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

Escape Zone

414 S Mill Ave #112
Tempe,AZ
85281
https://www.escapezoneaz.com
480-666-5550

We recycle all paper materials, manually adjust electricity during peak times, and provide access to a water jug instead of individual water bottles, but there are so many more ways to improve. We want to spread the importance of sustainability and how small changes can create big results.

energy
  • Turn off lights in unoccupied areas
  • 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.
  • Make sure automatic lighting controls are working properly
  • Reduce cooling and heating in unused areas
  • Replace incandescent exit signs with LED signs
  • Install smart or programmable thermostats
  • Replace HVAC units or systems with high-efficiency equipment
  • Inspect and repair existing insulation above ceilings or under the roof
  • Replace motors with high-efficiency options
  • Install variable-frequency drives on pumps and motors
  • Add insulation in areas of need
  • Add reflective solar films to windows
  • Install landscaping to shade windows in sun-struck sections of your building
  • Install power management software or systems to minimize equipment use after hours
  • Install low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads to reduce hot water use
  • 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
  • Optimize heating and cooling systems (21 Celsius / 70 Fahrenheit when occupied 16 Celsius / 61 Fahrenheit when unoccupied)
water
  • Fix leaks!
  • Monitor your water bills
  • Encourage staff to use efficient rinsing techniques
  • 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
  • Adjust sprinklers to ensure there is no overspray into non-landscaped areas
  • Make sure cooling towers are properly maintained and retrofitted if necessary
  • Install high efficiency ENERGY STAR® appliances including clothes washers and dishwashers
  • Shut off water to unused areas of your facility to eliminate waste from leaks or unmonitored use
  • Install water efficiency devices
  • Install WaterSense-labeled fixtures including toilets, urinals, faucets, pre-rinse spray valves, showerheads and smart irrigation controllers
  • 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
  • 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
  • Replace turf areas with (xeriscape) low- water-use plants
  • Shut off water to unused areas to eliminate waste from leaks or unmonitored use
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
  • Provide free or preferred parking for carpools and hybrid/electric vehicles
  • Educate driving staff (fleet management) on efficient driving techniques
  • Create a work from home (teleworking) option
  • Reduce air travel
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
  • Set waste reduction goals
  • Consider alternatives to purchasing products that are disposable and over-packaged
  • Review packaging of products with a view to reducing packaging waste
  • Establish a food composting station throughout your facilities
  • Consider leasing rather than purchasing products
  • Develop a policy of purchasing non-toxic cleaning materials
  • Send e-waste to an investment recovery process
  • Return used CFL (compact fluorescent) lights to hardware stores that accept them for proper disposal
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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