Green Office or Facility

Green Business Standard

Many of Green America’s standards for certified businesses mandate the “use of a green office or facility, including resource reuse and maximum use of postconsumer recycled resources as well as maximum water and energy efficiency.” Companies bearing Green America’s Green Business Certification have some combination of these practices.

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Restored & Protected Environment



  • HVAC system is well maintained; offices are warm but not hot in the winter and cool but not cold in the summer
  • Facility is well insulated
  • Electronics are on power strips to be easily turned off
  • Power saving mode is programmed appropriately on all electronics


  • Purchase of green-E certified Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) through your utility or an independent company
  • Solar panels or geothermal heating and cooling


  • Use of 100% post-consumer recycled, processed chlorine free paper in in the office and in all envelopes and marketing materials
  • All print materials printed on paper with at least 30% post-consumer recycled content
  • Electronic processes replace paper ones where possible
  • All printers are set with double sided printing as the default

Site and transportation

  • Located near public transportation wherever possible
  • Showers and bicycle parking available
  • Bike and car sharing facilities within walking distance, wherever possible
  • Landscaping maximizes storm water retention onsite
  • Shade trees are used strategically
  • Permeable pavers or other permeable surfaces used on parking lots

Waste recovery

  • Waste is sorted into at least landfill, paper and glass/ metal
  • Waste is recycled, even when municipal recycling is unavailable or limited
  • Office supplies including tea and coffee are purchased in bulk to avoid excessive packaging
  • Reusable cups, plates and cutlery are used instead of disposables


Social & Economic Justice


  • Only fair trade or USDA certified organic coffee, tea and sugar are served
  • Filtered water instead of bottled water


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