Dorothy Gale Roofing Group
Member Since: August 2022
Prerequisites5/5
Business Practices290/339
Bathroom/Breakroom183/183
Office Space286/364
Copy/Print40/53
Outdoor/Transport269/362
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
Examine entire supply chain, including overseas suppliers, to assess the sustainability reporting and track record of all suppliers.
60
Own/Lease your business space in a LEED certified building
45
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 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 water flow-rate controls (aerators) on faucets to reduce water waste
18
Set up a greywater system to reuse sink water into toilet systems
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
Plant native, region-friendly plants to minimize the impact on the local habitat and to limit the amount of irrigation water needed
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
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
Hire an Energy Services Company (ESCO)
18
Offer an office composting program for food waste
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
Install a heat recovery system that converts waste heat to energy
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
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
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
Construct a vegetable garden on the roof of your office building
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
Print and copy double-sided when possible, to significantly reduce paper use and waste
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
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
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
Use rechargeable batteries, instead of disposable alkaline batteries
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
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
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
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
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
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
Incorporate biophilic design by installing green walls in the office environment
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
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