We're committed to operating in ways that foster a sustainable future and lead to improvements in the communities where we do business. Some of the ways we strive to reduce our impact on our environment:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Paperless alternatives are used whenever possible (paystubs, invoicing, orientation materials, etc.).
- Centralized printers are used. (No more than 1 per 10 employees.)
- The majority of copier paper is used on both sides.
- Unused and/or outdated electronic devices are donated for reuse or are properly recycled.
- Recycling bins are clearly labeled and regularly monitored, and education is provided when needed.
- Copier/printer paper contains at least 30% recycled content.
- Only reusable dishware is available for day-to-day office use.
- Caterers follow sustainable practices (reusable dishware, buffet style serving, minimal packaging, etc.).
- Fluorescent light tubes and compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) are safely stored and properly recycled.
- Potentially hazardous products such as paints, solvents and cleaners are safely stored and recycled properly.
- High-efficiency electric hand dryers are used instead of paper towels in restrooms.
- An employee or green team is supported by management in implementing sustainability efforts.
- Employees are educated annually (at a minimum) about sustainability best practices.
- Sustainability practices are communicated to customers (through website, signage, etc.).
- New employees are informed about sustainability best practices - including waste reduction,
recycling, and commuting options.
- A sustainability plan and/or purchasing policy guides decision-making.
- A system is in place to gather employee feedback, comments and suggestions related to sustainability
actions at work.
- Restroom faucet aerators have a flow rate of 0.5 gallons per minute.
- A majority of landscaping is native and drought tolerant.
- Twenty percent or more of our employees walk, bike, carpool, or take transit as their primary commute method.
- Alternative travel options (TriMet Trip Planner, bike parking, EV charging station, etc.) are displayed on our website for visitors.
- Bicycle tire repair kit, air pump and a spare lock are available for employees and visitors.
- Sheltered, secure bike parking is available for employees.
- Computers, computer monitors, printers and copiers are set to sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity.
- Maintenance checks are regularly conducted on HVAC and other energy-intensive equipment.
- Windows are double-pane or better.
- Doors are weather-sealed.
- Programmable thermostats automatically reduce heating and air conditioning during closed hours.
- Occupancy sensors/timers are used for lighting in storage room, offices, restrooms and other common rooms.
- Emergency EXIT lights use LED bulbs.
- Water heaters are set to 120 degrees.
- Garage or parking lot lighting is energy efficient.
- Sponsorship, in-kind services or products are donated to community organizations.
- A formal policy promotes contracting with women- and minority-owned businesses.
- Reuse unwanted printed documents as scrap paper
- Choose to patronize local vendors first before outside vendors
- Donate leftover catered food from public meetings to shelter (pre-COVID)
- Use fair-trade bulk coffee, bulk sugar, and bulk organic cream