Tempe Pledge for a Sustainable Community
Tempe Pledge for a Sustainable Community

Desert Roots Kitchen

Desert Roots Kitchen

414 S. Mill Avenue #111
Tempe,AZ
85281
http://www.mkt.com/desertrootskitchen
4803820228

energy
  • Turn off lights in unoccupied areas
  • Take advantage of natural lighting
  • Replace incandescent lamps with ENERGY STAR® rated CFLs or LEDs
  • Replace T-12 fluorescent lamps with high-efficiency T-8, T-5 or LED lamps.
  • Use partial lighting before and after public hours
  • Use only necessary safety and security lighting
  • Reduce cooling and heating in unused areas
  • Replace motors with high-efficiency options
  • Install landscaping to shade windows in sun-struck sections of your building
  • Adjust temperature settings and schedules to avoid unnecessary cooling or heating
  • If you have a central air system, make sure the system is balanced
  • Establish a preventative HVAC maintenance program
  • Repair doors and windows that don’t close or seal properly
  • Close window treatments during summer months
  • Remove excess office equipment and use smart power strips to manage equipment use
  • Reduce hot water temperature settings and use
water
  • Fix leaks!
  • Encourage staff to use efficient rinsing techniques
  • Detect and fix any leaks from pipes, fixtures, appliances and equipment
  • Provide refrigerated drinking water
  • Scrape dishes rather than rinsing them before washing
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean floors, sidewalks and other hard surfaces
  • Make sure all hoses are equipped with automatic shut-off nozzles
  • Run only full loads in the clothes washers and dishwashers
  • Water landscapes early in the morning or in the evening
  • Clean windows only when needed
  • Thaw food in the refrigerator or microwave instead of using running water
  • Wash vehicles only when needed
  • Discard clean water into plants instead of the drain
travel
  • Encourage carpooling to company events and offsite meetings
  • Hold events along the frequent transit network
  • Provide secure bicycle parking facilities for employees
  • Provide casual bicycle parking on-site for clients
  • Share trip planning tools – ValleyMetro.org trip planner, Mobile Site/Apps including RideKick, regional cycling maps
  • Engage employees in regional campaigns like Valley Bike Month and Bike to Work/School Day, Dump the Pump, etc.
waste
  • Print only necessary documents
  • Send memos, quotes and invoices electronically
  • Minimize paper usage in meetings
  • Provide recycling bins at key locations
  • Donate outdated electronics
  • Repurpose or reuse office supplies and equipment that remains serviceable
  • Use washable cutlery and plates
  • Use kitchenware and utensils that are either recyclable or compostable
  • Recycle hazardous waste through the proper environmental compliance resources
  • Consider alternatives to purchasing products that are disposable and over-packaged
  • Establish a food composting station throughout your facilities
  • Develop a policy of purchasing non-toxic cleaning materials
  • Return used CFL (compact fluorescent) lights to hardware stores that accept them for proper disposal
  • For food service businesses, enroll in the Tempe Grease Cooperative
purchasing
  • Purchase FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified or 100% postconsumer recycled paper
  • Purchase environmentally friendly bulk cleaning supplies
  • Purchase refillable and reusable products
  • Conduct lifecycle assessments on products prior to purchase to ensure maximum sustainability, return on investment and environmental efficiency
  • Purchase fair trade coffee and tea
  • Use minimal packaging in deliveries or shipments
  • Reduce delivery frequency of office supply shipments
  • Choose green eco-friendly printers
  • Choose ENERGY STAR® products, which are certified for energy efficiency
  • Introduce a policy that supports sustainable products
  • Choose products that reduce or eliminate pollution and toxins
  • Support products and services that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Consider biodiversity maintenance or improvement when producing or acquiring .products and services
  • Consider employee health and safety when choosing suppliers
  • “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” when making purchasing decisions


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