Autumn Dahlia Creative Services
Committed Since: December 2023
2860 Tittabawassee Rd #1010, Saginaw , Michigan 48604, United States
Prerequisites 5/5
Transportation 127/461
Consumption/Waste 410/551
Water Use 143/151
Energy/Emissions 143/624
Work From Home 410/663

Completed Initiatives

Initiative Description
Points
Implement and share the results of your comprehensive water use and conservation plan quarterly
90
Become a completely remote company, requiring no office space or regular transportation to/from work
75
Purchase 50-100% of products and services from green-certified or Green Business Benchmark vendors
60
Use a tankless or otherwise highly efficient home hot water heater
40
Upgrade from older fluorescent T12, T8 and T5 lamps to LED alternatives
36
Purchase 25-49% of products and services from green-certified or Green Business Benchmark vendors
36
Rent or purchase a building that is close to public transportation stops and bike paths
36
Compost your home food waste
36
Use an alternative/natural refrigerant (non-HFC) with a global warming potential less than or equal to 10 for your home refrigerators, freezers, and HVAC systems
35
Have a composting program for your business food waste
30
Implement a green procurement policy
30
Implement a comprehensive recycling program including education, proper sinage, and monitoring
27
Install faucets with controls that turn off automatically (motion sensors)
25
Implement a sustainability process and standard for all meetings, conferences, and events
25
After completing the energy audit/assessment, develop a comprehensive energy use and conservation plan
20
Develop a comprehensive water use and conservation plan with measurable goals to optimize water usage
20
Implement home performance and efficiency improvements based upon your home energy assessment
20
Buy home office electronics that are energy efficient, ENERGY STAR, EPEAT, ROHS, etc.
20
Eliminate all single-use paper, styrofoam or plastic cups, plates, and utensils in the kitchen area. Use reusable mugs, dishes, and silverware instead
18
Properly recycle all household waste according to your local regulations
18
Purchase and serve 75-100% local, organic, and fair trade food and drink
16
Install a programmable thermostat to automate your home HVAC or A/C system
16
Use chlorine-free and FSC-certified paper products
15
Switch to low-pressure and highly efficient showerheads and faucets
15
Create a supplier code of conduct that all vendors and suppliers must abide by
14
Purchase all office paper products made from 50-100% recycled materials
12
Arrange the workspace to take advantage of areas with natural sunlight
12
Purchase offsets for the travel emissions and in-person work days that can’t be reduced
12
Purchase or lease used or recycled office equipment and furniture
12
Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified or similarly highly efficient appliances
12
Use a carbon calculator tool to measure your current carbon footprint. Reassess quarterly as you meet energy use goals
12
Develop an office thermostat policy that maintains internal air temperature within the recommended temperature range, and eliminates A/C and heating usage when the building is not occupied
12
Use washable home electrostatic furnace and air conditioning filters
12
Use your personal, fossil-fueled vehicle less than 75 miles a week
12
Grow an at-home or community food garden
12
Purchase produce in-season from local farmer’s markets or co-ops
12
Lower the max temperature of your hot water heater from 140 to 120
10
When working from an alternative location (not home office) walk or bike
10
Properly dispose of all hazardous waste materials including batteries, paint and chemicals, lightbulbs, aerosol cans, and electronics
9
Work with a food recovery service to donate surplus meals, stock and other edible food items to reduce waste.
9
Properly dispose of all household hazardous waste materials including batteries, paint and chemicals, lightbulbs, aerosol cans, and electronics
9
Install a filtered water tap or water bottle refill station that provide high-quality drinking water
8
Significantly limit the amount of physical marketing materials you produce
8
Complete a consumption and waste audit to help identify and quantify the items your business acquires, uses, and discards
8
Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic, bio-based cleaning products
8
Replace regular light bulbs with LED bulbs
8
Establish a paperless billing program for your customers
8
Use concentrated cleaning products
8
Purchase carbon offsets to become net zero for all emissions
8
Buy electronics that are energy efficient, EPEAT, ROHS, etc.
8
Conduct an energy assessment/audit to pinpoint specific areas of home energy use and waste
8
Weatherize your home by ensuring all windows and doors in your home are properly installed, functioning, maintained, weather-stripped, etc.
8
Go completely paperless
8
Use concentrated home cleaning products
8
Purchase home trash bin liners made from 100% bio-based or 50-100% recycled materials
8
Use an eco-friendly home pest control service that minimizes the use of toxic pesticides
8
Establish company-wide local community volunteer days and create a company-wide challenge to see who can volunteer in the community at a green event the most throughout the year
8
Choose paperless billing with vendors, business partners, and suppliers when possible
6
Eliminate unnecessary paper usage as much as possible including forms, contracts, meeting agendas and materials, proofs, and drafts
6
Replace all traditional bulbs with LED bulbs throughout your home work space
6
Use eco-friendly, bio-based, non-toxic home cleaning products
6
Use reusable cleaning products such as sponges or towels instead of paper towels throughout your home
6
Stop using all single-use plastic kitchen utensils, plates, bowls, and cups
6
Use reusable bags instead of plastic bags when shopping
6
Purchase home paper towels and toilet paper made from 50-100% recycled materials
6
Create a company-wide challenge to use the least single-use items for a month
6
Use natural light throughout 75% of the day instead of overhead lights
5
Locate home office in room with ample windows to take advantage of daylighting
5
Recycle or sell your used toner cartridges
4
Purchase recycled or remanufactured toner cartridges
4
Develop a paper reduction policy that clearly defines when and how items should be printed
4
Reduce junk mail by removing your organization’s name from national direct marketing databases
4
Eliminate the use of disposable batteries and switch entirely to rechargeable
4
Use reusable cleaning products such as towels and sponges, eliminating paper towels
4
Print and copy double-sided only
4
Use a sustainable web hosting service
4
Choose bio-based, reused, recycled, recyclable, or FSC certified boxes and bags for shipping
4
Reuse, sell, or donate used or unneeded furniture, equipment, and office supplies
4
Use virtual meeting platforms to replace travel when possible
4
Add shades/window covering to reduce heat gain
4
Add shades/window covering throughout your home to reduce heat gain
4
Reduce vampire loads by unplugging non-essential electrical appliances when not in use
4
Use smart power strips throughout your house in areas of high plug loads
4
Opt out of receiving home junk mail
4
Stop purchasing single-use plastic waterbottles. Install a water filter if necessary
4
Use a shared or centralized printer
4
Minimize air conditioning usage through natural ventilation by opening windows
3
Assess your current vendors’ procurement practices
3
Purchase trash liners made from 50-100% recycled materials
2
Use ceiling fans in place of air conditioning when possible
2
Reduce “vampire loads” by unplugging appliances when not in use
2
Use ceiling fans and windows in place of air conditioning
2
Donate used clothing and furniture
2
Organize a sustainability committee to lead your organization’s sustainability program
1
Complete the GBB getting started steps
1
Develop a sustainability mission statement for your business and define your company’s core commitments
1
Populate your company’s sustainability accomplishments in your profile
1
Announce your commitment to GBB to all employees
1
Eliminate the use of disposable batteries throughout your home and switch entirely to rechargeable
1