428 Bingham St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Business Operations and Practices
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.
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.).
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.
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 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.
Eliminated Plastic Bag Use
The business has eliminated the use of plastic bags for customer transactions.
The business uses "print preview" on their word processor to reduce wasteful printing.
Owner Lives Within 5 Miles
The business is owned by a proprietor who lives within 5 miles of his or her business.
The business has a bike rack outside its building for customer and employee use, or covered/indoor bike storage space.
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.
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).
Innovation Bonus 1
Tell us about a sustainable initiative not listed in the questionnaire. List sustainable practice:
in our industry spray adhesive is widely used, creating tons of VOC. we use zero aerosol here. we also use as much PVC free inks as we can. Poly Vinyl Chloride is harmful to produce and emits Dioxons in the environment.
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.
Purchased Energy Certificates/Credits/Carbon Offsets
The business has purchased renewable energy certificates, carbon offsets, or clean energy credits.
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.)
Computer Power Settings
The business has adjusted the power settings on its computers to save energy.
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").
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.
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.).
Toilet Water Savers
The business has put water savers in its toilet tanks (e.g., Toilet Tummy).