Tempe Pledge for a Sustainable Community


1430 W. Broadway Road Suite 201
Tempe, AZ

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We are committed to doing good business including creating and implementing sustainable practices

  • 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
  • Obtain an energy audit
  • Install occupancy sensors
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Conduct a water audit and identify water management goals
  • Perform irrigation system evaluations periodically
  • 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
  • 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
  • Replace turf areas with (xeriscape) low- water-use plants
  • Install a passive rainwater harvesting system
  • Shut off water to unused areas to eliminate waste from leaks or unmonitored use
  • Encourage carpooling to company events and offsite meetings
  • Hold events at locations served by transit
  • Hold events along the frequent transit network
  • 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
  • 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
  • Create a work from home (teleworking) option
  • Reduce air travel
  • 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
  • Consider alternatives to purchasing products that are disposable and over-packaged
  • Review packaging of products with a view to reducing packaging waste
  • 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
  • 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