What Businesses Can Do
What Businesses Can Do to be More Sustainable
Companies of any size can make a big difference in reducing environmental impact in Cranberry.
Small Business Resources
Does your SMALL company want to make BIG changes, but you don't know where to start? Here are some resources for smaller businesses that want to take big steps toward becoming more sustainable:
The Green Business Network
Green America's Green Business Network™ is the first, largest, and most diverse network of socially and environmentally responsible businesses in the country. Providing tools and information to help you thrive in today's competitive green marketplace, visit them at www.greenbusinessnetwork.org
Green Seal is a non-profit organization that uses science-based programs to empower consumers, purchasers and companies to create a more sustainable world. Green Seal has been actively identifying and promoting sustainability in the marketplace, and helping organizations be greener in a real and effective way since 1989. Visit them at www.greenseal.org .
- If your business would like to make progress toward sustainability but has limited resources, you won't regret starting with these easy and inexpensive steps!
- Encourage alternative transportation by starting a car-pool sign-up or offering perks for biking or walking to work.
- Enable your computer's energy-saving features. Features like "sleep" mode are built into your operating system and will save energy instantly when computers are not in use!
- Create a workplace recycling program. Designate a person or team to oversee the initiative.
For companies that want to make sustainability a top priority, take these steps and you will see an increase in your triple bottom line!
- Pursue national Energy Star ratings or LEED building certifications to gain a competitive advantage. Third party certifications show consumers that you are serious about the environment.
- Take alternative transportation to the next level by considering tele-commuting. Review each position in your company to consider feasibility, and you could drastically reduce your overall footprint. And remember, you can adapt this at whatever level is right for your business. It can also save you money.
- In addition to a workplace recycling program, try to create less waste in the first place. Designate a waste-free lunch day once per week and see how much trash you save! On these days, ask employees to bring lunch in a re-usable container or bag, their own silverware, a cloth napkin, and a refillable drink container.