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Title: Going Green In the Workplace


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Going Green In the Workplace
  • Bluegrass PRIDE
  • Amy Sohner
  • Executive Director

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Bluegrass PRIDE
  • Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment

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Mission
  • To provide resources that empower governments and
    individuals to improve their quality of life by
    improving the quality of their environment.
  • Focus
  • Water Quality
  • Waste Reduction
  • Energy
  • Air quality

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Why Be Green?
  • 2.25 million tons of obsolete/unwanted TVs, cell
    phones and computer products
  • 18 (414,000 tons) was collected for recycling
  • 82 (1.84 million tons) was disposed of,
    primarily in landfills.
  • (www.epa.gov)

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Why Be Green?
  • The average office worker in the US uses 10,000
    sheets of copy paper each year
  • 1 source of water pollution in KY is YOU!
  • 18 of total U.S. energy use is from commercial
    businesses
  • 32 heating
  • 23 lighting

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How Can You Help?
  • Use the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools
    website s inventories
  • www.greenschools.ky.gov

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Home Though it is easier to build a new school
to meet all these goals, existing schools can
make real progress toward these goals simply by
encouraging students to explore how their school
operates and take action with school improvement
projects. To start your school on its way to
being a Green and Healthy School, click
here. UPCOMING GREEN AND HEALTHY SCHOOLS EVENTS
IN KENTUCKYGreen Schools 101 A Community Forum
(date TBA) NOTE If experiencing problems with
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Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools
  • 9 Inventories
  • Solid Waste
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Green Space
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Leadership
  • Water
  • Health and Safety

10
Solid Waste
  • Recycling
  • Trash
  • Composting
  • Reuse, Reduce and Rebuy

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Recycling
  • Does your office recycle?
  • If yes, what does it recycle?
  • Does your office provide recycling bins and
    garbage containers in all areas?
  • Where do recyclables go after
  • they leave your office?

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Recycling
  • How much income does your office receive from
    recycling?
  • or
  • How much does your office pay as a recycling fee?

13
Improvement Ideas
  • Begin or expand recycling efforts
  • Find what materials are recyclable in your county
  • Find commercial recyclers in your area
  • Aluminum cans
  • Cardboard
  • White Paper

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Resources
  • Kentucky Division for Waste Management
  • www.waste.ky.gov
  • List of recycling centers in each county
  • Information on market value for each material
  • Bluegrass PRIDE
  • www.kentucky PRIDE.com
  • Information on how to start or expand a recycling
    program
  • Information on conducting a waste audit

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Resources
  • In Fayette County, any non-profit organization
    can become a WasteBuster
  • Assistance in setting up a recycling program
  • Recycling bins
  • Training and materials

For more information call Bluegrass PRIDE at
859-266-1572
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Trash Disposal
  • How full are trash dumpster when emptied?
  • How much trash is discarded in a year?
  • What percentage of the waste stream are
    recyclable materials?

17
Trash Disposal
  • Where does the trash go after it leaves the
    office?
  • Who picks up the trash?
  • How much is the offices annual cost for trash
    pickup?

18
Improvement Ideas
  • Conduct a waste audit
  • After reducing amount of trash, shop around for a
    smaller dumpster

19
Resources
  • Kentucky Division of Waste Management
  • List of County Solid Waste Coordinators
  • www.waste.ky.gov/branches/rla/
  • CountySolidWasteCoordinators.htm
  • Bluegrass PRIDE
  • Information on conducting waste audit
  • www.kentuckyPRIDE.com

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Composting
  • Does your office or building compost?
  • Yard waste
  • Food waste
  • How much does your office spend annually on mulch
    and fertilizer?
  • Does your community sponsor any programs relating
    to composting?

21
Improvement Ideas
  • Look into participating in a composting program
  • Through landscaping companies
  • Install an indoor compost bin
  • In Fayette County, participate in the Lenny
    program

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Resources
  • Organic Consumer Association
  • www.organicconsumers.org/organic/
  • compost.cfm
  • University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension
    Services
  • ces.ca.uky.edu/ces/
  • LFUCG
  • www.lfucg.com/pubworks/solid_waste/lenny.asp
  • Information on Fayette Countys Lenny program

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Reduce, Reuse and Rebuy
  • Does your office purchase or use items made with
    recycled materials (e.g., paper products, coffee
    cups)?
  • Does your office purchase supplies in
  • quantities large enough to reduce packaging waste
  • reduced/recycled packaging

24
Reduce, Reuse and Rebuy
  • Does your office have a policy for the reduction
    of paper usage (e.g., electronic record storage,
    use of email, printing on both sides of the
    paper, reusing scrap paper)?

25
Improvement Ideas
  • Identify at least ten items, which the office
    could purchase from recycled materials.
    Examples business cards, copy paper, or napkins
  • Develop and implement a plan to reduce paper
    usage by 10
  • Print on both side of paper
  • Use email to send messages and discourage
    printing of all emails

26
Improvement Ideas
  • Purchase items in bulk when possible
  • Plan and carry out a waste free lunch day
  • Provide reusable coffee mugs or water bottles
  • Adopt a coffee mug

27
Improvement Ideas
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Recycle your electronics
  • Computers
  • Cell Phones
  • Printer cartridges

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Resources
  • Grassroots Recycling Network
  • www.grrn.org/zerowaste/
  • Earth 911
  • earth911.org/
  • Bluegrass PRIDE
  • www.kentucky PRIDE.com
  • Information on waste reduction and recycling cell
    phones

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Energy
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Energy
  • What percentage of your office/building is air
    conditioned?
  • List the names of your energy providers for
    heating, cooling, hot water, electricity, or
    other?
  • How many appliances are found in your office?
  • Computers, copiers, printers, refrigerators, TVs,
    microwaves, vending machines

31
Energy
  • What was the cost of energy-related utilities for
    your office in the previous year?
  • What percentage of this years budget is
    dedicated to energy-related utilities?

32
Energy
  • What sources of energy/fuel are used at your
    office (e.g., cooling is provided by electricity
    generated by burning coal, mowing needs gasoline
    produced from fossil fuels)?
  • How many energy sources used by your office are
    renewable?
  • Is the landscaping on the grounds used in a way
    to enhance energy efficiency?

33
Energy
  • Are the furnace and ventilation filters cleaned
    or replaced regularly per manufacturers
    recommendations?
  • What are your offices guidelines for thermostat
    temperature settings?
  • What percentage of appliances or machines are
    located at least
  • 5 feet from a thermostat?

34
Energy
  • What percentage of machines and lights is turned
    off at night or when not in use?
  • What other energy saving measures are been used?
  • Lamps in vending machines turned off when school
    is not is use
  • Appliances cleaned and checked regularly
  • Outside air conditioning unit in shade
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs

35
Improvement Ideas
  • Make recommendations that will reduce energy use
    implement at least one of your recommendations.
  • Turn lights off in spaces not been used
  • Turn computer monitors off at night
  • Program copier to turn off at night
  • Install programmable thermostat
  • Purchase Energy Star appliances
  • Use CFL light bulbs where possible

36
Resources
  • Energy Calculators
  • ces.ca.uky.edu/energy/calculators.htm
  • Energy Star Program
  • www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c
  • challenge.bus_challenge

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Transportation
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Transportation
  • What mode of transportation do staff in use
    mostly to get to work?
  • How far does each staff member live from work?
  • What percentage of staff walk or bike to work?
  • Off the staff who come to work in a car, what
    percentage
  • participates in a carpool?

39
Transportation
  • What programs does your office sponsor or
    participate in to encourage carpooling, use of
    public transportation, or other such as
    ride-share, pedestrian or bike safety classes?
  • Does your office use
  • fuel-efficient vehicles (e.g., bio-diesel fuel,
    fuel-efficient cars, small capacity buses,
    passenger vans)?

40
Improvement Ideas
  • Encourage staff members to carpool two or more to
    drive to work (2 or more per car).
  • Combine staff work trips
  • Use fuel-efficient vehicles when possible

41
Resources
  • Kentucky Department of Education Transportation
  • www.education.ky.gov/KDE/AdministrativeResources
    /Transportation
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
  • www.bicyclinginfo.org
  • Information on walking and biking routes

42
Green Spaces
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General Questions
  • Who is responsible for maintaining the grounds
    around your office?
  • Do you have any features to attract wildlife?
  • Are any plants or animals on your grounds
    considered undesirable?
  • What types of green spaces do you have?
  • Do you have a courtyard and who uses it?

44
Lawns
  • What kinds of plants are growing in your lawn?
  • Are these plants native?
  • What fertilizers/pesticides are applied to the
    lawn?
  • How often are the lawns mowed?
  • What happens to the grass clippings?
  • When are lawns watered?

45
Resources
  • Pesticide free, healthy lawn www.richsoil.con/lawn
    /index.jsp
  • Pesticide free lawns http//faq.gardenweb.com/faq/
    lists/organic/2004020829016580.html
  • Sustainable urban landscaping www.sustland.umn.edu
  • Native species in Kentucky www.knps.org

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Gardens
  • What type of gardens does your office have?
  • What type of vegetation grows in your gardens?
  • What fertilizer and pesticides are applied to
    your garden?
  • What animal life is found living in your garden?

47
Resources
  • Rain Garden Alliance
  • www.bluegrassraingardenalliance.org
  • Bluegrass PRIDE www.kentuckypride.com

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Air Quality
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General Questions
  • Does your office have an indoor air quality plan?
  • Checking air conditioning and refrigeration units
    for ozone depleting refrigerants
  • Inventory of all combustion appliances that are
    potentially sources of carbon monoxide
  • Records of lead paint inspections
  • Blueprints detailing locations of asbestos

50
General Questions
  • What does your regular cleaning schedule entail?
  • How are employees workspace kept clean and dry?
  • What sanitation policies are followed?

51
Resources
  • Kentucky Division for Air Quality (502)573-3382
    or (800)928-0047
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and
    Health (NIOSH),
  • Building Air Quality Action Plan
    www.cdc.gov/niosh/baqtoc.html

52
Asthma/Allergies
  • What percentage of your staff has asthma or
    allergies?
  • Does your organization provide staff training
    specifically dealing with asthma/allergies?
  • How are asthma triggers (e.g., mold, dust, pests,
    air intakes) addressed at your office?

53
Resources
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation www.aafa.org
  • Info from the US EPA on the various kinds of
    triggers and how they can be addressed
    www.epa.gov/asthma/triggers.html

54
Dust and Mold
  • Are air filters and ductwork in the HVAC system
    regularly inspected and replaced/cleaned per
    manufacturers instructions?
  • How often are ceilings, walls, floors, and carpet
    checked for water leakage, stains or
    discoloration, and mold growth or odor?
  • How often are floors/
  • carpets cleaned?

55
Dust and Mold
  • Is your office adequately ventilated in the
    following ways
  • With air supply diffusers, unobstructed intakes
    and returns, exhaust vents and continuous fans
    during work hours to allow exchange with outdoor
    air?
  • To maintain humidity levels between 33-55?
  • To maintain temperature levels between 60-78
    degrees Fahrenheit?

56
Resources
  • EPA Publication Should you have the air ducts
    in your home cleaned?. www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airdu
    ct.html
  • A series of articles on schools and flooring
    www.edfacilities.org/rl/floor_care.cfm

57
Gases and Particulates
  • Are your offices tobacco-free?
  • Have regularly occupied spaces at or below ground
    level been tested for radon?
  • What pest control practices are in place?
  • Does your office purchase low-emitting products
    designed to give off low levels of fumes or
    vapors?

58
Resources
  • County level help with Integrated Pest management
    www.ces.ca.uky.edu/ces
  • Standards for products used in schools
    www.greenguard.org/DesktopDefault.asps?tabindex4
    tabid95

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Hazardous Chemicals
  • Mercury
  • Pest Management
  • Chemical Safety

60
Mercury
  • Where is mercury found in your office?
  • Thermometers
  • Thermostats
  • CFLs
  • Does your non-profit have a
  • policy limiting the purchase of
    mercury-containing devices and encouraging
    mercury-free alternatives?
  • Does your community have a mercury collection
    program to encourage proper disposal and handling
    of mercury-containing items (including burned
    out fluorescent bulbs)?

61
Pest Management
  • How often and how much does your non-profit use
    pesticides (including herbicides, fungicides,
    insecticides, rodenticides, germicides,
    sanitizers and disinfectants)?
  • Outside?
  • Inside?
  • Who administers pesticides?
  • Is there notification before and after
    application?

62
Improvement Projects
  • Ants
  • Clean all food, and keep in sealed containers
  • Caulk all entry points
  • Repel ants with cayenne or black pepper
  • Soapy water will kill individuals ants and remove
    their trail
  • Control
  • Sticky traps
  • Boric acid

63
Chemicals
  • Are all chemicals properly stored and labeled?
  • Are alternatives in use when possible?

64
Chemical Alternatives
  • Glass Cleaner ½ vinegar, ½ water
  • Furniture Polish 2 parts olive oil, 1 part
    lemon juice
  • All purpose cleaner 1 cup baking soda in one
    gallon hot water

65
Leadership
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Leadership
  • Who is in charge of purchasing?
  • Who is in charge of maintenance staff?
  • Is your non-profit a leader in the community?
  • How can you lead environmentally by example?
  • Are environmental considerations part of your
    orientation?

67
Water
  • Water Quality
  • Water Management
  • Water Conservation

68
Water Quality
  • Where does the water from your office and
    parking lots drain?
  • What is the quality of the water in nearby
    streams?
  • In what watershed is your office located?
  • Surf your watershed by Zip code, address
    etc.www.epa.gov/surf

69
Water Management
  • Are there areas of bare soil on or near your
    non-profits property?
  • Are there any plans for managing the runoff from
    your property (i.e. rain barrel, rain garden)?
  • Are there policies in place to avoid dumping
    anything on the ground or pavement (i.e. mop
    water)?

70
Water Conservation
  • How much water was used (and money spent on
    water) by your non-profit last year?
  • How many gallons/employee
  • Are water faucets automatic or do they have low
    flow heads?
  • Any leaking pipes or faucets?
  • How are outside areas
  • watered?

71
Improvement Projects
  • Set a water use reduction goal (either for total
    water usage or by employee)
  • Install low flow toilets or add a brick or bottle
    of water to tank
  • Decrease watering of lawn, or switch to native
    plants that require less maintenance
  • Ways to save water around the house that may also
    be useful at your office www.h2ouse.org

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  • Environmental Education

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Environmental Education
  • WasteBuster Program
  • Available to all businesses and schools in
    Fayette County
  • Classroom activities
  • Teacher trainings
  • Help setting up recycling program

74
Environmental Education
  • PRIDEs Resource Library
  • Free check out materials
  • Reading with Rosie Program

75
Volunteer!
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Volunteer!
  • Sign up for updates at www.kentuckyPRIDE.com
  • Schedule your own office activity
  • Storm drain stenciling
  • Litter cleanup

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  • It is getting easier to be
  • green

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  • Questions?
  • Bluegrass PRIDE
  • www.KentuckyPRIDE.com
  • 866-222-1648
  • Amy_at_KentuckyPRIDE.com
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