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

West 6th Tempe

energy
  • Turn off lights in unoccupied areas
  • Take advantage of natural lighting
  • Put reminder stickers on light switches to turn them off
  • 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
  • Make sure automatic lighting controls are working properly
  • Reduce cooling and heating in unused areas
  • 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!
  • Monitor your water bills
  • Encourage staff to use efficient rinsing techniques
  • Install an instant water heater so you don’t have to let the water run
  • Detect and fix any leaks from pipes, fixtures, appliances and equipment
  • Install appropriate low‐flow devices, shut‐off valves, faucet aerators and other water‐efficient equipment. Look for the WaterSense label
  • 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
  • Use mulch in landscapes to keep moisture in the soil
  • 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
  • Contact your water provider to see if water conservation rebates are available
travel
  • Encourage carpooling to company events and offsite meetings
  • Promote ride-matching service to form carpools at www.sharetheride.com hosted by Valley Metro
  • Hold events at locations served by transit
  • Hold events along the frequent transit network
  • Provide staff with transit fares for travel locally to business meetings
  • Provide secure bicycle parking facilities for employees
  • Provide casual bicycle parking on-site for clients
  • Provide one washroom facility where the door can be locked for cyclist/runners to freshen up
  • 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.
  • Use webinars, video and teleconferencing
  • Offer start and end times that avoid peak periods of travel
  • Conduct regular prize drawings for employees who use alternate modes of transport
waste
  • Set printers to print double sided
  • Print only necessary documents
  • Send memos, quotes and invoices electronically
  • Minimize paper usage in meetings
  • Provide recycling bins at key locations
  • Encourage employees to sort materials into the proper categories through communication and signage if your community doesn’t have co-mingled or single stream recycling
  • Subscribe to online newspapers and magazines
  • Donate outdated electronics
  • Repurpose or reuse office supplies and equipment that remains serviceable
  • Donate unwanted food
  • Use washable cutlery and plates
  • Use kitchenware and utensils that are either recyclable or compostable
  • Recycle hazardous waste through the proper environmental compliance resources
  • 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


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