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  • 1. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATION DEMO REPORTGreenBizCheck - Sydney Sutherland06 December 2011
  • 2. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT1. IntroductionThe following report reflects your current environmental standing and will automaticallyupdate online when you log on and implement new actions.2. InstructionsYou can now begin to improve your environmental score. Section 3 provides you with yourinitial and current scores.Section 4 contains the certification targets you need to reach in order to achieveGreenBizCheck Certification and Section 5 provides you with your scores by individualcategory.Section 6 to Section 12 lists all your available actions, click on any action item andchoose your commitment option. Your score will be updated automatically to reflect yourcommitment.Section 13 contains important templates for contacting your supply chain and internalstakeholders.You can come back to this report page at any time to update actions.3. Overall Score   Target Percentage Bar Your Initial Score 50% Your Current Score 50%4. Certification Targets     Target Percentage Bar Bronze 70% Silver 80% Gold 90%5. Results by Category Category Rate Score Percentage Bar Organisational Procedures Initial 32% Current 32% Energy Efficiency Initial 53% GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 2
  • 3. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT Category Rate Score Percentage Bar Current 53% Waste Reduction and Initial 51% Recycling Current 51% Information Technology Initial 50% Current 50% Transportation and Travel Initial 51% Current 51% General Environmental Initial 65% Issues Current 65% Supply Chain Initial 49% Sustainability Current 49% Carbon Offsetting / Initial 38% Compensation Current 38%The light green check depicts actions that your organization is already doing.The dark green check bolded actions are actions your organization has implemented sinceits GreenBizCheck assessment.Actions yet to be adopted or implemented are bolded without a check.6. Organisational Procedures Our organisation has had a training session to learn about the benefits of greening your business Staff have received the corporate sustainability policy e-document ACTIONS 6.1. Please contact your GreenBizCheck consultant before continuing (3.7%) ACTION We require your organisation to be fully committed to annually reviewing and improving your environmental footprint. Please contact your GreenBizCheck consultant before continuing. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We will contact our GreenBizCheck consultant before continuing We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 3
  • 4. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 6.2. Set up staff eco-suggestion facility (0.56%) ACTION 1. Set up internal online (not paper based) staff eco-suggestion facility 2. Collect suitable suggestions (if possible cc: us at info@greenbizcheck.com) 3. Periodically publish best and most useful eco-suggestions 4. Set up internal reward system for best eco-suggestion(s) 5. Publicise best staff environmental suggestions in periodical email newsletter or email memos. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have set up an internal online (not paper based) staff eco-suggestion facility We can not commit to this action 6.3. Speak with staff about environmental practices on a regular basis (0.37%) ACTION Speak with staff on a regular basis about any new environmental practices you are introducing and regularly review established environmental procedures. FACTS In order for staff to commit to long term environmentally sustainable behaviour, management will need to speak with staff on a regular basis and review and assess progress. Keeping your environmental objectives front of mind will ensure staff understand your motives and will action your requests. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have regular staff meetings speaking about our environmentally policy and expectations We can not commit to this action7. Energy Efficiency We do not have a vending machine for bottles, cans or food We do not have a water cooler Windows are tinted with heat reflective film Our office has optimal air conditioning start / stop settings in operation Our office has a sustainability rating and we aim to maintain or improve the rating Our company has an annual target for greenhouse gas reduction All lights are switched off when there is sufficient daylight GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 4
  • 5. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT Most lighting is 20 watts or less Our organisation has been provided with simple efficiency guidelines for our photocopier ACTIONS 7.1. Increase usage of Green Power (1.11%) ACTION 1. Increase usage of Green Power 2. Search for Green Power on Google FACTS Typical renewable energy sources: solar, wind, biomass, hydro and geothermal; benefits of renewable Green Power: • Create positive publicity and enhance your organisations public image • Demonstrate civic leadership • Avoid carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions • Renewable energy causes far less pollution than the burning of fossil fuels • Generate customer, investor, or stakeholder loyalty and employee pride. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have switched to 100% Green Power We have switched to minimum 80% Green Power We can not commit to this action 2.  Advise Body Corporate / Landlord to only purchase minimum 4 ENERGY STAR rated appliances ACTION 1. Advise your Body Corporate / Landlord to only purchase minimum 4 ENERGY STAR rated appliances. Below is a link to help find suitable appliances: 2. Find ENERGY STAR rated appliances on Google FACTS • Minimum 4 ENERGY STAR rated appliances may be slightly more expensive but the energy savings over the life of the appliance normally more than make up for the higher purchase price and often are tax deductible under government energy saving schemes. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have advised our Body Corporate / Landlord to only purchase minimum 4 ENERGY STAR rated appliances We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 5
  • 6. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 7.3. Switch off all electrical appliances when not in use (1.85%) ACTION Switch off all appliances when not in use - ideally switch off the appliances at the powerpoint. 1. Compile list of appliances that need to be left on 24 hours 2. Assess necessity of 24 hours switched on policy for each appliance 3. Ensure all other appliances are switched off when not in use. Electronics that can be turned off overnight, on weekends and during holidays can be plugged into energy saving devices, such as power strips or smart strips. FACTS Standby power accounts for approximately 10% of total global appliance electricity consumption. COMMITMENT OPTIONS All appliances are now switched off after work, on weekends and during holidays We can not commit to this action 7.4. Improve lighting efficiency (1.85%) ACTION 1. Replace all inefficient lighting and/or bulbs with efficient lighting and/or bulbs (CFLs and LEDs) 2. Reduce the number of lamps per fixture where appropriate 3. Find energy efficient lighting in your local area or find relevant information with Google Search FACTS • An ordinary incandescent bulb converts most of the energy into heat not light. Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) use 75% less energy than an equivalent incandescent bulb and last 8 - 10 times longer. They may be more expensive but this premium is more than compensated over the lifetime of the bulb. • A very recent Osram study shows that LED lamps are more energy-efficient than light bulbs even when the energy used during the manufacturing process is factored into the equation. The report, "Life Cycle Assessment of Illuminants", shows that over the entire life cycle of an incandescent bulb from manufacturing to disposal, the energy it uses is almost five times that used for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LED lamps. Another key finding reveals that CFL and LED lamps use less than 670 kWh of energy during their entire life compared to about 3,302 kWh for incandescent lamps, which translates into an 80 percent energy saving. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have replaced all energy inefficient lighting with energy efficient lighting We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 6
  • 7. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 5.  Always switch off lights in unoccupied areas ACTION 1. Always switch off lights where possible 2. Ask the Body Corporate / Landlord to install motion sensor, infrared or photocell lighting (photocells detect if there is enough natural light and automatically switch off lights) 3. Install programmable automatic lights-off timer. 4. Find Green Electricians in your local area or find relevant information with Google Search 5. Or within Australia find an EcoSmart Electrician in your local area Contact your green / EcoSmart Electrician to discuss the most energy efficient solution for your office, building or factory. FACTS More information about energy efficient lighting: http://www.greenbizcheck.com/fact-sheets/energy- efficient-lighting/ COMMITMENT OPTIONS We always switch off lights when possible and have asked the Body Corporate / Landlord to install motion sensor, infrared or photocell lighting We can not commit to this action 7.6. Install motion, infra-red or photocell sensors (0.56%) ACTION 1. Install motion, infra-red or photocell sensors. 2. Find Green Electricians in your local area or find relevant information with Google Search 3. Or within Australia, find an EcoSmart Electrician in your local area FACTS Occupancy sensors and timers can significantly reduce lighting energy consumption. Although energy savings depend on the size of the area, occupancy pattern, and type of lighting used, the average overall reduction ranges from 35% to 45%. The greatest potential for savings exists in restrooms (up to 90 percent), as well as in corridors and storage areas (up to 80%). Photocells and timers provide similar energy savings, and can result in energy cuts upwards of 10%. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have installed motion, infra-red or photocell sensors in suitable areas We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 7
  • 8. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 7.7. Place "Switch Off" stickers in suitable locations and on appliances (0.19%) ACTION Place "Switch Off" reminders or stickers in suitable locations and on appliances. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have placed "Switch Off" reminders or stickers in suitable locations and on appliances We can not commit to this action 7.8. Switch off printers / photocopiers when not in use (0.93%) ACTION 1. Switch off printers / photocopiers when not in use. 2. Swap single-function printers or photocopiers for Multi Function Centres (MFCs) (i.e. printer, photocopier, scanner and fax) when it comes to replacement of printers / photocopiers (Note: if possible get rid of the fax machine). MFCs have less idle time and are thus much more efficient. FACTS Standby electricity consumption of printers or photocopiers accounts for 60% - 70% of total energy consumption. COMMITMENT OPTIONS All Multi Function Centres / printers / photocopiers are switched off when not in use We can not commit to this action 7.9. Move refrigerator to a cool spot and ensure all seals are working (0.19%) ACTION Move refrigerator to a cool spot and ensure all seals are working. It is generally suggested that you replace your refrigerator if it is older than ten years. Make sure it is a minimum 4 ENERGY STAR rated replacement. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have moved the refrigerator to a cool spot and all seals are working We can not move the refrigerator - all seals are working We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 8
  • 9. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 7.10. Ensure refrigerator and or freezer are set at 3°C (37°F) and around approximately -17°C (1°F) (0.19%) ACTION Ensure refrigerator and or freezer are set at 3°C (37°F) and around approximately -17°C (1°F), respectively. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have set energy efficient refrigerator / freezer temperatures We can not commit to this action 7.11. Only purchase minimum 4 ENERGY STAR kitchen rated appliances (0.37%) ACTION When it comes to replacing your kitchen appliances ensure you only purchase minimum 4 ENERGY STAR rated. FACTS Minimum 4 ENERGY STAR rated appliances may be slightly more expensive but the energy savings over the life of the appliance normally more than make up for the higher purchase price. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We will only purchase minimum 4 ENERGY STAR rated kitchen appliances from now on We can not commit to this action 7.12. Unplug all mobile phone chargers when not in use (0.19%) ACTION Unplug all mobile phone chargers when not in use. FACTS Mobile phone chargers left plugged in without charging a phone continue to use almost as much energy as if they were actually charging the phone. COMMITMENT OPTIONS All mobile phone chargers are unplugged when not charging We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 9
  • 10. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 7.13. Install solar panels (0.93%) ACTION Install solar panels that will reduce your organisations reliance on non renewable resources. FACTS Sunlight, unlike fossil fuel, is a renewable resource and produces no greenhouse gases. Sunlight is also free to use. Once solar technology is installed, your electricity bills will at the very least be greatly reduced if not eliminated entirely. Be sure to review local tax incentives when considering solar panels. COMMITMENT OPTIONS Solar panels have been installed that will cover 81%+ of our energy requirements Solar panels have been installed that will cover 61%-80% of our energy requirements Solar panels have been installed that will cover 31%-60% of our energy requirements Solar panels have been installed that will cover 16%-30% of our energy requirements Solar panels have been installed that will cover 6%-15% of our energy requirements We can not commit to this action 7.14. Use VSD supply fans (0.56%) ACTION Install energy efficient VSD supply fans on suitable equipment. FACTS Energy is saved by replacing mechanical fluid flow controllers with integrated motor speed control. Generally, these energy savings translate into cost savings and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for a given level of production. The advantage gained in both productivity improvements and reduced energy consumption by using AC variable speed drives (VSD) on pumps, fans, compressors and other equipment has been widely documented in the past few years. Variable speed drives can reduce energy costs and prolong the life of equipment by adjusting motor speed to meet load requirements. For example, by lowering fan or pump speed by 15% to 20%, shaft power can be reduced by as much as 30%. COMMITMENT OPTIONS VSD supply fans have been installed on equipment where possible We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 10
  • 11. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 7.15. Install a cooling tower (0.93%) ACTION Install a cooling tower if possible. FACTS Cooling towers are heat removal devices used to transfer process waste heat to the atmosphere. This is an energy saving device and is used to cool the circulating water used in building cooling systems. All cooling towers must meet the following Australian Standards: • AS/NZS 3666.1:2002 - Air-handling and water systems of buildings. Design, installation, and commissioning. • AS/NZS3666.2:2002 - Air-handling and water systems of buildings. Microbial control, operation and maintenance. • AS/NZS 3666.3:2002 - Air Handling and water systems of buildings - Microbial control.Performance- based maintenance of cooling water systems. COMMITMENT OPTIONS A cooling tower has been installed A request for the installation of a cooling tower has been made to body corporate We can not commit to this action 7.16. Install photo cell sensors (or motion / infra-red sensors) (0.19%) ACTION Install photocell or occupancy sensors (or motion / infra-red sensors). Use task lighting to directly illuminate desktops and other spaces without having to use overhead lights. FACTS Occupancy sensors switch lights on and off based on occupancy, time of day, and the rooms ambient light level. Although your organisation may be quite diligent when turning off unnecessary lighting, photocell sensors can detect if there is enough natural daylight and automatically switch off lights when appropriate. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We always switch lights off when there is sufficient natural light and do not need a sensor system We have installed an occupancy-based light control system We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 11
  • 12. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 7.17. Monitor your power consumption (0.37%) ACTION Monitor you power consumption. An accurate power meter is the only way to tell exactly how much energy you are consuming and what products or systems are using the most energy. Find information on purchasing wireless power monitors or find relevant information with Google Search FACTS The basic figures contained within an electricity bill do not give you much information as to where your electricity is consumed - they just tell you how much you have used in total during that period. Therefore it is well worth considering purchasing an electricity usage monitor and using it to see exactly where all your consumption is coming from. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We now monitor our power usage and understand our power consumption We can not commit to this action8. Waste Reduction and Recycling Staff are encouraged to use reusable/washable lunchboxes rather than packaging intense fast food or take-aways We use washable mugs and glasses We have a water filter system in the kitchen or dining area All staff been have advised to scan and email documents rather than sending hard copies All staff are encouraged to proof-read on-screen or to use Print Preview functions before printing hard copies Our organisation predominantly subscribes to electronic, online versions of newspapers, magazines and other publications instead of print We email all staff memos All outgoing emails have the following or similar message at the bottom: Think of our environment, please only print a hard copy if necessary All newspapers, magazines, envelopes, telephone directories and other paper products are recycled All old paper files and records have been recycled We do not send out conventional mail holiday greeting cards Our organisation has undertaken a documented waste minimisation program GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 12
  • 13. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT We have provided all the necessary bins in the appropriate areas All compact fluorescent lights are recycled We regularly check and repair all leaky taps / faucets Efficient margins are set for print jobs Our printers are set up to avoid printing wasted pages All photocopiers and printers have been defaulted to double sided printing We use the reduction capability of your photocopier Our company has a clearly designated smoking area We only use 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable plastic bags We only purchase environmentally preferable stationery ACTIONS 8.1. Conduct a paper usage assessment (0.56%) ACTION Conduct and document a paper usage assessment and implement minimisation actions from there. FACTS If you do not know what your current consumption is or how you use it, how can you measure your improvements? COMMITMENT OPTIONS Paper usage has been assessed and documented and minimisation actions implemented We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 13
  • 14. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 8.2. Set up electronic billing for outgoing bills, invoices and statements (0.93%) ACTION 1. Set up electronic (non-paper based) billing facility 2. Inform all clients (old and new) about changes. FACTS Background: Companies usually pay between 75 cents and $2.00 for each document generated and mailed and pay another $1.25 for each paper check payment they must process, most if not all of which could be eliminated through online bill payment. Benefits of electronic billing: • Substantial cost savings (paper and postage) • Client retention: clients are increasingly demanding electronic billing facilities • Less paper clogging up our landfills. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We will send all bills, invoices and statements electronically We will send at least 80% of all bills, invoices and statements electronically We will send at least 50% of all bills, invoices and statements electronically We will send at least 20% of all bills, invoices and statements electronically We can not commit to this action 8.3. Pay all incoming bills online (0.74%) ACTION Increase electronic payment or direct debits. FACTS Benefits of online bill payment: • Substantial cost and time savings (paper, postage, filing) • Less paper clogging up our landfills. COMMITMENT OPTIONS Whenever possible, we will pay all bills online We will pay at least 80% of all bills online We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 14
  • 15. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 8.4. Only purchase recycled / sustainably sourced paper (1.3%) ACTION 1. Where possible, only purchase 100% recycled / sustainably sourced or non-bleached (or oxygen bleached), maximum post consumer fibre paper - paper, envelopes, compliment slips, business cards, manila folders, notepads, etc. Click here for more info 2. Click Here to view the Corporate Express range. 3. Find recycled paper and stationery suppliers in your local area or find relevant information with Google Search FACTS One popular form of chlorine-free but still whitened paper is oxygen bleached paper. There are three types of oxygen bleaches sold in the consumer market, hydrogen peroxide, sodium percarbonate and sodium perborate. This form of bleaching does not use chlorine and has minimal environmental impact. COMMITMENT OPTIONS All our paper is 100% recycled / sustainably sourced and unbleached (once existing stocks have been used up) At least 80% of our paper is 100% recycled / sustainably sourced and unbleached (once existing stocks have been used up) We can not commit to this action 8.5. Set up paper recycling collection bins next to Multi Function Centres / printers / photocopiers / desks (0.93%) ACTION Set up paper recycling collection bins next to Multi Function Centres (MFCs) / printers / photocopiers and have one for every desk or pod of desks. Click here to view the Corporate Express range. FACTS Get staff into the habit of recycling their unwanted used paper. It takes no extra effort and placed in the right bins will actually help your office stay less cluttered. Nearly 4 billion trees worldwide are cut down each year for paper, representing about 35% of all harvested trees. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have set up paper recycling collection bins in the appropriate areas We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 15
  • 16. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 8.6. Use paper that has only been printed on one side as notepaper (0.19%) ACTION Use paper that has only been printed on one side as notepaper. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We use paper that has only been printed on one side as notepaper We can not commit to this action 8.7. Eliminate hard copy memos (0.93%) ACTION 1. Compile list of current hard-copy memos 2. Advise author of memos to send memos electronically 3. Ensure staff uses "Read Receipt" function for key memos. COMMITMENT OPTIONS All hard copy memos have been eliminated We can not commit to this action 8.8. Collect all unwanted mail and return to sender (0.56%) ACTION 1. Collect all unwanted mail and junk mail over at least three months in central junk mail box 2. Return to sender all junk mail advising that mail is no longer wanted. FACTS • 44% of junk mail is thrown away unopened, but only half that much junk mail (22%) is recycled • 5.6 million tons of catalogs and other direct mail advertisements end up in U.S. landfills annually - enough to fill over 450,000 garbage trucks • The average American household receives unsolicited junk mail equal to 1.5 trees every year more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined. COMMITMENT OPTIONS All unwanted hard copy ( junk) mail has been collected and returned to sender We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 16
  • 17. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 8.9. Eliminate multiple subscriptions to the same publications (0.56%) ACTION 1. Draw up a list of all subscriptions 2. Eliminate dual / multiple subscriptions 3. Circulate popular newspapers and magazines. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have cancelled dual / multiple subscriptions where appropriate We can not commit to this action 8.10. Refill or recycle toner cartridges (1.48%) ACTION 1. Refill or recycle cartridges 2. Click Here to view the Corporate Express range 3. Set up central toner cartridges collection point for end of life cycle cartridges 4. Find printer cartridge recyclers in your local area or find relevant information with Google Search FACTS 80% of the approximately 2 billion printer cartridges used every year end up in landfill. A standard toner cartridge is made up of 5% aluminium, 26% steel, 35% plastic and 32% cardboard packaging. All of this material can be recycled and used in remanufactured cartridges and other things like rulers and park benches. Up to 3.4 litres of oil is needed to make just one new laser print cartridge. Thats enough to service a small car. So although you may be saving trees by recycling paper, it could all be coming undone simply because you dont recycle your toner cartridges. COMMITMENT OPTIONS All toner cartridges are refilled, re-inked or remanufactured and recycled at end of life cycle Most of our printer cartridges are refilled, re-inked or re-manufactured and recycled at end of life cycle We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 17
  • 18. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 8.11. Publish an electronic annual report (1.48%) ACTION 1. Inform relevant regulatory bodies, shareholders, press and board of switch to electronic annual report 2. Prepare electronic annual report 3. Email electronic annual report to relevant regulatory bodies, shareholders, press and board. COMMITMENT OPTIONS Our next annual report will be an electronic version and not paper based We do not have the authority to commit to this action We can not commit to this action 8.12. Eliminate as much direct marketing material sent by mail as possible (1.11%) ACTION 1. Eliminate all direct marketing material sent by mail, including newsletters 2. Advertise virtually: email, web: Google ads, weblinks, blogs, newsrooms, RSS feeds, TV or Radio. 3. Replace existing printed newsletter with electronic email newsletter 4. If you cannot eliminate all direct marketing material sent by mail ensure you use recycled / sustainably sourced paper and environmentally preferable printing processes. 5. Inform all clients regarding change. For environmentally preferable printing options call Corporate Express on 1800 883 331 Click Here to use our email template to inform your clients of the change. FACTS 1. 44% of junk mail is thrown away unopened 2. Globally More than 15 million tons (250 billion pieces) of junk mail are produced every year 3. More than 100 million trees worth of bulk mail arrives in American mail boxes each year - the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months 4. Typically 48% of the solid mass that makes up our landfills is paper and paperboard waste. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have stopped sending out all direct marketing material by conventional mail We have stopped sending out most direct marketing material by conventional mail and when we do we use recycled / sustainably sourced paper with environmentally preferable printing processes We do not have the authority to commit to this action We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 18
  • 19. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 8.13. Increase recycling (1.3%) ACTION You can typically recycle (please check your local council / municipality guidelines): Paper and cardboard; glass bottles and jars; aluminum and steel cans; empty aerosols and clean aluminum foil; plastic yoghurt, margarine and ice cream containers; milk and juice cartons; plastic milk, juice and soft drink bottles; plastic cups; plastic take-away containers; plastic detergent and shampoo bottles. Even your food scraps can be recycled. An organic waste disposal company will pick up your food scraps every couple of days where they are taken to worm farms to convert into a soil conditioner or ask if a staff member would like to take them home for their own compost heap! Link: http://www.greenbizcheck.com/fact-sheets/recycling-facts/ Find recycling companies in your local area or find relevant information with Google Search FACTS Recycling an aluminium can uses only 5% of the energy required to make a new one. Recycling glass 26%. Benefits of recycling: • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions • Delivers significant energy and water savings • Conserves non-renewable virgin resources. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We now provide separate office / workshop / kitchen bins for general waste and other recyclables We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 19
  • 20. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 8.14. Replace fax machine with a scanner (0.93%) ACTION 1. Assess necessity of fax machine 2. Replace fax machine with a scanner where possible. Most MFCs have a fax included. If you use a MFC, place clear signage on in to inform staff of company policy, which should encourage scanning with faxing only used in unavoidable circumstances. FACTS Getting rid of your fax machine will save you paper, ink, energy and money. The US environmental agencys ENERGY STAR program states that a fax machine consumes more electricity than any other office equipment. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have replaced all fax machines with fax modems and/or scanners We can not commit to this action 8.15. Print documents using lowest quality print setting (0.19%) ACTION Print documents using lowest quality print setting. FACTS Your printer has different quality settings that use various amounts of ink. It may be automatically set to print at a higher quality than you need for everyday print jobs. "Draft" mode is quicker and uses less ink. In most cases you can go to Print > Properties > print quality, and select draft quality. In other cases please contact your printer manufacturer or refer to your printer manual. COMMITMENT OPTIONS Where possible we print documents using lowest quality print setting We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 20
  • 21. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 8.16. Request a recycling bin from body corporate, council or recycling provider (1.11%) ACTION Request a recycling bin from body corporate, council or recycling provider. Click here for a recycling bin email template. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have requested a recycling bin We can not commit to this action 8.17. Reduce paper consumption (0.93%) ACTION 1. Review current paper usage 2. Identify areas of wastage (e.g. automatic print-outs, hard copy memos) 3. Eliminate identified areas of paper wastage. Review paperless office guide. COMMITMENT OPTIONS Paper consumption has been assessed and minimisation actions have been implemented We can not commit to this action 8.18. Maintain or recycle original building materials (0.56%) ACTION Reuse large portions of existing structures during renovation or redevelopment. If this is not possible, find a recycling company that will take your used materials or sell them on ebay. When choosing new building material use environmentally friendly materials and companies to replace your existing structure. FACTS Extending the life cycle of existing building stock will conserve resources, retain cultural resources, reduce waste, and reduce environmental impacts of new buildings relating to materials manufacturing and transport. COMMITMENT OPTIONS As much building material as possible is recycled or sold to a recycling company We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 21
  • 22. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 8.19. Define an annual target for office waste going to landfill (0.19%) ACTION Start measuring and documenting your weekly rubbish piles and aim to reduce the amount going into landfill. Install recycling centres in your office for different waste types and encourage staff to recycle. FACTS The environmental impacts from landfill can include: pollution of the local environment (such as contamination of groundwater and/or aquifers by leakage and residual soil contamination during landfill usage, as well as after landfill closure) and offgassing of methane generated by decaying organic wastes (methane is a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide). It can take some materials hundreds of thousands of years to break down. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We are monitoring and documenting our rubbish for landfill and have an annual reduction figure in mind We can not commit to this action 8.20. Have a WEMP Plan (0.56%) ACTION Have a water efficiency management plan (WEMP) conducted at your work place. Anyone operating cooling towers (regardless of their application) are required to prepare and submit a WEMP by law. FACTS The water efficiency planning process includes three key activities for water users: • Accounting for water use; • Identifying water saving actions; and • Preparing a plan to implement the identified action Water Efficiency Management Plans aim to help businesses better manage water use, save on water costs, improve efficiency and reduce business water consumption - by a minimum of 25% or best industry practice - in line with regionally agreed water reductions. COMMITMENT OPTIONS A WEMP has been conducted at our work place and we are following the recommendations for water saving. We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 22
  • 23. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 8.21. Have an annual target for water reduction (0.37%) ACTION Find out what your annual usage of water is and set a reduction goal. FACTS Of all the water in the world, only 3% is fresh. Less than one third of 1% of this fresh water is available for human use. The rest is frozen in glaciers or polar ice caps, or is deep within the earth, beyond our reach. To put it another way, if 100 litres represents the worlds water, about half a tablespoon of it is fresh water available for our use. We cannot afford to waste it. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have set an annual water reduction target We can not commit to this action 8.22. Train staff to recycle (0.56%) ACTION Provide staff with an outline of your stores recycling / pollution prevention program including an explanation of the 3 Rs (reuse, reduce, recycle) and a list of recyclable materials, recycling stations and recycling procedures. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have provided our staff with an outline of our recycling / pollution prevention policy We would like assistance in compiling a recycling / pollution prevention policy We can not commit to this action9. Information Technology Our organisation recycles all its electronic waste Our organisation selects IT hardware vendors based on overall lifecycle Our organisation have a searchable, central, digital document storage repository for frequently used reference documents All workstations / laptops are hibernated if not in use for more than 15 minutes Screensavers are disabled Our organisation purchases downloadable software where possible We only purchase minimum 4 ENERGY STAR rated monitors GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 23
  • 24. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT ACTIONS 9.1. Store correspondence electronically (0.74%) ACTION Review Paperless Guide and assess suitability (link: www.greenbizcheck.com/fact-sheets/paperless-office- guide/.) FACTS Most email correspondence can easily be stored electronically (with suitable back-up). In addition we suggest that other documents are scanned and stored electronically as well - fringe benefit: de-clutters the office and frees up space. Main benefits of electronic data storage: • Protect Critical Business Documents Digitise paper and store electronic files in a secure data facility ensuring business continuity 24/7 • Increase Productivity Find any document in the secure repository in seconds • Reduce Errors Automate and enforce business processes with rules based workflow • Manage Communications Collaborate on documents and processes • Ensure Document Integrity Apply version control on your documents • Comply with Key Government Regulations Utilise records management and email archiving • Control Access Secure documents and workflow by user, department and role. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We will store all correspondence electronically We will store a minumum of 80% of all correspondence electronically We can not commit to this action 9.2. Whenever possible purchase laptops instead of desktops (0.93%) ACTION Whenever possible purchase laptops instead of desktops. Click Here to view the Corporate Express range. FACTS Laptops use at least 50% less energy than desktops, take up less space and can be taken to meetings for presentations. COMMITMENT OPTIONS Whenever possible we purchase laptops instead of desktops We do not have the authority to commit to this action We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 24
  • 25. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 9.3. Switch off all PCs when they are not in use - at the end of the day, on weekends and during holidays (1.48%) ACTION 1. Switch off all PCs when they are not in use - at the end of the day, on weekends and during holidays 2. Ensure all PCs have been set with maximum energy saving parameters in place (link: www.greenbizcheck.com/fact-sheets/efficiency-for-pcs/.) Where applicable instruct your IT department / network operator to install automatic shut-downs for all workstations and peripherals. FACTS Computers are designed to handle approximately 40,000 on/off cycles before causing a fault. You could thus safely turn off your computer every night for 109 years. You can save around $95 annually per desktop by shutting down after hours - e.g. an organisation with 100 desktops can save almost $10,000 by shutting down all PCs. COMMITMENT OPTIONS All workstations / PCs / laptops are shut down when they are not in use We can not commit to this action 9.4. Replace hardware less often (0.93%) ACTION Review your hardware replacement cycle and assess option of replacing less often. Consider replacing your hardware less often; only purchase quality hardware with longer life expectancy and avoid inferior, cheaper equipment that will not last as long. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have reviewed and optimised (lengthened) our hardware replacement cycle We can not commit to this action 9.5. Defragment and maintain computers (0.37%) ACTION Unnecessary applications and fragmented hard drives put extra load on CPUs. Constantly maintain computers by defragging them and uninstalling unnecessary applications. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We regularly (every 6 months) defragment computers We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 25
  • 26. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 9.6. Compile IT inventory list and assess energy efficiency and need for each component (0.37%) ACTION 1. Compile a list of all IT equipment 2. Assess need for each component 3. Donate, recycle, reallocate appliances COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have compiled an IT inventory list and have made the necessary adjustments We can not commit to this action 9.7. Purchase Multi Function Centres (0.74%) ACTION 1. Purchase Multi Function Centres (printer, photocopier, scanner and fax (fax: only if absolutely crucial for your business!) which will decrease idle time and be more efficient 2. Ensure Multi Function Centre (printer / photocopier) has a minimum 4 STAR ENERGY rating 3. Click here to view the Corporate Express range. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have purchased a Multi Function Centre with a 4 Star Energy rating We have purchased a Multi Function Centre We cannot commit to this action We can not commit to this action10. Transportation and Travel We have increased the usage of tele/videoconferencing instead of physical meetings Our organisation has adopted unassigned workspaces / hot-desking Our organisation subsidises public transport Our organisation offers suitable shower facilities for staff who travel to work by bicycle GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 26
  • 27. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT ACTIONS 10.1. Set up an in-house car pooling system (0.56%) ACTION Set up an in-house car pooling system to reduce distance travelled. FACTS There are approximately 1 billion cars on this planet each averaging about 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) per annum or roughly 12,000,000,000,000 kilometers (7.5 trillion miles) in total. This equates to 300 million trips around the world every year. Americans represent 5% of the worlds population but drive almost a third of its cars, which in turn account for nearly half the carbon dioxide pumped out of exhaust pipes into the atmosphere each year. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have set up an in-house car pooling system N/A We can not commit to this action 10.2. Allow eligible staff to work from home (0.93%) ACTION Allow eligible staff to work from home. FACTS Reduce distance travelled by staff and unproductive time spent commuting. Top tips to reduce staff car emissions: Reduce travel as far as possible by providing the facilities for and encouraging the use of teleconferencing and video-conferencing. If travel is essential, encourage the use of the most environmentally preferable mode of transport appropriate in the circumstances and encourage route planning to avoid travel blackspots. If you have several sites between which staff travel regularly, consider providing a staff shuttle service. If you have a vehicle fleet, ensure that only fuel-efficient or hybrid cars cars are purchased. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We allow eligible staff to work from home We have thoroughly assessed a work from home policy but it is not viable for our organisation We do not have the authority to commit to this action We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 27
  • 28. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 10.3. Encourage staff to walk, use public transport or cycle to work at least once a month (0.56%) ACTION Encourage staff to walk, use public transport or cycle to work at least once a month. FACTS In some cities/ urban areas it may be very difficult to find the appropriate public transport facilities or there may be a lack of cycle paths, in which case your organisation may wish to investigate the possibility of car-pooling. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have introduced a (walk, cycle or public transport) day to work every month We can not commit to this action 10.4. Ensure that there are sufficient secure and safe parking spaces for cyclists (0.37%) ACTION Ensure that there are sufficient secure and safe parking spaces for cyclists. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We provide sufficient secure and safe parking spaces for cyclists We can not commit to this action 10.5. Minimise truck / fleet movements (0.93%) ACTION Minimise the necessity of truck deliveries by fully loading vehicles. FACTS Facts: Dell upped its average truckload from 8,100 kg to 10,000 kg and saved over 20% of its truck related expenses. 3M installed adjustable decks in trucks that allowed the stacking of pallets on two levels and reduced the number of daily truckloads by 40%. COMMITMENT OPTIONS Trucks are fully loaded and truck movements are minimised We can not commit to this action11. General Environmental Issues Our organisation discourages staff from buying bottled water Indoor air quality is regularly tested We have living potted plants in our offices GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 28
  • 29. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT Our organisation donates to local environmental organisations Our organisation donates or exchanges unwanted furniture, supplies, electronics, scrap materials and packaging ACTIONS 11.1. Install a water tank (0.93%) ACTION 1. Find water tanks in your local area or find relevant information with Google Search COMMITMENT OPTIONS We have installed a water tank We do not have the authority to commit to this action We can not commit to this action 11.2. Participate in environmental days / events (1.3%) ACTION 1. Participate in environmental days or events 2. Find global or local environmental days. FACTS Advantages of participating in environmental days: 1. Great team building exercise 2. Motivates and educates staff 3. Contributes to local community. COMMITMENT OPTIONS Our organisation will participate in at least one environmental day per year We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 29
  • 30. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 11.3. Only use natural scented and based products for deodorising and disinfecting (0.19%) ACTION Discontinue use of aerosol spray deodorisers and disinfectants. Replace them with natural scented and natural based products (e.g. essential oils). Ban the use of paraffin-based candles or perfumed air fresheners. FACTS Modern-day aerosol spray cans no longer contain ozone-depleting CFCs but they still contain hydrocarbons and/or compressed gases notorious for their contribution to global warming. Every time you hit the button, you are raising your carbon footprint, albeit ever so slightly. COMMITMENT OPTIONS Our organisation only uses natural scented and based products to deodorise and disinfect We can not commit to this action12. Supply Chain Sustainability Our company only purchases environmentally preferable office supplies where possible Our organisation predominantly purchases products that offer take-back services and/or recycling services Our organisation buys in bulk and returns packaging to suppliers where possible Our organisation only sources environmentally preferable products GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 30
  • 31. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT ACTIONS 12.1. Encourage your supply chain to adopt sustainability practices (0.93%) ACTION 1. Encourage and integrate supply chain into adopting sustainable business practices 2. Introduce supply chain to the Corporate Express Earth Saver range. Click Here to view the Corporate Express range. 3. Explore potential of introducing GreenBizCheck to key supply side decision makers. Link to supplier email: hthttp://www.greenbizcheck.com/members/email-templates/start-client-supply- chain-email/ Or email their details to info@greenbizcheck.com. FACTS Involving your supply chain will dramatically increase your organisations positive contribution to the environment. Walmarts Andy Ruben summed it up succinctly: "We knew that 90% of our ability to create change was through our supply chain." COMMITMENT OPTIONS We will encourage our suppliers to become more sustainable We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 31
  • 32. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 12.2. Promote eco-purchasing (0.93%) ACTION Encourage your suppliers to obtain some form of environmental certification. Examples of eco-efficient purchasing: • Minimum 4 ENERGY STAR rated appliances • Products and services offered by certified suppliers • Recycled products • Products with take-back service • Organic produce (wherever possible produced locally) • Additionally avoid products with unnecessary packaging • Buy locally • Buy in bulk Email GreenBizCheck home checklist to all staff (link: www.greenbizcheck.com/home/) COMMITMENT OPTIONS We will predominantly purchase environmentally preferable products from enviro-certified suppliers We can not commit to this action 12.3. Train Purchasing Manager to focus on recyclable and environmentally preferable products (0.93%) ACTION Ensure the manufacturer of the products you purchase offers a take back service and/or a manufacturer recycling program at the end of the products lifecycle. Click Here to view the Corporate Express range. FACTS GreenBizChecks monthly e-newsletter will update you on the latest eco-efficiency developments. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We will train our Procurement Manager to focus on recyclable and sustainable products and services We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 32
  • 33. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT 12.4. Review environmental preferability of purchase list (0.37%) ACTION 1. Compile list of main purchases 2. Review environmental preferability of purchase list 3. Source environmentally preferable products / services 4. Update and add items to list on an ad-hoc basis. Click Here to view the Corporate Express range. COMMITMENT OPTIONS Our organisation only purchases environmentally preferable products / services We can not commit to this action 12.5. Only purchase non-toxic furniture (0.56%) ACTION Only purchase non-toxic furniture - avoid furniture that has been treated with toxic varnish or paint. Click Here to view the Corporate Express range. COMMITMENT OPTIONS We will only purchase sustainable and non-toxic furniture when replacing old furniture We can not commit to this action 12.6. Only purchase rechargeable batteries (0.74%) ACTION 1. Refrain from buying single use batteries 2. Set up battery collection point for staff and recycle batteries 3. Purchase appropriate charger and rechargeable batteries. 4. Click Here to view the Corporate Express range of rechargeable batteries. FACTS Every year over 15 billion single use batteries are produced and sold worldwide with around 94% of dead batteries ending up in landfill. Rechargeable batteries can be used again and again, up to 1,000 times. One rechargeable cell can replace up to 300 throwaway batteries, keeping the landfill free not only from the batteries themselves, but also from the paper and plastic materials that are used to package them. COMMITMENT OPTIONS Our organisation only purchases rechargeable batteries We can not commit to this action GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 33
  • 34. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT13. Key Internal and Supply Chain Activities • Send GreenBizCheck introductory email to all staff • Include corporate environmental policy in corporate policy • Send out GreenBizChecks free home eco assessment to all staff - designed to save thousands of dollars • Contact clients; simply cut and paste template email • Contact suppliers; simply cut and paste template email • Contact body corporate; simply cut and paste template email • Contact body corporate re office temperature; simply cut and paste template email • Contact body corporate re recycling bin; simply cut and paste template email • Contact cleaners; simply cut and paste template email • Contact landlord; simply cut and paste template email14. Information15. Carbon Offsetting / Compensation ACTIONS 15.1. Our organisation offsets its residual carbon footprint (1.48%) ACTION Check out GreenBizChecks alliance with Climate Friendly. Please go to Climate Friendly COMMITMENT OPTIONS Yes, we offset our residual carbon footprint No, we cannot commit to this action at this point in time We can not commit to this action16. Audit QuestionsBased on your answers, you may be audited on the following questions Question Audit Type Have you had a management / staff training session to learn about Documentary Evidence the benefits of greening your business? Do you have a water filter system in the kitchen or dining area? Documentary Evidence GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 34
  • 35. GREENBIZCHECK BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONDEMO REPORT Question Audit Type Do all outgoing emails have the following or similar message at the Documentary Evidence bottom: Think of our environment, please only print a hard copy if necessary? Has your organisation undertaken a documented waste assessment? Documentary Evidence Is the indoor air quality regularly tested? Documentary Evidence Does your office building have a sustainability rating? Documentary Evidence Does your company have a documented annual target for Documentary Evidence greenhouse gas reduction? Has the IT department assessed video / telecommuting solutions and Documentary Evidence introduced a suitable system for the entire organisation? Does your organisation have a clearly designated smoking area with Documentary Evidence appropriate bins to reduce the amount of cigarette butts that end up in waterways and oceans? Do you have living potted plants (not flower arrangements) in your Documentary Evidence offices to clean the air?17. ConclusionHave we missed an environmental opportunity? Please let us know atinfo@greenbizcheck.com.We really appreciate your input and feedback which will help us to improve our service andhave an even greater impact to help the environment.18. DisclaimerAlthough the information and recommendations are presented in good faith and believedto be correct, GreenBizCheck makes no representations or warranties as to the completenessor accuracy of the information. Information is supplied upon the condition that the personsreceiving same will make their own determination as to its suitability for their purposesprior to use. In no event will GreenBizCheck be responsible for damages of any naturewhatsoever resulting from the use of its certification or other products. Whilst GreenBizCheckhas taken every care to incorporate widely used best practice standard it cannot guaranteethe accurateness of its certification and accepts no responsibility for any deviations, errors oromissions. In particular, GreenBizCheck may - in certain instances - not be able to capture aclients total carbon footprint due to the clients nature or complexity of business. GREEN BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS | 35
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