental cause
32
Install sensor controls that turn off faucets automatically (motion sensors)
27
Use an energy management system to control lighting, kitchen exhaust, refrigeration and HVAC.
24
Arrange the workspace to take advantage of areas with natural sunlight; design future spaces with natural lighting opportunities in mind
24
Install food temperature monitors in your refrigeration units to reduce compressor load and energy usage.
24
Establish a paper recycling program. Paper includes newspaper, office paper, direct mail, white and colored paper, cardboard, envelopes, magazines, and catalogs
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
Encourage employee carpools, public transportation, or bicycling as a means of transportation. Post schedules and route maps throughout office
18
Reduce the use of cardboard by minimizing it in your packaging and only using vendors that do the same in the supplies that they deliver to you.
18
Purchase offsets for the travel emissions that can’t be reduced
18
Complete a solid-waste assessment to help identify and quantify the items in your business’ waste stream
18
Use at least 25% certified organic, fair trade, sustainably harvested, locally grown or other responsibly sourced food products and beverages.
16
Ensure at least 50% of seafood offered is sustainable seafood.
16
Compost all organics including food and yard discards, soiled paper products, and compostable food containers.
16
Keep at least 50% of discarded materials out of the garbage/landfills.
16
Use an energy efficient and water conserving dishwasher from ENERGY STAR
16
Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators and freezers.
16
Replace regular light bulbs with LED bulbs that last longer and save energy
12
Install timers on non-essential electrical appliances
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
Offer an office composting program for food waste
12
Purchase copy paper, folders, and other office paper products made from 30-100% post-consumer recycled materials
12
Setup a self-recycling and composting station if you do not offer table service.
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
Install a heat recovery system that converts waste heat to energy
12
Use bio-based plastic bags that are fully compostable or light-biodegradable.
12
Eliminate all styrofoam.
12
Install and use an Energy Star rated ice machine.
12
Purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to off-set your business’ energy consumption
9
Use environmentally-friendly cleaning chemicals for daily use such as a non-toxic multipurpose cleaner or glass cleaner
8
Choose re-usable cleaning products like sponges instead of paper towels
8
Optimize your servers and web hosting services
8
Green your meetings, conferences and parties
8
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 electronic proofs and recycled, non-toxic supplies/suppliers to create promotional materials
8
Install plastic strip curtains on walk-in refrigerator/freezer doors.
8
Use floormat/dirt-collection systems at doorways facing the outside space
8
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
Purchase paper towels and toilet paper made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials
6
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
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
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
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 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
Reduce phantom “vampire power” loads
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
Recycle frying oil – give it or sell it to local biodiesel makers.
4
Brew coffee with reusable filters.
4
Modify business practices to assure only rain is going down storm drains – not toxins
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
Reduce junk mail by removing your business’ name from national direct marketing databases
4
Use rechargeable batteries, instead of disposable alkaline batteries
4
Use papers bags made from 40% postconsumer material instead of plastic bags.
3
Use refillable condiment bottles and other item containers, and refill with items purchased in bulk, instead of portion-controlled packets.
3
Minimize product packaging from your vendors.
3
Use cloth instead of paper napkins and table covers.
3
Develop written policies to monitor continuous flow fixtures to conserve water.
3
Arrange for a single delivery of several items from your vendors.
3
Minimize air conditioning needs with natural ventilation
3
Recycle unwanted cell phones and PDAs
3
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
Sell or donate unneeded furniture and equipment
2
Serve and encourage employees to purchase local, organic and fair trade food and drink
2
Use only compostable to-go food containers.
2
Offer an incentive to customers who bring their own coffee mugs, to-go dishes, or bags.
2
Use open door buzzers on walk-in refrigerator/freezer doors
2
Install a grease trap and make sure all grease producing fixtures flow through the grease trap.
2
Stock the kitchen with unbleached wax paper and parchment paper.
2
Install low-flow spray valves in dishwashing area.
2
For chef coats and other uniforms, choose responsible fabrics.
2
Use non-toxic candle alternatives to light guest tables.
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
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
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
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
Develop a paper reduction policy, and conduct a paper reduction campaign
1
Use natural odor elimination
1
Develop a written policy that dishwashers should only be used when fully loaded.
1
Ensure that garbage, recycling and compost containers are covered and kept away from storm drains.
1
Use recycled content paper for guest checks and receipts.
1
Use sweeping and mopping instead of hosing kitchen floors.
1