If you were to ask GoodGuide employees why they work here, one of the reasons you’re likely to hear is that we’re a Certified B Corporation. As a B Corp, we’re required to conduct an environmental impact assessment.
To that end, the GoodGuide Internal Goodness Committee has undertaken the task of identifying environmentally sustainable business practices that can be carried out on a day-to-day basis. The good news is that we’re already doing the basics: using e-documents instead of paper, recycling and composting, purchasing used office furniture, relying on our own ratings to stock up on food and cleaners, using occupancy sensors for lights, and encouraging public transit and bicycling via transit benefits and bike storage.
We’re lucky in that we were able to start off with a blank slate – it was our choice to design our work environment in a way that prioritized energy efficiency. Since most of these eco-friendly practices have existed from our inception, they’ve become a part of our culture. There’s always room for improvement though. Some of the initiatives we’re now looking into are purchasing carbon credits to offset business travel, recycling more accurately, improving our food purchasing (especially coffee and fresh produce), measuring personal workstation energy usage with wattmeters, and starting a rooftop garden.
Undoubtedly, “greening” your workplace is challenging in organizations where there is already a standard way of operating. It’s not impossible though, especially if you start by focusing on small, achievable changes. I’ll close with the “Green Purchasing Manifesto,” a (cheesy) poem from one of our scientists that will hopefully give you some ideas and inspiration:
Ladies and gentlemen, please lend me your ears. Now I hope you’re all listening, especially those in the rear.
The topic of the song that I’m about to sing, is very interesting – it’s green purchasing.
Green products are not hard to find, you can spot them from afar even if you’re blind.
Avoid the false claims, fairytales and fables, by including in your contracts, relevant eco-labels.
If you want computers, put a bid out on the street, and be absolutely sure that it includes EPEAT.
For electronics and appliances, like washers and dryers, make sure to require ENERGY STAR from suppliers.
Tell your friends and family, make them learn more about electricity.
Now all this stuff is not so funny, because when you save electricity, you save money!
For cleaning products to clean up after meals, be sure to spec out EcoLogo and Green Seal
A good way to buy, and this is a fact, is to participate in cooperative contracts.
This isn’t a joke, you can avoid going broke, because when you purchase in a group, you save a lot of loot!
Once you buy green, stay a smooth operator…figure out the benefits using a calculator.
Many exist to determine your savings. Show these to your boss and he will be raving!
I really appreciate all your attention. There’s one last thing that I’d like to mention.
I’d like to remind you that each purchase is a vote, and you’re all in the position to give the next generation hope.
Hope for a future that’s brighter and cleaner, if you use these tools to make your purchases greener.
That’s about all that I have to say. Thank you very much and have a nice day!