Green Pledge for Businesses Form - City of Galena

Green Pledge for Businesses Form

Select items below to take your Green Pledge!

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Green Pledge Member Information

Please tell us a bit about yourself

Business Name (Optional):  
What is your address?: *
Format: Number, Street, Apt/Suite (Example: 101 S Main St, Apt C)  
How many people work at your address during a normal shift?: *
This helps us quantify your impact by address.  
How many shifts per day does your business have?: *
Email (Optional):  
General Practices
Track Usages:  
Track water and energy usage and solid and hazardous waste generation.  
Adopt a Green Policy:  
Adopt a written environmentally preferable (or green) purchasing policy.  
Green Team:  
Establish a 'green team' that can help guide efforts to green your business.  
Green Employee Incentives:  
Provide three on-going incentives or training opportunities to encourage management and employee participation.  
Inform Customers:  
Inform your customers about your efforts to meet the Green Business Standards.  
Educate Other Businesses:  
Assist at least one other business in learning about the Green Business Program and encourage them to enroll.  
Water Conservation
Monitor Water Bills:  
Monitor water bills for sudden rises in use, and contact the City of Galena should this occur.  
Look for Leaks:  
Regularly check for, report, and repair leaks.  
Install "Low-flow" Devices:  
Install low-flow faucet aerators and shower heads.  
Dry Cleanup:  
Use dry methods for outdoor cleanup.  
Install Efficient Toilets:  
Install toilets that use 1.6 gallons per flush or less.  
Solid Waste Reduction & Recycling
Conduct Waste Reduction Assessment:  
Conduct a waste reduction assessment of solid waste streams.  
Reduction Measure: Consumable Containers:  
Reduce waste in various ways, including eliminating use of individual water bottles and Styrofoam, setting printers and copiers to duplex, and taking measures to reduce the amount of junk mail received.  
Reduction Measure: Reuse Materials:  
Reuse materials wherever possible.  
Reduction Measure: Provide Containers:  
Provide containers at convenient locations and recycle cardboard, newspapers, office/mixed papers, glass, metal, and plastics.  
Reduction Measure: Buy Post-Consumer Products:  
Purchase paper with at least 30% and paper towels with at least 35% post - consumer content.  
Energy Conservation
Conduct Regular Maintenance:  
Conduct regular maintenance on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and refrigeration systems at least twice a year.  
Use Energy Efficient Fixtures:  
Save energy in various ways, including installation/use of more energy-efficient light fixtures, task lights, and exit lights.  
Turn-off Lights:  
Turn off lights (and other equipment) when not in use. High utility costs often include paying for energy that is completely wasted.  
Replace Fluorescent Bulbs with CFLs:  
Replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), wherever appropriate. CFLs cost about 75 percent less to operate, and last about 10 times longer. Consider the use of high-efficiency LED's.  
Pollution Prevention
Conduct Annual Pollution Assessment:  
Conduct an annual assessment of your facility to identify ways to prevent pollution.  
Check Labels:  
Check labels for cleaning products, building maintenance and other materials and seek safer alternatives.  
Proper Storage & Recycling:  
Properly store and recycle or dispose of all hazardous wastes.  
Prevention Measure: Storm Drains:  
Ensure only rain enters the storm drain.  
Prevention Measure: Cover Dumpsters:  
Keep dumpsters covered.  
Prevention Measure: Outdoor Washing:  
Direct water from outdoor washing of mats and vehicles to sanitary sewer.  
Prevention Measure: Reduce Chemicals:  
Reduce chemicals used, including measures such as: Use low-toxic cleaning products such as those that meet Green Seal certification standards. Replace aerosols with pump dispensers, if available. Eliminate products that contain anti-bacterial agents such as Triclosan. Reduce or eliminate use of pesticides by implementing Integrated Pest Management.  
Prevention Measure: Universal Wastes:  
Reuse or recycle all "Universal Wastes" (fluorescent tubes and bulbs, batteries, and electronics).  
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