Martechnic
Member Since: December 2021
Adlerhorst 4, Hamburg, 22459, Germany
Prerequisites5/5
Business Practices195/339
Bathroom/Breakroom110/183
Office Space211/364
Copy/Print41/53
Outdoor/Transport62/362
Community Involvement1/3

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
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
Use fuel-efficient company cars, and schedule regular maintenance
36
Install an ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat to automate your HVAC or A/C system
32
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
Complete a solid-waste assessment to help identify and quantify the items in your business’ waste stream
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
Enroll in a waste exchange program where your waste can become another company’s resource
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
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
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
Switch to green power from your utility
12
Use floormat/dirt-collection systems at doorways facing the outside space
8
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
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
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 a cleaning company that purchases all-natural cleaning products, or insist that your current cleaning company use them
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
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
Reduce phantom “vampire power” loads
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
Use air-filtering plants throughout the office to improve indoor air quality
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
Use telepresence or other long-distance communication to replace travel when possible
4
Minimize air conditioning needs with natural ventilation
3
Recycle unwanted cell phones and PDAs
3
Designate your office as a smoke-free working environment, with outside smoking areas 25ft away from building entries
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
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 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
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