Clean Energy

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Includes carbon offsets; fuel; fuel additives; Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs); solar panel and wind turbine manufacturers and installers

Company

Required:

  • Business core purpose includes a “green” business function.
  • Social and environmental mission and vision statement for your business on website.

Products/Services

Required:

  • Helps consumers deal with on-site clean energy units such as solar panels when they reach the end of their lifetime.
  • Biofuels and fuel additives are carbon neutral, do not compete for land used for food crops, and do not cause indirect land use change.
  • Carbon offsets are real, verifiable, enforceable, permanent, and additional.
  • RECs and carbon offsets are third-party verified.
  • Detailed and responsible environmental management policy and/or procurement policy for all manufacturing processes and waste materials.

Preferred:

  • Offers a take back program for solar panels.

Product Manufacturing (if applicable)

  • Commitment to sustainable labor practices and continuous improvement and transparency in the process.
  • Country of manufacture(s) disclosed on all products unless everything comes from one country and it is stated clearly on the front page of the website.
  • Code of conduct in place that addresses social and environmental factory conditions with enforcement mechanism.
  • Owned factories have an established worker representation mechanism.
  • Owned factories pay a wage that ensures workers well-being.
  • Commitment to a transparent supply chain including sub-contracting.
  • Long-term contracts with contracted manufacturers.

Company Employment:

Required:

  • Employees have access to family friendly benefits including high-quality health insurance, sick days, paid parental leave and childcare help.
  • Offer a flexible workplace culture that encourages work/life balance and makes reasonable accommodations for telecommuting and flex schedules.
  • Pays a wage that ensures employees well-being.
  • Has an established non-discrimination policy and procedure, and ensures an inclusive workplace culture.
  • Governs fairly and in a transparent manner. Is open to employee input. Has a whistle blower protection policy in place.

Preferred:

  • Living wage is paid.
  • Has an established program that invests in employee growth and development.

Education:

Required:

  • Use transparent and truthful marketing.
  • Advocate for green business practices in your industry.
  • Established program for receiving input from both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Projects serving low to moderate income communities.

Preferred:

  • Actively seeks feedback from industry peers and participates in industry associations and mentor programs.

Green Office/Facility

Required:

  • HVAC system well-maintained, building well-insulated, and smart and efficient climate control employed.
  • System in place for reducing electricity consumption from lighting and electronics.
  • Use of Energy Star rated appliances and CFL/LED light bulbs in office.
  • Use of 100% post-consumer recycled, Chlorine Free paper in the office and in all envelopes, marketing, and print materials.
  • Systems in place for reducing paper use such as electronic processes, printers set with double sided printing as the default, and more.
  • Use of only non-toxic cleaning and pest control products.
  • Maximum amount of waste is reused or recycled including paper, plastic, metals, glass, electronics, and printer ink cartridges.
  • Action on clean energy such as purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) or use of on-site clean energy.
  • Compost all food waste.
  • Landscaping done with sustainability in mind, especially considering runoff and stormwater management.
  • Only fair trade and USDA certified organic coffee and tea served in the office.
  •  Use of green or local caterers for events.
  • Use of a certified E-Steward for electronics recycling.