EcoPlus Power
Member Since: January 2022
134 Main Street, Suite 70G, Southbury, Connecticut 06488, United States
Prerequisites4/5
Business Practices166/309
Bathroom/Breakroom44/83
Office Space122/214
Copy/Print48/53
Outdoor/Transport62/146
Community Involvement3/3

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
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
Arrange the workspace to take advantage of areas with natural sunlight; design future spaces with natural lighting opportunities in mind
24
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
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
Purchase copy paper, folders, and other office paper products made from 30-100% post-consumer recycled materials
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
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 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
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
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
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
Recycle or sell your used toner cartridges
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
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
Use rechargeable batteries, instead of disposable alkaline batteries
4
Inform your customers about your business’ efforts to become environmentally friendly and follow green practices
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
Use telepresence or other long-distance communication to replace travel when possible
4
Work with a food recovery service to donate surplus meals, stock and other edible food items to reduce waste.
4
Minimize air conditioning needs with natural ventilation
3
Recycle unwanted cell phones and PDAs
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
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
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
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
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