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Region 2

Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.

Facilitywide

Energy

  • Keep doors and windows closed to keep heat or air conditioning from escaping.
  • Paint walls and ceiling a light color.
  • Limit access to public area thermostats.
  • Install occupancy/infrared sensors to control lights and temperature.
  • Weatherize your facility by properly insulating walls and sealing doors and windows
  • Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products including:
    • Office equipment
    • Electronics
    • Exit signs
    • Appliances and vending machines
    • Lighting systems
    • Food service equipment
    • HVAC systems
  • Assess your facility’s current and past energy use to identify opportunities to improve energy performance.

Waste

  • Develop a program to facilitate donation or sale of extraneous supplies, furniture, and electronics.
  • Purchase products with the least amount of packing.
  • Ask vendors to use reusable packaging containers and pallets and take them back. Write into contracts where possible.
  • Purchase signage with post-consumer recycled content.
  • Implement a facilitywide recycling program for municipal solid waste and hazardous waste, including electronics.
  • Purchase environmentally preferable electronics, such as an ENERGY STAR or EPEAT registered products..
  • Reuse and/or recycle building materials during renovations.
  • Purchase recyclable and recycled-content building materials.

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Air Quality

  • Do not allow vehicle idling at front entrance or loading dock.
  • Use low volatile organic compound (VOC) emission paints.
  • Maintain 100 percent smoke-free facility.
  • Green fleets to minimize harmful emissions and reduce fuel use

Pest Management

  • Control clutter, foodstuff, and building penetrations to minimize pests.
  • Use sticky boards and pheromone traps.
  • Spot treat only where pests are located.
  • Install fly lights near entrances to shipping, receiving, food preparation and waste disposal areas to trap the pests.
  • Use baits and traps rather than pesticide sprays.
  • Use biologically-based pesticides.
  • Implement Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program:
    • Set an action threshold level.
    • Monitor pests to determine what needs control.
    • Prevent pests.
    • Control with less risky pest control methods.

Toxic Reduction

  • Use low volatile organic compound (VOC) emission paints.
  • Use environmentally preferable cleaning products.
  • Purchase environmentally preferable products, such as furniture and carpet, with lower levels of glue, formaldehyde, and volatiles.  

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