12 Measures Required
Close your blinds
Institute a written policy that ensures blinds and curtains are closed after hours
Turn it off
Institute a formal policy that encourages employees to turn off inessential equipment and lights when not in use
Use only natural lighting during daytime hours in applicable areas. Make this a standard procedure via signage and employee education. Put signs over light switches such as "Turn off when leaving."
Rearrange workspace to take advantage of natural sunlight.
Shift electrical usage to non-peak times
Shifting to non-peak usage helps keep less efficient plants from coming on line. Additionally, energy planning can save money.
Turn off computers and screens
Establish a policy to turn off computers and screens after hours, weekends, and holidays.
ENERGY STAR purchasing policy
Establish a policy that when replacing or adding new equipment or appliances, they shall have an ENERGY STAR rating.
Use "task" lighting
Light when and where extra light is needed, rather than lighting an entire room.
Discourage personal space heaters
Encourage employees to wear weather appropriate clothing to work
Set cooling to 74°F and heating to 68°F. Program the thermostats for unoccupied hours when the facility is closed with cooling set at 90°F and heating at 55°F.
Computer Power-Saving Mode
Change settings on office computers to turn off the display after 5 minutes, and go into sleep mode after 20 minutes of non-use. Discontinue use of screen savers.
Copier/Printer Power-Saving Mode
Reduce copier/printer power consumption by using stand by mode after 15 minutes of non-use and completely turn off at the end of the day
Involve your staff Create a plan to hold bi-annual training for staff on energy conservation.
Use the Stairs
Put up signs at elevators that encourage stair use.
Implement "off-hours" shutdown schedule or install devices to automatically reduce vending machine energy use (VendingMisers).
Prohibit personal refrigerators and provide high efficiency refrigerators in common areas. Replace refrigerators >10 years old with Energy Star model. Maintain fridge coils free of frost and dust.
Set refrigerator temperature between 38°F and 41°F and freezer between 10°F and 20°F.
Post signage for employees to use dishwasher only when full. Save energy and water!
Offset Your Carbon
Offset your carbon and purchase CO2 offsets or renewable energy credits for a minimum of 10% of your electrical usage.
Track, understand and review your utility bills. Report any inconsistent high usage immediately to General or Facilities Managers.
Complete regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance. Clean or replace filters,heating and air-conditioning systems at least twice a year. Clean air-conditioning condenser coils at least four times a year.
Clean your light fixtures
Create and implement a schedule to clean lighting fixtures and lamps so that they are lighting as effectively as possible (dirt can reduce lighting efficiency by up to 50%).
hot water heater
Set hot water heater between 120-140F
hot water pipes
Insulate all major hot water pipes.
Contract Language for Cleaning Services
Develop contract language for cleaning services. Require lights to be turned off after areas are cleaned and/or schedule daytime cleaning.
Reduce Solar Heat Gain
Apply window film to reduce solar heat gain or use double glazing for 90% of windows.
Install ceiling fans
Ceiling fans can help reduce your cooling costs as they allow you to set your A/C thermostat higher. The breeze increases the evaporation of moisture from your skin making you feel cooler than you would without it.
However, keep in mind that ceiling fans cool people, but they don't lower room temperature. So make sure that you turn them off during unoccupied hours!
Use lighting controls such as motion sensors and/or photo cells.
Upgrade indoor and/or outdoor lighting to LEDs
Energy Management System
Use an energy management system to control large mechanical loads
Use weather stripping to seal air gaps around windows and doors
Use LEDs in exit signs
Use booster heater for hot water
Convert hot water heaters to on-demand systems.
Use economizers on AC system.
Use economizers on A/C for free cooling during mild conditions.
Replace multiple AC units with a single unit
Replace multiple AC units with a single unit with a SEER of at least 13. SEER is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and is a rating of the units' energy efficiency
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Transportation Demand Management program
Develop and post a Transportation Demand Management program for your business. View a sample program here
Inform your customers about alternative transportation options to get to your location.
Find "green" rental car companies
Establish a policy where employees must request a fuel efficient car when renting cars for business travel.
telecommuting or flexible schedules
Offer telecommuting opportunities or flexible schedules to your employees.
electric vehicle charging stations
Offer electric vehicle charging stations for visitors and staff.
Reduce air miles traveled via tele- or video-conferencing.
Maintain your vehicles per manufacturer specs and track maintenance to improve vehicle life.
Do any of the following:
Encourage employees to consolidate trips and to patronize services close by that can be reached by bus, bike, and walking.
Provide employees with driver training for driving efficiently by avoiding idling and aggressive driving.
Encourage employees to maintain vehicles and tire pressure.
Make sure carpools, electric, hybrid, or alternative fuel vehicles receive preferential parking at your facility.
Encourage Greener Commute
Do any of the following:
May is National Bike Month! Host a Bike to Work Day.
Participate in Miami Valley Regional Planning Commissions Rideshare Program.
Provide a commuter van.
Green your fleet
Purchase or rent alternative fuel, fuel efficient, electric or hybrid vehicles for the company fleet to reduce your company's transportation footprint.
Establish a policy to reduce idling in company vehicles.
Incentivize alternative modes of transportation
For example, a bus pass or small bonus for not using a car.
Provide bikes for employee errands so that employees can bike to meetings and ride around the neighborhood during workday breaks.
secure location to store bicycles
Install a bike rack or bike shelter in or near facility. Consider providing tire air pumps and flat tire repair kits for on-site use.
Provide shower facilities
This helps promote the practice of walking, joging, or biking to work.
Activity incentive programs
Support physical activity during the workday. For example:
- Encourage physical activity breaks during meetings
- Support flexible scheduling for employees who participate in physical activity (such as a longer break for walks or gym usage)
- Post signage that promotes stairwell usage
- Establish walking or bicycling groups for the workplace
Support healthy foods and beverages
Encourage better eating habits and food culture. Ensure that your employees have healthy vending and food options during the workday. Consider providing a space for eating that is well lit to encourage social support.
Promote drinking water
Provide any/all of the following:
- A filtered water bottle filling station.
- Water at meetings.
- Provide refillable water bottles and/or travel mugs.
Place welcome mats at the office entrance. This reduces unwanted chemicals/dirt from entering your workspace.
Place air-purifying plants throughout the office.
Controllability of Systems
Provide a high level of thermal and ventilation control for individual occupants or groups in multi-occupant spaces to promote the productivity, comfort, and wellbeing of building occupants.
Daylight and Views
Provide occupants with daylighting and view opportunities to provide a connection between indoor spaces and the outdoors. Strategies include office layout and lower partition heights.
Studies have demonstrated that productivity increases dramatically for building occupants working in daylit areas. In addition, daylighting decreases energy costs.
Provide clean and sanitary environment for staff and visitors in a manner that is earth and human friendly using cleaning products that meet Green Seal standard or products with low-volatile organic compound (VOC) whenever possible.
Reduce the exposure of building occupants and custodial personnel to potentially hazardous chemical containments that adversely impact air quality or impede occupants' well-being.
community volunteer activities
Encourage/promote community volunteer activities by any of the following:
- Sponsor an annual community event that promotes sustainability within your community.
- Participate in/or sponsor environmental restoration projects and other community efforts to reduce environmental impacts.
- Encourage your staff to join any of DRG Action Teams.
Provide clean and sanitary environment for staff and visitors in a manner that is earth and human friendly. Download sample policy
materials & resources
13 Measures Required
Have a Solid Waste Assessment Done For Your Facility
Montgomery County Solid Waste District can provide free solid waste assessments for Montgomery County businesses! For more information contact Barbara Asberry at 937-781-3062.
Check with your Solid Waste District for similar programs if you're outside Montgomery County.
Clearly Labeled Recycling Bins
Position clearly labeled recycling bins co-located next to all trash receptacles at break rooms, conference room, and lobby areas.
Make Recycling Easy
Have individual recycling bins available at employee desks or at a centralized location in close proximity to all employees. Verify that the cleaning staff is aware of your recycling/ waste management system.
Two Sided Printing
Make two-sided printing and copying standard practice in your business (set printers and copiers to default to duplex printing). Make single-sided the exception instead of the rule.
- Work with IT staff to implement this default setting for all office computers and printers.
- Staff can still print single sided when required (e.g. Human resources, client documents, other confidential documents), but this should be the exception instead of the default.
Think Before You Print
Circulate documents electronically instead of using paper-based memos or faxes. Include this in your business policy.
Set document defaults to smaller fonts and margins.
Use Electronic Billing
Use electronic billing methods to invoice customers and receive payment.
Stock your cafeteria, break room or kitchen with reusable food service ware, such as mugs, dishes, and utensils, for staff and customers use.
Reduce Junk Mail
Unsubscribe to all junk mail and reduce the number of catalogs and newspapers sent to your business. Consider using free programs such as www.catalogchoice.org
Unwanted but Usable
Donate old electronics, furniture, equipment, and building materials. If it's not useable, recycle it.
Food Scraps Composting
Implement a program to compost employee food scraps.
Eliminate bottled water
Distribute refillable water bottles and/or travel mugs to all employees. Install a drinking water filter system and eliminate use of bottled water.
Reuse Rinse Water
Use kitchen rinse water and/ or residual drinking water to irrigate indoor plants.
Designate a sharing or re-use area for employees' use.
Purchase products with no packaging, less packaging or reusable packaging. If possible, request that vendors/suppliers ship deliveries in returnable containers.
Design marketing materials that require no envelopes-simply fold and mail.
Eliminate use of all Styrofoam products.
Use catering services that purchase local and/or organic produce, and use only recyclable or compostable or reusable dishes.
No Single Containers
Eliminate use of 'single containers' from coffee areas such as Keurig, individual creamers, sugar packs, etc. Use large refillable containers instead and buy coffee, tea, condiments, and any snacks provided to employees in bulk to avoid unnecessary packaging waste
Purchase local products. Do business with other green businesses.
Bleach and Chlorine-Free Paper
Use unbleached and/or chlorine-free paper products (copy paper, paper towels, napkins, coffee filters, etc.).
Look for paper products that are unbleached or that are whitened using a chlorine-free process (sometimes labeled PCF for Processed Chlorine-Free). Chlorine-containing bleaching agents are often used to turn paper and janitorial products bright white. The bleaching process can generate various chlorinated pollutants which tend to persist in the environment for a very long time.
Janitorial Paper Products
Purchase at least one janitorial item (paper towel, toilet paper, etc...) with post-consumer recycled content.
Greener Office Supplies
Use non-toxic (water based, low VOC) office supplies such as ink markers and pens.
Inventory Your Chemicals
Conduct and maintain an inventory of chemicals and potentially hazardous materials used in your business. Check Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and labels for all cleaning products, building maintenance materials, pesticides, and fertilizers you use. Identify and use safer, greener, or natural alternatives.
Reusable Office Supplies
Purchase Reusable Office Items such as refillable pens, erasable white boards & wall calendars.
Replace Aerosols with Pump Dispensers
Even modern-day, CFC-free aerosol sprays emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that contribute to ground-level ozone levels, a key component of asthma-inducing smog.
Just in Time Policy
Implement "Just In Time" purchasing policy and "first in, first out" for chemicals and limit access to hazardous chemicals.
Eliminate Paper Hand Towels
Eliminate paper hand towels by installing air hand dryers in restrooms.
Use Approved Cleaning Products
Stock at least one non-toxic, biodegradable cleaner, such as a multipurpose, glass, restroom, floor or dish washing detergent.
Use Only Low and Zero-VOC Paints
Use solvents and paints that have lower emissions than required by current standards.
12 Measures Required
Eliminate irrigation and fertilizer
Eliminate irrigation and fertilization by planting native and drought resistant vegetation only.
test irrigation system
Manually check for leaks, and repair all broken sprinkler heads/equipment monthly. Turn on irrigation system and walk each station to check for leaks and proper coverage.
Adjust sprinklers for proper coverage
Adjust sprinklers for proper coverage to achieve even water distribution and to eliminate all runoff into paved surfaces.
Non-daylight hours Watering
Set the irrigation controller start time during non-daylight hours (before 7 am or after 9 pm). Watering in early morning or dusk helps avoid evaporation
Decrease impervious surface area
Reduce the amount of impervious surface by using permeable pavement and other options.
Apply 2-3 inches of mulch in all non-turf planting areas.
Make necessary changes to assure proper hydro-zoning (grouping of plants with similar water needs and sprinkler types) of irrigated areas, for example, separate bed and turf zones.
Install rotating nozzles on all sprinkler heads.
Install non-spray or drip irrigation in all shrub, tree, and planted bed zones.
turf grass watering
Reduce turf grass water consumption by eliminating watering, and allow the grass to go dormant. It will come back!
Use captured rainwater or recycled graywater for irrigation.
Plant / maintain trees to help reduce amount of water runoff.
irrigation efficiency training
Provide irrigation efficiency training for all landscape staff or contractors through a reputable training program.
Storm Drain Litter
Prevent litter from entering the storm drain by regularly cleaning litter and debris in front of your business, by dumpsters, and in receiving areas. Ensure tight-fitting lids on dumpsters.
chemical storage areas
Locate chemical storage areas away from catch basins, drywells, and floor drains.
Prevent soil from washing into storm drains
Mulch, use ground cover, or use a barrier to prevent exposed soil from washing into storm drain.
outdoor areas dry sweeping
Use dry sweeping to clean concrete or asphalt surfaces instead of using water to wash down surfaces. Use high pressure, low water use cleaning techniques only when necessary. Always send wastewater from pressure washing to landscaping or the sewer not the storm drain.
Never use a hose and/or soap to clean outdoor areas. This includes parking lots, sidewalks, alleys or patios.
Label storm drains with "No Dumping, Drains to (appropriate body of water)" message.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program
Eliminate or reduce use of chemical pesticides by:
- Specifying in pest control contracts that primary pest management methods include non-chemical pest prevention and pest exclusion.
- Using traps, barriers and less toxic pesticides (such as soaps, oils, microbial and baits)
- Applying on an as-needed (vs. Set) schedule.
- When chemical pesticides are necessary, use those labeled "caution" rather than "warning" or "danger".
- Set up storage and sanitation procedures
- Utilizing planting, irrigation and cultivation (e.g., pest-resistant plants) to minimize pest attractants.
Prevent pest attraction
Prevent pest attraction by eliminating improperly stored foods, open trash bins, and dense foliage around your building.
Prevent erosion during earth disturbing activities by using mulch, ground cover, or barriers.
vehicle spill kit
Keep a spill kit handy to collect spills or leaks from company vehicles.
Drain carwash water into sewer
Carwash water should NOT enter storm drains, catch basins, dry wells, or retention/detention ponds. Perform vehicle maintenance, repair, and washing offsite.
5 Measures Required
Install these devices on all ""non-critical use"" lavatory faucets to reduce water use.
Standard aerators are devices that are designed to reduce the flow of the water coming out of the faucet while introducing air into the water flow. That is why they are called ""aerators"". Aerators will usually have a rated flow (in gallons per minute or gpm) imprinted on the side. If there appears to be an aerator installed, but there is no flow rate stamped on the side, the aerator may not be a low flow type and should be replaced with a new one.
Some designer faucets have an internal built in ""laminar"" restrictor. Laminar restrictors work differently than standard faucet aerators by producing dozens of parallel streams of water. A business can ask the manufacturer for the flow rate of these faucets
Track Water Use
Review your water bill monthly for leak/spike indications.
Leak Detection and Repair
Regularly check for and repair all leaks in your facility
high efficiency toilets and urinals
When renovating replace all urinals flushing at greater than 1.0 gallon with high efficiency urinals, flushing at less than 0.5 gallons, or waterless urinals. Retrofit toilets flushing at higher than 1.6 gallons with high efficiency toilets (1.28 gallons or less per flush).
Maintain water pressure between 60-80 PSI to optimize performance
Encourage water conservation
Encourage water conservation and post signs in restrooms and break rooms.
Change window cleaning to ""as required""
Install low flow self-closing or automatic & sensor faucets.
Optimize cooling systems to provide or use alternative onsite sources of water.