STANDARD MODERN COMPANY, INC
Member Since: April 2022
186 Duchaine Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02745, United States
Prerequisites5/5
Business Practices146/339
Bathroom/Breakroom122/183
Office Space190/364
Copy/Print53/53
Outdoor/Transport300/362
Community Involvement2/3

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
Offer employee incentive programs for the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles
50
Use a Virtual Office
32
Donate a portion of your profits to an environmental cause
32
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
Use ceiling fans in place of air conditioning when possible
18
Encourage employee carpools, public transportation, or bicycling as a means of transportation. Post schedules and route maps throughout office
18
Plant native, region-friendly plants to minimize the impact on the local habitat and to limit the amount of irrigation water needed
18
Enroll in a waste exchange program where your waste can become another company’s resource
18
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
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 inefficient or broken windows with double pane, low-E, energy efficient windows
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
Switch to green power from your utility
12
Test irrigation system to ensure proper orientation and water schedule. Ensure all spray heads are functioning and not spraying onto hardscape
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
Water your landscaping efficiently by collecting and using rainwater, and/or using a drip irrigation system
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
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
Apply window film to reduce excess solar heat in the building
5
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
Purchase recycled or remanufactured toner cartridges to realize significant cost savings
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
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
Modify business practices to assure only rain is going down storm drains – not toxins
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
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
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
Assist at least one other business in learning about eco-efficiency and encourage them to join the GBB
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
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
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
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