731 Allegheny River Blvd
Verona, PA 15147
Energy Conservation and Management
Professional Energy Audit/Assessment Implementation
and has begun to implement recommendations from the audit/assessment (if answered YES to professional audit).
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.
Purchased Energy Certificates/Credits/Carbon Offsets
The business has purchased renewable energy certificates, carbon offsets, or clean energy credits.
The business has undergone an energy audit or assessment in the past five years
A. Yes, we have undergone a professional energy audit/assessment
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.
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.
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.
Solar Lights/Outdoor Timers
The business uses solar lights or timers for outdoor lighting.
Business Operations and Practices
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.
Minority, LGBT, or Woman-owned Business
The business is a minority, LGBTQ+, or woman-owned business.
Health Benefits to Full-time Employees
The business offers health benefits to its full-time employees, if it has more than two employees.
The business has a marketing plan.
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.).
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 has a written sustainability policy, sustainability goals, or sustainability principles to guide its operations.
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 is aware of what happens to the stormwater leaving its property.
The business has installed at least one WaterSense approved water fixture, such as a faucet, toilet, urinal, or related accessories.
Dual Flush Toilets
The business uses dual flush toilets or has converted a standard toilet to dual-flush.
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 green/vegetated roof.
Employees Ride Share
The business has employees who share car or van rides to commute to and from work.
Owner Lives Within 5 Miles
The business is owned by a proprietor who lives within 5 miles of his or her business.
Employees Bike or Walk
The business has employees who bike or walk to and from work.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
Green Seal®-Certified Products
The business only purchases products and services that are Green Seal®-certified, when possible.
Innovation Bonus 1
Tell us about a sustainable initiative not listed in the questionnaire. List sustainable practice:
We change all our lighting to LED...also recycle all our despossable waste.