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
    • 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
    • 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 policy on green cleaning
    • 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 a green vegetated roof
    • Have wrapped and/or insulated ductwork
    • Have insulated roof & walls, defined by values R-19 or greater
    • 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
    • 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
      • Ensure all applicable lighting is on automatic timers & occupancy sensors
    • Implement daytime cleaning
    • 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
    • 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 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 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
    • 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
    • Have a green vegetated roof
    • Separately meter our physical plant (boilers, hot water, cooling tower)
    • Use high-efficiency toilet flushing mechanisms
      • Separately meter water where applicable (separate from main)
        • Separately meter at least 50% of our tenants
        • Separately meter 100% our tenants
      • 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)
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        This location is managed sustainably because they:

        • Occupy our space with reused/recycled furniture & equipment (desks, chairs, cubicle walls & cabinets)
          • 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
          • 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
          • Set all common area printers to default to draft quality and/or black/white or grayscale print
            • Ensure all print users default to draft quality and/or black/white or grayscale print
          • Use reusable dishware, kitchenware & utensils
          • Implement a space-wide recycling policy, which includes a
            • Have a 2+ can segregated recycling system (separate wet & dry waste)
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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
          • Promote and/or incentivize carpooling & car-sharing
          • Promote and/or incentivize use of mass transit
          • Have on-site shower facilities
          • Have on-site bike storage
          • 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
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          Sustainable businesses and buildings in Minneapolis, MN

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