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
  • 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.
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This location is managed sustainably because they:

  • 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
  • Use programmable thermostats and/or "range" controls (e.g., two degrees up & down)
    • 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
    • Separately meter electric where applicable (tenants, server rooms, HVAC)
      • 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
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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 our flooring products & sealants adhere to sustainable certification (FloorScore®, Green Seal™, etc.)
      • Prioritize purchasing organic food items and/or food items harvested & processed within 250 miles, as well as
        • Prioritize purchasing food items labeled USDA Organic
        • Prioritize purchasing food items certified by: Food Alliance™, Rainforest Alliance™, Protected Harvest™ or Fair Trade®
      • 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 products made from recycled content, such as
          • 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 products made from rapidly renewable materials, such as
          • 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
            • 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
              • Implement methods to recycle and/or divert these specialized items: Fluorescent bulbs
              • Implement methods to recycle and/or divert these specialized items: CFCs
              • Implement methods to recycle and/or divert these specialized items: Other
              • 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 a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or similar sustainability reporting initiative
              • 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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