list of sustainable businesses

This location is managed sustainably because they:

  • Implement a space-wide policy to minimize the use of toxic pesticides
  • Use mats, rugs & grates at building entrances to manage particulates
  • Implement a pest-management plan to reduce or eliminate sources of food, water & shelter
  • Measure internal humidity in at least 50% of our space
  • Seal our supply & return air duct openings during construction activity
  • Provide shading devices or tinted windows to control sunlight
    • Provide specialized shading devices, such as light shelves
  • Use only low-VOC interior paints
    • Use only no-VOC interior paints
  • Use only low-VOC interior sealants & coatings
    • Use only no-VOC interior sealants & coatings
  • Use a carbon dioxide (CO2) and/or carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring system
    • Continuously monitor our indoor air for CO2 or CO
  • Have daylight accessible to at least 50% of our occupants
    • Have daylight accessible to at least 75+% of our occupants
    • Have daylight accessible to 100% of our occupants
  • Maintain and clean our HVAC at least twice per calendar year
    • Change or clean our HVAC filters at least quarterly
  • Optimize our indoor air system with filters rated MERV 8 or greater
    • Change or clean our HVAC filters at least quarterly
  • Optimize our indoor air system with the use of economizers, air handling units, etc
  • Implement a space-wide non-smoking policy
  • Conduct occupancy surveys addressing thermal comfort, indoor air, acoustics, lighting &/or safety
    • Developed a plan to address our thermal comfort, indoor air, acoustics, lighting &/or safety
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This location is managed sustainably because they:

  • Have wrapped and/or insulated ductwork
  • Have insulated roof & walls, defined by values R-19 or greater
  • Make it a priority to purchase all Energy Star® Certified appliances & equipment
  • Have common area lighting on automatic timers & occupancy sensors
    • Ensure all common area lighting is on automatic timers & occupancy sensors
    • Ensure all applicable lighting is on automatic timers & occupancy sensors
  • Implement daytime cleaning
  • Use programmable thermostats and/or "range" controls (e.g., two degrees up & down)
    • Use thermostat timers to control peak vs. non-peak loads
    • Use comprehensive "smart-temp" controls that include humidity monitoring
  • Use automatic controls, timers or a building automation system for our primary HVAC
  • Implement zoned temperature controls or another building management system
    • Have individual temperature controls for at least 50% of our occupants
  • Have a policy to phase all incandescent lighting to CFL, LED or better
    • Ensure all our applicable interior lighting is CFL, LED or better
  • Have a policy to phase all ballasted lighting fixtures to T8 or better
    • Ensure all ballasted lighting fixtures are T8 or better
    • Ensure all ballasted lighting fixtures are energy efficient, uplit ambient lighting
  • Have a written policy which commits to energy-efficient operations
  • Practice powering-down during unoccupied times (computers, lights)
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This location is managed sustainably because they:

  • Ensure all new flooring purchases will comprise of recycled carpet fibers, carpet tiles and/or other sustainable flooring
    • Ensure all new flooring contains low or no-VOC content
    • Ensure all new flooring contains at least 10% of content derived from recycled fibers
    • Ensure 100% of our current flooring is comprised of recycled carpet fibers, tiles and/or other sustainable flooring
  • Ensure all new product purchases contain no added urea-formaldehyde, such as
    • Ensure all new furniture purchases contain no added urea-formaldehyde
    • Ensure all new building materials for facility construction, renovation & fit-outs contain no added urea-formaldehyde
    • Ensure all new cabinet, countertop & flooring purchases contain no added urea-formaldehyde
  • Have a written policy which commits to purchasing environmentally-preferable products
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This location is managed sustainably because they:

  • Have a system to capture rainwater and/or greywater
    • Reuse captured rainwater and/or greywater
  • Separately meter our physical plant (boilers, hot water, cooling tower)
  • Use high-efficiency toilet flushing mechanisms
    • Use dual-flush toilet units
    • Use waterless toilet units
  • Use low-flow faucet and/or showerhead fixtures in 50+% of common areas
    • Have low-flow and/or faucet fixtures in 100% of common areas
  • Use motion-sensored faucets & fixtures in 50+% of common areas (kitchens are exempt)
    • Have motion-sensored faucets & fixtures in 100% of common areas
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This location is managed sustainably because they:

  • Occupy our space with reused/recycled furniture & equipment (desks, chairs, cubicle walls & cabinets)
    • Occupy 25+% of our space with reused/recycled furniture & equipment
    • Occupy 50+% of our space with reused/recycled furniture & equipment
  • Use motion-sensored paper towel distributors and/or hands-free, energy efficient dryers
  • Have localized pick-up for recycling: Paper & cardboard
  • Have localized pick-up for recycling: Glass
  • Have localized pick-up for recycling: Metal
  • Have localized pick-up for recycling: Composting (on-site or off-site)
  • Implement methods to recycle and/or divert these specialized items: Fluorescent bulbs
  • Set all common area printers to default to double-sided or scrap paper printing
    • Ensure all print users default to double-sided or scrap paper printing
  • Have a written policy which commits to reducing waste generation and disposal
  • Implement a space-wide recycling policy, which includes a
    • Have a 2+ can segregated recycling system (separate wet & dry waste)
    • Have a single can commingled recycling system, intended to be separated offsite
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This location is managed sustainably because they:

  • Have outdoor green spaces and/or picnic areas
  • Incorporate an effecient space plan and/or promote a flexible, mobile work environment
  • Promote stakeholder community initiatives and/or volunteerism
  • Have preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles and carpooling
  • Promote and/or incentivize use of mass transit
  • Have on-site shower facilities
  • Have on-site bike storage
  • Completed facility renovations & additions that exceeded code requirements for energy efficiency
  • Have an on-site garden and/or indoor plants
  • Have localized pick-up for recycling: Plastic
  • Have localized pick-up for recycling: Electrical equipment (computers, etc.)
  • Have an organizational pledge to nurture a sustainable workplace (i.e., Sustainability Mission Statement)
  • Have an individual appointed to specifically oversee sustainable operations and/or reporting
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Sustainable businesses and buildings in Pittsburgh, PA

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