As part of the Small Business Energy Efficiency Program, Environment Lethbridge has established a Sustainable Business Certification to recognize local businesses and not-for-profits that are taking a focus on sustainability in terms of energy, water and waste. Click here to see some of their stories.

Take a look at our Sustainable Business Guide for some ideas on how you can improve and then fill out the form below to let us know what sustainable actions your organization is currently practicing, as well as any future goals you have to find out what level you are at now and what level you could achieve once you reach all of your goals! There are 5 different levels, depending on the level of commitment to sustainable practices: Bronze, Silver, Platinum, Gold, and Superstar.

 

Sustainable Business Certification Checklist

Display "Turn off Taps" sticker near sinks
Perform a basic walk-through energy audit
Set storage water heater thermostat to 60-65°C, on-demand water heaters to 50°C
Encourage carpooling or alternate transportation/walking/biking
Vehicle tune-ups for optimal efficiency
Use fuel-efficient vehicles
Use electric or hybrid company vehicles
Green route delivery system (use most efficient route to minimize carbon footprint)
Repair Dripping Taps
Install low-flow faucet aerators (1.5 gpm / 6.8 lpm or less)
Install low-flow fixtures: faucets/ shower heads/ spray valves etc. (1.5 gpm / 6.8 lpm or less)
Install an exterior water catchment system
Wash laundry in cold water
Only use dishwasher when full
Switch computers and electronics off at night
Unplug electronics or switch off power bars when not in use
Set AC no lower than 26°C in summer and off at night / in winter
Set heat to max 20°C in winter and 16°C when area is unoccupied, off in summer
Clean filters on furnace and AC regularly
Use fans instead of AC
Roll back awnings and/or prune back vegetation in the winter to let sunlight into windows and onto walls
Open window coverings during the day in winter to let in sunlight, close at night to trap heat in. Close when needed to block sun in summer
Use reversible ceiling fan to redistribute heat downwards in winter
Leave lights off when natural light is sufficient
Turn lights off when not in use
Use smart power bars (that switch off automatically when not in use)
Install programmable thermostat and program according to most efficient schedule (AC no lower than 26°C in summer and off when area unoccupied. Heat to max 20°C in winter and 16°C when area is unoccupied, off in summer
Shade outdoor components of AC (and nearby walls and ground)
Service appliances regularly to ensure efficiency
Install timers or motion sensors on exterior lighting
Replace incandescent or fluorescent bulbs with LEDs
Plant deciduous vines, bushes, or trees to shade south walls and windows
Use caulking to seal drafts
Install weatherstripping and door sweeps to seal doors
Install window film to seal drafts
Install bike racks
Perform an in-depth professional energy audit
Install occupancy sensors for indoor lights
Install a smart thermostat
Install solar lights outdoors
Insulate gaps
Install roof ventilation
Tint windows/ install reflective film
Use Energy Star appliances
Use laptops instead of desktops
Passive solar design (awnings, pergolas, fly roof, eaves etc.)
Install or paint a white coloured roof
Install an Energy Star water heater
Install wall insulation at or above recommended R-value
Install attic insulation at or above recommended R-value
Install energy-efficient windows
Install solar panels
Purchase renewable energy
Install and maintain a green roof/walls
Procurement - the majority of items used are locally sourced
Recycle - returnables, cardboard, paper (easy to recycle)
Recycle - cigarette butts (terracycle)
Recycle - Glass, metal, plastic (non-returnables)
Procurement - sustainable-certified items eg. FSC certified paper products
Procurement - Purchase recyclable or recycled items
Procurement - Purchase items with less packaging
Recycle - difficult to recycle items (batteries, electronics lightbulbs, styrofoam etc.)
Procurement - compostable items
Procurement - zero-waste products and alternatives to single-use
Use organic waste for animal feed or compost

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