4523 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Energy Conservation and Management
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.
or has energy-saving guidelines as to when to adjust its thermostat, such as what temperature should be set the end of the day or when the business is not open (if answered NO to above).
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.
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.
Incandescent Light Replacement
The business has replaced its incandescent light bulbs (as they have burned out) with CFLs or LEDs.
Sets Water Heater to 120°F
The business sets its water heater(s) to 120°F, if its water heater uses a tank.
The business has a cool/white roof.
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]).
Asks Customers About Bags
or asks customers if they would like a bag before bagging their items (if answered NO to above).
The business is aware of the amount of waste it produces and disposes of and tracks its progress on waste reduction.
The business recycles larger "hard-to-recycle" items that are able to be recycled (e.g., refrigerators, furniture, etc.).
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.
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.
Supports Fair-trade Items
The business supports fair-trade items.
Water Conservation and Management
The business is aware of what happens to the stormwater leaving its property.
Business Operations and Practices
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.
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.
The business prohibits discrimination in both hiring and customer service, and values inclusion and diversity.
Minority, LGBT, or Woman-owned Business
The business is a minority, LGBTQ+, or woman-owned business.
Owner Lives Within 5 Miles
The business is owned by a proprietor who lives within 5 miles of his or her business.