800 South Braddock Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Owner Lives Within 5 Miles
The business is owned by a proprietor who lives within 5 miles of his or her business.
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.
Employees Ride Share
The business has employees who share car or van rides to commute to and from work.
The business uses "print preview" on their word processor to reduce wasteful printing.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Products, Services, and Purchasing
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.
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).
Cooperative Purchasing With Local Businesses
The business engages in cooperative purchasing with other local businesses or organizations.
Innovation Bonus 1
Tell us about a sustainable initiative not listed in the questionnaire. List sustainable practice:
Use of electric work vehicle on facilities. Builds own maintenance tools (clay court drag mats) from discarded old tennis nets. Donates old used tennis balls to organizations that repurpose them. Maintains a rain garden. Uses repurposed locally sourced red brick chips as court material. Does not use any chemicals to control weeds. Uses only hand and electric tools. No gas tools. Has tennis trophies made by local artist from used, discarded and repurposed materials. Conducts program registrations online. Provides racquet and balls for all tennis and soccer participants to share. Uses nail-less clay tennis court lines that last up to 15 years each. Purchases food for staff from businesses on the same neighborhood. Teaches adults, school children and all kids program participants how to maintain the tennis clay courts. Makes all facility users sweep courts and lines after one hr of use, sharing the responsibility and making maintenance a community pride.
Energy Conservation and Management
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.
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 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.)
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.).
The business is aware of what happens to the stormwater leaving its property.
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 rain barrels to capture rainwater for irrigation.
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.
Naturally-filtering Water Catchment System Use
The business has a rain garden, bioswale, wetland, or other naturally-filtering catchment system to minimize the amount of stormwater reaching sewer system.
A. Yes, we have a rain garden, bioswale, wetland, or other naturally-filtering catchment system
Eliminated Harmful Chemicals for Pest Control
The business has eliminated the use of harmful chemicals for pest control, both inside and outside its building.
Former Blighted/Abandoned Property
The business occupies a formerly blighted/abandoned property, putting it back into productive use.
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]).