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NRDC Green Business "Greening Advisor"

The NRDC Greening Advisor, a guide that can help any commercial business or organization to reduce its environmental impacts

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Greening an organization is a colloquial way of saying that we’re working to ecologically improve an institution’s supply chain and day-to-day operations.

NRDC Toolkit for Greening a Business

NRDC has a long history of working with businesses and other organizations to help reduce the environmental impacts of their operations and events, from major corporations to professional sports teams to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Out of this work comes The NRDC Greening Advisor, a guide that can help any commercial business or organization to reduce its environmental impacts. The principles outlined here can help green commercial business operations and may even cut costs by showing how your business can produce less waste, consume less paper and energy, and use resources more efficiently.

The online toolkit covers the following topics:

The Business Plan

  • Why Be Green?
  • Why Be Green Overview
  • Greening is good business
  • Benefits to the environment
  • Successful business greening initiatives
  • Principles and Policies
  • Principles and Policies Overview
  • An organization-wide environmental policy
  • An environmentally preferable purchasing policy
  • Environmental language in contracts
  • Communicating environmental initiatives to the public
  • Involving staff at all levels
  • Sustainability Reports

The Opportunities

  • Air Quality
  • Air Quality Overview
  • Indoor air pollutants
  • Low-VOC products
  • Less-toxic cleaning and maintenance products
  • Clean and efficient energy
  • Ozone-friendly products
  • Clean and fuel-efficient transportation
  • Construction/Renovations /Interiors
  • Interiors Overview
  • LEED certification for existing buildings
  • Replacing older HVAC systems
  • Daylighting
  • Wastewater recycling systems
  • Rainwater catchment systems
  • Building envelope
  • Forest Stewardship Council certified wood
  • On-site renewable energy generation
  • Reflective and green roofs
  • Interiors
  • Energy Overview
  • Energy audits
  • Energy efficiency improvements
  • On-site renewable energy generation
  • Purchasing renewable energy
  • Paper Overview
  • Purchasing
  • Paper use reduction
  • Purchasing Overview
  • Office-wide purchasing policy
  • Paper products
  • Appliances, electronics and HVAC
  • Food and beverage
  • Ozone-friendly products
  • Laundry care
  • Cleaning and maintenance
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Low-VOC products
  • Other environmentally preferable product specifications
  • Transportation + Accommodation
  • Green hotels
  • Clean and fuel-efficient transportation
  • A bicycle-friendly environment
  • Employee car pools
  • No-idling policies
  • Public transportation
  • Offsetting carbon emissions from travel
  • Waste Management
  • Waste Management Overview
  • Waste audits
  • Recycling
  • Proper disposal of batteries, electronics and hazardous waste
  • Composting
  • Donating leftover food
  • Water
  • Water Quality Overview
  • Minimizing urban runoff
  • Minimizing pesticides and fertilizers
  • Less-toxic cleaning and maintenance products
  • Laundry care
  • Water Use

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