In keeping with the idea of cooperation and recognition, Green Craven, working with the Chamber of Commerce, is looking for businesses that are making the effort to operate in a responsible, green manner.
Below are the criteria we are looking at when selecting recipients. Understanding that no business is likely to achieve 100% of these criteria and that some of these criteria do not apply to every business, there are levels of merit associated with these certificates.
Any business achieving 20% or more of these initiatives is eligible for a certificate. The more items achieved, the higher the level of merit shown. Recipients will also be noted on this web site as responsible businesses in Craven County
If your business qualifies, or if you know of a business that may qualify, please contact us or Kevin Roberts at the Chamber.
ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE CERTIFICATE CRITERIA
Purchasing from vendor who offers green catalog.
Imaging documents to reduce printing.
Purchasing copiers with scan to network feature to reduce printing.
Requesting employees shut down computers at the end of the work day.
Unplugging appliances when not in use.
Managing Seasonal temperature ranges- Winter Settings 65-68
Managing Seasonal temperature ranges- Summer Settings 76-80
Installing blinds to manage afternoon sun.
Exchange CRT computer monitors with LCD monitors when computers are
Performing quarterly inspections of windows and doors for leaks and drafts.
Buy recycled office supplies when possible (paper, printer cartridges,
Installed in-line water heaters
Receive/Create a percentage of energy from renewable resource
Water coolers, vending machines, photo copies, etc are on timers turning
off during off hours.
Trained all employees in compnaies Green Initiatives
Removed all lights from vending machines.
Using task lighting vs. overhead lighting when possible.
Replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
Installed Motion detectors for lighting
Initiated Turn Lights Off When Not in Use Program
Shades are opened to use natural lighting when possible
Flickering fluorescent tubes are replaced immediately and use T-8 fixtures where possible
Purchasing paper made from at least 30% recycled material
Purchasing paper made from at least 10% recycled material
Recycling paper in desk side containers
Recycling paper containers conveniently available.
Using recycled toner when available for printers and fax machines.
Recycling batteries, cell phones, and chargers.
Reusing the back side of non-confidential paper for message/scratch pads
Donate old functional computers to school children that do not have home
Send old computer equipment to a company that recycles electronic devices.
Recycle cans, glass, cardboard, etc through a waste management program Recycle Ink cartridges
Initiated "Think before you print" campaign.
Using earth friendly cleaning products.
Changing telephone book distribution from mass to as needed.
Carpooling for meetings.
Transporting clients via carpool when feasible.
Provide computer applications so employees can complete required paperwork
Comprehensive telecommuting policy and enabling technologies for working
Web/video conferencing to reduce mileage costs.
Replaced Styrofoam with mugs, paper cups, etc at coffee and water locations
Furniture is only replaced when necessary
Resources for good used furniture are available to procurement staff
Photocopies are double sided
Landscaping done with drought resistant plantings
Keeping storm drains free of debris.
Installed Cistern/Rain Catch System for landscaping needs
Water Reducing faucets
Driveways and walkways are made of permeable surfaces
Sensor type fixtures in restrooms