3453 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
LED Exit Signs
The business has replaced existing exit signs with LED models or has retrofitted an existing exit sign with LEDs.
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.
Toilet Water Savers
The business has put water savers in its toilet tanks (e.g., Toilet Tummy).
The business has undergone a water audit or assessment in the past five years.
A. Yes, we have undergone a professional water audit/assessment
Products, Services, and Purchasing
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).
Cooperative Purchasing With Local Businesses
The business engages in cooperative purchasing with other local businesses or organizations.
Biodegradable/Environmentally-friendly Cleaning Supplies
The business uses biodegradable, environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies (if allowed by law for its industry/sector).
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.
Innovation Bonus 1
Tell us about a sustainable initiative not listed in the questionnaire. List sustainable practice:
We use only recycled alloys in our jewelry and ethically sourced gems
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 a cool/white roof.
Silver LEED Certification
The business resides in a building that has attained Silver certification or better under any LEED rating system.
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.
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.
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.