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The IAMC Sustainability Council’s List of Top 100 ideas

The IAMC Sustainability Council’s List of Top 100 ideas, Covering Both Strategic
and Tactical Ways to Manage and Improve Sustainability within Our Organizations:

 

STRATEGIC IDEAS:

  1. Get senior management buy in and support for sustainability goals and targets (what those are and how and who tracks them)
  2. Form a multi-department committee inside the company that meets on a regular basis, establishes agenda, goals, tracking, etc (EHS, CRE, Q&R, Logistics, Procurement, etc)
  3. Empower employees from divisions, sites, etc to lead and represent sustainability efforts
  4. Create a company-wide mission, vision, goals and objectives
  5. Ensure each site, each business unit has their own sustainability goals and responsible/accountable representatives
  6. Review goals and objectives on a regular annual basis to ensure viability and relevance.
  7. Establish metrics tracking and actual SOPs and policies on sustainability (for example, a payback of 3 years will give you a green light to proceed with a project)
  8. Create a central information resource such as intercompany page on sustainability, events, projects, people, ideas, etc. (Energy Awareness Program)
  9. Put in place Sustainability Training Programs and break it down to simple elements folks can follow at their individual levels
  10. Establish community partnerships on sustainability and communicate on a regular basis
  11. Perform building and systems energy audits
  12. Create "sustainability” annual budget to fund innovation projects as part of overall company commitment to green practices

  13. TACTICAL IDEAS FOR FACILITIES, LEASING, AND CONSTRUCTION:

  14. Evaluate building wide computer control systems: HVAC, energy, daylight, etc.
  15. Consider alternative sources: geothermal, wind, solar, etc.
  16. Lightning retrofits (LED lights)
  17. Ensure building equipment performs as designed
  18. Calibrate thermostats, adjust dampers, consider different cleaning options
  19. Water programs landscaping, etc.
  20. Recycling programs
  21. Track office wide printer/copy usage and make a plan to reduce the usage
  22. Set a goal if going paperless as much as possible
  23. Track waste generation and recycling recovery rates
  24. Have vendors insist on using reused packaging and recycled materials
  25. Compost cafeteria food and paper plates
  26. Use rain water for landscaping
  27. Use local grass and flowers for landscaping
  28. Include sustainability as part of points system within your purchasing organization
  29. Use laptops rather than desktops whenever possible
  30. Use green certified cleaning products and low emitting products
  31. Use electronic hand dryers in restrooms instead of paper towels
  32. Reuse internal office supplies and packaging
  33. Train all employees to always check existing supplies before purchasing new ones
  34. Set all computers, copiers and printers to print double-sided by default.
  35. High standard criteria standards for HVAC equipment replacements and considering solar, wind, and other sources.
  36. Insulate, insulate, insulate
  37. LEED standards and certifications to be applied as appropriate
  38. Educate, educate, and educate â€" through third party consultants, conferences, etc.
  39. Establish potential alternative energy annual funding resources to be used for solar, wind, geo, and other alternative sources throughout the company
  40. Establish and follow leasing criteria with sustainability as part of RFPs to building owners on their green practices
  41. Work with your vendors on their sustainability goals and incorporate that into your strategic sourcing/procurement goals/RFPs
  42. Paperless practices
  43. Re-use of existing space with better efficiences vs leasing or building new spaces.
  44. Consider virtual offices and office sharing.
  45. Commuting and car sharing practices
  46. Packaging policy
  47. Overall focus on reduction of consumption of all resources
  48. Attend at least one sustainability related conference every two years to stay current with the industry and all the latest developments
  49. Ensure HVAC equipment and filters are maintained regularly
  50. Evaluate and rank most energy consuming equipment and determine order of cost efficient replacement and timing
  51. Establish energy monitoring process and report/discuss energy spikes
  52. Building on site solar, wind or other alternative type power generation sources
  53. Purchase certified carbon offsets for energy activities that qualify
  54. Purchase renewable energy through your utilities provider
  55. Automatic light switchers, occupancy sensors and dimmers
  56. Routine janitorial services are scheduled during business hours
  57. Workplace is arranged to take advantage of natural light
  58. Emergency lighting have LED or similar low wattage bulbs
  59. Outdoor lightning is a on timer or photo-sensor that is cleaned regularly
  60. Direct outdoor lighting only where needed and reduce light pollution
  61. Replace non-dimming incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs
  62. Shut off non-emergency indoor lights each night
  63. Install and maintain a certified cool roof coating
  64. Insulate building envelope beyond requirements of current building code
  65. Install weather stripping or caulking at doors and windows to ensure heating/cooling is not escaping the building
  66. Install ceiling fans
  67. Track employee commute modes and encourage carpool
  68. Provide biking tacks and bike parking areas
  69. Provide changing rooms, showers, lockers for employees commuting by bike, walking
  70. Create walking paths, bike routes for employees interested in getting to work by bike or walking
  71. Bus routes
  72. Provide electric vehicle charging stations
  73. Provide green parking closer to the building for most fuel efficient cars
  74. Measure company travel related carbon footprint
  75. Promote/encourage phone and video conferencing
  76. Do not provide parking subsidies for employees
  77. Track water usage and develop a plan for water usage reduction
  78. Fix any leaks and create a schedule to check for leaks every 6 months
  79. All hand washing faucets have 0.5 gallons per minute or lower aerators
  80. Use faucets that have automated, demand-based shut-off sensors, not timed
  81. Toilers use 1.28-1.6 gallons per flush, and replace old ones that are not
  82. Commercial toilets have dual-flush handles in restrooms that do not utilize urinals
  83. Eliminate plastic water bottles and jug dispensers
  84. All exterior hoses have auto-shutoff nozzles
  85. Sprinklers are adjusted for proper coverage avoiding runoff onto pavement, and no watering takes place during a rain event
  86. Sprinkler use weather-based programming
  87. Exterior building services are scheduled as needed, not on a periodic basis
  88. Use integrated pest management to maintain landscaping
  89. Chose Eco-Biz certified companies
  90. Manage roof runoff and paved surfaces with storm water facilities
  91. Use Energy Star Portfolio Manager to track energy savings or other Energy Tracking system
  92. Include US Green Building Council recommendations for construction projects
  93. Include Sustainability-based clauses into your construction projects: LEED, etc.
  94. Employ Integrated Design
  95. Optimize Energy Performance
  96. Reduce environmental impact of materials
  97. Protect and conserve water
  98. Enhance indoor environmental quality
  99. Topsoil is to be saved and reused
  100. Only non-toxic oils, sealants, paints, glues will be used
  101. Leftover materials will be provided to the client, used in other jobs, or donated to charitable organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity.

 

BEST RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY: (to be added and updated over time)

www.epa.gov/sustainability/basicinfo.htm
www.facilitiesnet.com/green/#
www.greenbiz.com/
www.usgbc.org/
www.gghc.org/
www.Triplepundit.com
www.EthicalCorp.com
www.Corporateecoforum.com
www.eenews.net
www.costar.com/josre/

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