One Allegheny Square, Nova Tower One, Ste 102
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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.
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.
Guards Against Corruption
The business has policies or code of ethics that guard against corruption.
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).
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.
Pays Living Wages
The business pays living wages to all of its employees.
Health Benefits to Full-time Employees
The business offers health benefits to its full-time employees, if it has more than two employees.
Innovation Bonus 1
Tell us about a sustainable initiative not listed in the questionnaire. List sustainable practice:
we use re-usable cups and plates and silverware in lieu of plastic/paper ware. we do B. Not use bottled water in the office. we use re-usable towels. we plan to compost this year. we plan to have an office herb/veggie garden.
Former Blighted/Abandoned Property
The business occupies a formerly blighted/abandoned property, putting it back into productive use.
The business has a cool/white roof.
Employees Use Public/Alternative Transport
The business has employees who use public transit or hybrid, electric, or alternative fuel vehicles to commute to and from work.
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.
Hybrid/Electric/Alternative Vehicles for Business Travel
The business uses hybrid, electric, or alternative fuel vehicles for its business-related travel.
The business uses "print preview" on their word processor to reduce wasteful printing.
Energy Conservation and Management
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 multi-pane and/or energy-efficient windows.
The business has insulated its pipes and ducts, ceilings, and walls.
Incandescent Light Replacement
The business has replaced its incandescent light bulbs (as they have burned out) with CFLs or LEDs.
LED Exit Signs
The business has replaced existing exit signs with LED models or has retrofitted an existing exit sign with LEDs.