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
  • 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 certified environmentally-friendly cleaning products
  • 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
  • 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 policy on green cleaning
  • 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
  • Implement a space-wide non-smoking policy
  • Implement a building perimeter non-smoking policy which exceeds 20 ft.
  • 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
  • Initiated a third-party energy audit
  • Initiated a commissioning plan prepared by a qualified third-party
    • Implemented up to 25% of the recommendations from our commissioning plan
    • Implemented up to 50% of the recommendations from our commissioning plan
  • Ensure all individuals have task lighting controls to reduce overall lighting usage
  • Have common area lighting on automatic timers & occupancy sensors
    • Ensure all common area lighting is on automatic timers & occupancy sensors
  • Implement daytime cleaning
  • Make it a priority to purchase all Energy Star® Certified appliances & equipment
  • Use programmable thermostats and/or "range" controls (e.g., two degrees up & down)
    • Use thermostat timers to control peak vs. non-peak loads
  • 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
  • Separately meter electric where applicable (tenants, server rooms, HVAC)
    • Separately meter electric for all tenants
  • Use a high-efficiency boiler or hot-water system
    • Use a high-efficiency water temperature control and/or pumping system
  • 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 our flooring products & sealants adhere to sustainable certification (FloorScore®, Green Seal™, etc.)
  • 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
  • Prioritize purchasing products made from FSC® or SFI® Certified materials, such as
    • Prioritize purchasing furniture items made from FSC® or SFI® Certified materials
    • Prioritize purchasing paper, toner cartridges & other office supplies made from FSC® or SFI® Certified materials
    • Prioritize purchasing building materials for facility construction, renovation & fit-outs made from FSC® or SFI® Certified materials
    • Prioritize purchasing cabinets, countertops & flooring made from FSC® or SFI® Certified materials
  • Prioritize purchasing > 50% of supplies harvested & manufactured within 500 miles, such as
    • Prioritize purchasing > 50% furniture items harvested & manufactured within 500 miles
    • Prioritize purchasing > 50% paper, toner cartridges & other office supplies harvested & manufactured within 500 miles
    • Prioritize purchasing > 50% building materials for facility construction, renovation & fit-outs harvested & manufactured within 500 miles
    • Prioritize purchasing > 50% cabinets, countertops & flooring harvested & manufactured within 500 miles
  • Prioritize purchasing 100% of supplies harvested & manufactured within 500 miles, such as
    • Prioritize purchasing 100% furniture items harvested & manufactured within 500 miles
    • Prioritize purchasing 100% paper, toner cartridges & other office supplies harvested & manufactured within 500 miles
    • Prioritize purchasing 100% building materials for facility construction, renovation & fit-outs harvested & manufactured within 500 miles
    • Prioritize purchasing 100% cabinets, countertops & flooring harvested & manufactured within 500 miles
  • Prioritize purchasing products made from recycled content, such as
    • Prioritize purchasing furniture items made from recycled content
    • Prioritize purchasing paper, toner cartridges & other office supplies made from recycled content
    • Prioritize purchasing building materials for facility construction, renovation & fit-outs made from recycled content
    • Prioritize purchasing cabinets, countertops & flooring made from recycled content
  • Prioritize purchasing products made from rapidly renewable materials, such as
    • Prioritize purchasing furniture items made from rapidly renewable materials
    • Prioritize purchasing building materials for facility construction, renovation & fit-outs made from rapidly renewable materials
    • Prioritize purchasing cabinets, countertops & flooring made from rapidly renewable materials
  • Have a written policy which commits to purchasing environmentally-preferable products
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This location is managed sustainably because they:

  • Incorporate native plant species & perennials onsite, to reduce irrigation use
  • Meter our landscape irrigation
  • Use high-efficiency toilet flushing mechanisms
    • Use dual-flush 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 a written policy which commits to reducing our indoor water use
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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: Hazardous materials
    • Implement methods to recycle and/or divert these specialized items: CFCs
    • Implement methods to recycle and/or divert these specialized items: Other
    • Set all common area printers to default to draft quality and/or black/white or grayscale print
      • Use reusable dishware, kitchenware & utensils
      • Have a written policy which commits to reducing waste generation and disposal
      • Implement a space-wide recycling policy, which includes a
        • 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
      • 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 an organizational pledge to nurture a sustainable workplace (i.e., Sustainability Mission Statement)
      • Conduct "Green" education programs for our staff &/or stakeholders
      • Provide wellness plans or wellness training for our staff &/or stakeholders
      • Display education stations identifying sustainable practices
      • 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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