7607 McKnight Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Products, Services, and Purchasing
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).
Innovation Bonus 1
Tell us about a sustainable initiative not listed in the questionnaire. List sustainable practice:
Our business is a nonprofit women's resale shop. ALL of our merchandise, clothing, accessories, etc., is previously owned and donated to our mission. Because we have cultivated a very generous donor base, we are able to meticulously vet donations for our mission. Merchandise that does not pass our "hanger worthy" standard are donated to another nonprofit to be re-distributed to their resale shops, thereby avoiding landfills.
Water Conservation and Management
Permeable/Pervious Paving Use
The business uses permeable/pervious paving in place of non-porous concrete or asphalt.
B. No, but we have assessed opportunities to install permeable/pervious paving
Outdoor Watering Timeline
The business waters its outdoor plants/grass before 10 am or after 6 pm.
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.
The business is aware of what happens to the stormwater leaving its property.
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.
Pursuing Sustainability Grants
The business has pursued grants for energy efficiency or other sustainability projects, façade improvements, and/or anything else that seeks to improve the business’s performance.
The business has a written sustainability policy, sustainability goals, or sustainability principles to guide its operations.
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.
Minority, LGBT, or Woman-owned Business
The business is a minority, LGBTQ+, or woman-owned business.
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]).
Owner Lives Within 5 Miles
The business is owned by a proprietor who lives within 5 miles of his or her business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.