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Green Practices & Legend

Here are some ways you can Green your business.

GreenList Louisville is a clearinghouse of businesses, services and organizations that help create sustainable Louisville in one way or many. Some offer green foods or products, provide education, provide technology, provide alternative and natural healthcare, and more.

Additionally, many of our local enterprises operate in an environmentally kind manner. We want to help people appreciate each business philosophy. Below are eight groups of criteria we use to evaluate and educate business practices.

Air Quality

An uphill battle against our city's particulate plethora

Air Quality
  • HEPA filters are used on vacuums and HVAC systems.
  • HVAC systems are maintained for best efficiency.
  • Low VOC/no VOC cleaning products are used.
  • Low VOC/no VOC paints and finishes are used.
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Communication & Education

Communicating and educating others about Green Practices

Communication & Education
  • Staff are educated at least annually about factors that drive sustainability of the business.
  • There is active improvement based on feedback from customers.
  • There is a formal environmental impact plan in place.
  • There is a green policy posted in the store or office and included in advertising.

Energy Efficiency

Simple steps to reduce energy consumption

Energy Efficiency
  • Computers are turned off at the end of the day.
  • EON Green Energy credits are used.
  • Geothermal system for Heating and Cooling
  • Incandescent light bulbs are replaced with compact fluorescents or LED.
  • Lights are turned off when not in use.
  • On-site energy audit has been performed.
  • Programmable thermostat is used.

Landscape

Native flora and sustainable planting methods

Landscape
  • Green roofs are used.
  • Landscape waste is recycled or composted.
  • Landscaping is done with native plants.
  • Organic fertilizer and pest control is used.
  • Permeable pavement is used.
  • Rain water is collected and used.

Purchasing

Spending money locally and investing in sustainable practices

Purchasing
  • Fair Trade products are purchased when possible.
  • Local food is purchased when possible.
  • Local suppliers are used when possible.
  • Organic food is purchased when possible.
  • Re-usable products are purchased when possible.
  • Suppliers reuse pallets, etc.

Reduce/Reuse/Recycle

Solid Waste Reduction, Reuse of Material & Recycling

Reduce/Reuse/Recycle
  • Advertising and educational material is printed on recycled or SFI certified paper with soy based ink.
  • Batteries and electronics are properly disposed of.
  • Building and remodeling are done with sustainable practices.
  • Compact florescent bulbs are used and properly recycled.
  • Compostable food service items are used.
  • Food wastes are composted.
  • Hazardous waste is identified and properly disposed of or recycled.
  • Landscape/yard wastes are composted.
  • Obsolete inventory, excess food, unused furniture, etc. are donated to charities.
  • Office paper, paper towels, toilet tissue & paper napkins are minimum 30% recycled material.
  • Paperwork becomes paperless (is done electronically) as much as possible.
  • Printers and copiers default to 2-sided printing.
  • Reusable goods are used instead of disposable. (Example; refillable dispensers, reusable food service items.)
  • There is a recycling program in place that involves both employees and customers. (Including recycling bins that make it easy to recycle.)
  • Use of plastic bags minimized or eliminated.

Transportation

Encourage walking, biking, riding public transit and/or carpooling

Transportation
  • Company is bicycle and pedestrian friendly.
  • Company vehicles are hybrid or use non-petroleum based fuels.
  • Vehicles are maintained for maximum efficiency.
  • Video conferencing and teleconferencing replace travel whenever possible.

Water Efficiency

There are many ways to capture and reduce usage of water

Water Efficiency
  • Hazardous chemicals are disposed of properly and are not poured down sinks or toilets.
  • Low flow fixtures are used.
  • Non-toxic, bio-degradable cleaning products are used.
  • Outdoor surfaces are swept or vacuumed instead of washing down with a hose. (parking lots, sidewalks, etc.)
  • Prescription drugs are disposed of properly and are not poured down sinks or toilets.
  • Reclaimed water or rain barrels are used for landscape maintenance.
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