1901 Centre Ave, Ste 103
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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).
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.
Minority, LGBT, or Woman-owned Business
The business is a minority, LGBTQ+, or woman-owned business.
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).
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).
Cooperative Purchasing With Local Businesses
The business engages in cooperative purchasing with other local businesses or organizations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eliminated Plastic Bag Use
The business has eliminated the use of plastic bags for customer transactions.
Energy Conservation and Management
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.”