10 Sedgwick St
Millvale, PA 15209
Seeking Silver LEED Certification
or is seeking to attain Silver certification or better under LEED (if answered NO above).
Eliminated Harmful Chemicals for Pest Control
The business has eliminated the use of harmful chemicals for pest control, both inside and outside its building.
Low Use of VOCs
The business only uses or has only used paints, finishes, coatings, stains, primers, adhesives, and sealants that are low-emitting (i.e., low in volatile organic chemicals [VOCs]).
Employees Ride Share
The business has employees who share car or van rides to commute to and from work.
Owner Lives Within 5 Miles
The business is owned by a proprietor who lives within 5 miles of his or her business.
Employees Bike or Walk
The business has employees who bike or walk to and from work.
The business uses "print preview" on their word processor to reduce wasteful printing.
The business is aware of the amount of waste it produces and disposes of and tracks its progress on waste reduction.
Waste Reduction/Recycling Policy
The business has a waste reduction and recycling policy and has informed its employees about waste reduction and proper recycling practices.
The business recycles larger "hard-to-recycle" items that are able to be recycled (e.g., refrigerators, furniture, etc.).
Donates Usable Items
The business donates usable items, such as furniture, shelving, etc. to organizations such as Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, Construction Junction, Goodwill, or others.
Sells Used Items
The business sells used, antique or "upcycled" items, or specializes in repairing items, diverting them from landfill and putting them back into productive use.
Asks Customers About Bags
or asks customers if they would like a bag before bagging their items (if answered NO to above).
The business has undergone a waste audit or assessment in the past five years.
B. Yes, we have conducted our own waste audit/assessment
Own Waste Audit/Assessment Implementation
and has begun to address the results from the audit/assessment (if answered YES to own audit).
Energy Conservation and Management
Energy Use Tracking
The Business is aware of how much energy it uses and tracks its monthly progress on energy savings.
Sets Water Heater to 120°F
The business sets its water heater(s) to 120°F, if its water heater uses a tank.
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
The business uses ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to track its energy usage.
Assessed Energy Certificates/Credits/Carbon Offsets
or has assessed opportunities to purchase renewable energy certificates, carbon offsets, or clean energy credits (if answered NO to above).
The business has undergone an energy audit or assessment in the past five years
A. Yes, we have undergone a professional energy audit/assessment
Professional Energy Audit/Assessment Implementation
and has begun to implement recommendations from the audit/assessment (if answered YES to professional audit).
Computer Power Settings
The business has adjusted the power settings on its computers to save energy.
The business unplugs little-used appliances, electronic equipment, and lighting fixtures to avoid “phantom load.”
ENERGY STAR Product
The business uses at least one ENERGY STAR approved product, such as an HVAC unit, refrigerator, dishwasher, or computer (look for a blue ENERGY STAR logo on the product.)
The business uses natural cooling (e.g., opening windows and doors) in place of air conditioning, when feasible.
The business uses a programmable thermostat and sets it lower in the winter and higher in the summer.
HVAC System Cleaning
The business replaces filters and or cleans its HVAC system.
The business has sealed leaks around doors, windows, outlets, corners, and other joints ("weatherization").
The business uses multi-pane and/or energy-efficient windows.
The business has insulated its pipes and ducts, ceilings, and walls.
Assessed Alternative Heating System Installation
or has assessed opportunities to install an alternative heating system (if answered NO to above).
Fluorescent Light Replacement
The business has replaced its fluorescent light bulbs or tubes (as they have burned out) with low-mercury fluorescent light bulbs or tubes.
The business uses task lighting and/or zone lighting instead of entire-room overhead lighting.
Incandescent Light Replacement
The business has replaced its incandescent light bulbs (as they have burned out) with CFLs or LEDs.
T12 Fluorescent Light Replacement
The business has replaced its T12 fluorescent light tubes (as they have burned out) with T8 (or lower) tubes.
Solar Lights/Outdoor Timers
The business uses solar lights or timers for outdoor lighting.
Water Conservation and Management
Water Use Reduction Policy
The business has a water use reduction policy and has informed its employees about proper water conservation techniques (e.g., not leaving the faucet running when water is not being used, ensuring that faucets are completely off and not dripping, etc.).
Tracks Water Usage
The business is aware of its water use and tracks its monthly progress on water usage.
The business is aware of what happens to the stormwater leaving its property.
The business uses waterless urinals.
Outdoor Watering Timeline
The business waters its outdoor plants/grass before 10 am or after 6 pm.
Eliminated Unnatural Chemicals on Green Spaces
The business has eliminated the use of any unnatural chemicals on its green spaces or outdoor plants.
The business uses gravel in place of non-porous concrete or asphalt.
The business has planted native or drought-tolerant plants to reduce watering needs.
Permeable/Pervious Paving Use
The business uses permeable/pervious paving in place of non-porous concrete or asphalt.
A. Yes, we use permeable/pervious paving in place of non-porous concrete or asphalt
Products, Services, and Purchasing
25% of Products from Local Markets
The business sells products of which at least 25% are made in local markets (defined as within the commonwealth of Pennsylvania or a 150-mile radius from the business).
Uses Locally-produced Materials
The business uses locally-produced materials when possible, if it manufactures or produces goods (excluding food).
25% of Supplies from Local Suppliers
The business chooses to purchase at least 25% of its operating supplies from locally-owned suppliers.
Biodegradable/Environmentally-friendly Cleaning Supplies
The business uses biodegradable, environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies (if allowed by law for its industry/sector).
30% Post-Consumer Recycled Material Paper Products
The business buys paper products (e.g., printing paper, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.) made with at least 30% post-consumer recycled content.
Paper Products Free of Bleach/Chlorine
The business buys paper products that are free of bleach and/or chlorine.
Supports Fair-trade Items
The business supports fair-trade items.
Sustainable/Environmentally-preferable Purchasing Policy
The business has a sustainable/environmentally-preferable purchasing policy (e.g., it seeks out and buys environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies, furniture, and other items).
Green Seal®-Certified Products
The business only purchases products and services that are Green Seal®-certified, when possible.
Innovation Bonus 1
Tell us about a sustainable initiative not listed in the questionnaire. List sustainable practice:
We utilize items considered as waste food by humans to produce dog food
Business Operations and Practices
Guards Against Corruption
The business has policies or code of ethics that guard against corruption.
Up-to-date Housekeeping Items
The business is up-to-date with its bookkeeping and accounting, cash flow, workplace health and safety, licenses and permits, and insurance policies.
Laws and Regulations Compliance
The business is compliant with all applicable laws and regulations (e.g., taxes, health code, etc.).
The business has a marketing plan.
Customer Service Policy
The business has a written customer service policy/philosophy and follows it (such as a return or refund policy).
Stategic Business Plan
The business has a strategic, future-oriented business plan in place.
Sustainability Initiative Staff
The business has a designated staff member or team responsible for the oversight and implementation of sustainability initiatives (may include business owner).
The business has a written sustainability policy, sustainability goals, or sustainability principles to guide its operations.
Sustainable Practices Training
The business includes sustainable practices in the training of new and existing employees.
Employee Health Encouragement
The business encourages its employees to exercise or stay healthy and fit.
The business markets itself as a local and sustainability-oriented business.
Local Bank Account
The business has chosen an independent, small community bank or credit union to maintain at least one of its business-related checking or savings accounts.
Sponsors Community/School Events
The business sponsors community or school events.
Encourages Employee Community Service
The business encourages its employees to engage in community service, or has designated "volunteer days" or activities for employees (may include business owner).
The business prohibits discrimination in both hiring and customer service, and values inclusion and diversity.
Interviews Wide Range of Candidates
The business ensures that a wide range of candidates are interviewed for job openings.
Pays Living Wages
The business pays living wages to all of its employees.
Minority, LGBT, or Woman-owned Business
The business is a minority, LGBTQ+, or woman-owned business.
Health Benefits to Full-time Employees
The business offers health benefits to its full-time employees, if it has more than two employees.