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Changing Behaviors in the Workplace - Tennessee Green Star Partnership Overview
 

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  • Could discuss choice for logo to reflect the State Flag here.
  • These are the seven required measures for this section. Some might be N/A, such as the refrigerator/freezer item, because the company doesn’t have any or there are other codes (such as health codes for restaurants) with different requirements. Any N/A items would need supporting documentation submitted electronically to TGSP.
  • Encouraged purchasing = points are given in Sustainable Business checklist for purchasing from another TGSP member and it is a “menu” option for EMS TrackThese additional benefits may include discounts to TN State Parks and possible regulatory incentives.

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  • Robin Heriges Office of Sustainable Practices Leadership and Excellence Section Robin.heriges@tn.gov (615) 532-8738 Tennessee Green Star Partnership
  • Tennessee’s premier environmental leadership program for businesses of all sizes. This program celebrates the excellent sustainability initiatives of our members, as well as the economic benefits gained from these initiatives. Tennessee Green Star Partnership
  • • EMS Track • Sustainable Business Track Tennessee Green Star Partnership
  • Three advancement levels – One, Two and Three Star Traditional pollution prevention goals, plus requirements in materials management, purchasing and mentoring/community outreach areas Tennessee Green Star Partnership
  • Two track system – EMS Track and Sustainable Business Track Companies can enter at any level, as long as requirements and prerequisites are met Online applications and (future) reporting options Tennessee Green Star Partnership
  • EMS Track • There is a “menu” design for greater choice under each category • Goals for materials management that go far beyond recycling and include such options as becoming a “Zero Waste” facility. Tennessee Green Star Partnership
  • EMS Track • Component for Supply Chain and/or Environmentally Preferred Purchasing • Specific definitions for Good Compliance • Greater emphasis on sustainability at all levels Tennessee Green Star Partnership
  • EMS Track • At the highest levels, purchase from another Tennessee Green Star Partner • Annual reporting requirements in a specific format-EPA’s GHG Calculator and Cost Savings Calculator Tennessee Green Star Partnership
  • Sustainable Business Track • Exciting area of expansion to include businesses previously untapped by leadership programs, including such ventures as hospitality companies, grocers, small offices of all types, agricultural concerns—any business that is interested in meeting the requirements Tennessee Green Star Partnership
  • Sustainable Business Track • “Checklist” formatted in order for businesses to earn points for environmental activities, much like the LEED or Green Globes certification models • Several areas of measurement, featuring recycling, energy conservation, water conservation and community outreach Tennessee Green Star Partnership
  • Sustainable Business Track • Required specific activities and a total of a point score for each of the ten components • Certain required activities can be “not applicable”, especially for companies that are renters and cannot affect certain building policies Tennessee Green Star Partnership
  • Sustainable Business Track Example Implement the seven (7) required measures (in bold) below and at least four (4) additional measures from this section Yes N/A There is equipment, a policy, and/or signage in place to ensure: (please provide supporting documentation to TGSP) Lighting fixtures, diffusers, and lamps are cleaned and burnt out bulbs replaced at six month intervals, if not more often Blinds/curtains are closed when sun is striking to reduce A/C load Lighting control devices such as timers and sensors are checked and adjusted at six month intervals Equipment is turned off when not in use Lights are turned off when not in use, if motion sensors are not used A/C thermostat(s) are set to 76 degrees (or higher) and heating thermostat(s) are set to 68 degrees (or lower) Date Implemented Refrigerator(s) are set to 38 degrees (or higher) and freezer(s) to 10 degrees (or higher)
  • Benefits for both tracks • Inclusion in our Green Directory, which will be prominently featured on our website Increased recognition through TGSP website and more proactive PR from our staff • Greater networking and education opportunities through workshops and webinars Tennessee Green Star Partnership
  • Benefits for both tracks • Use of the TGSP logo on your website, materials and storefront • Business between TGSP members • There are more benefits that we are working towards and will be announcing as soon as they are finalized Tennessee Green Star Partnership
  • Reach us at TGS.Partnership@tn.gov Tennessee Green Star Partnership