908 Galveston Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Energy Conservation and Management
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).
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.
Computer Power Settings
The business has adjusted the power settings on its computers to save energy.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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).
Sustainable Practices Training
The business includes sustainable practices in the training of new and existing employees.
Sponsors Community/School Events
The business sponsors community or school events.
Owner Participates as Local Leader
The business owner participates in/is a member of a community-oriented committee, board or local business association.
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.
Minority, LGBT, or Woman-owned Business
The business is a minority, LGBTQ+, or woman-owned business.
Innovation Bonus 1
Tell us about a sustainable initiative not listed in the questionnaire. List sustainable practice:
We ask customers if they would like a bag (paper) rather than automatically providing one. We reuse shipping boxes. All of the rugs in the bookstore are used/antique.
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]).
The business has undergone a waste audit or assessment in the past five years.
B. Yes, we have conducted our own waste audit/assessment
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.
Eliminated Plastic Bag Use
The business has eliminated the use of plastic bags for customer transactions.
Employees Bike or Walk
The business has employees who bike or walk to and from work.
The business has a bike rack outside its building for customer and employee use, or covered/indoor bike storage space.
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).
Supports Fair-trade Items
The business supports fair-trade items.