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Greener Downtown is a vision for all companies and organizations in downtown Honolulu to turn a darker shade of green, so Hawaii will be one step closer to a more sustainable future. By participating in the Hawaii Green Business Program, a collaboration between the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, state Department of Health and Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, businesses like yours can learn what environmental practices can be implemented to contribute to the greening of downtown. At the same time, you can earn the Hawaii Green Business Recognition.

This booklet is a guide on how to become a greener

company and be

recognized as a Hawaii

Green Business.

MAKE GREEN A PART OF YOUR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODEL.


Hawaii’s leaders and future leaders can set an example by being proactive in making our islands a better place to live, work and play. Our children and grandchildren are already ecologically minded; let’s bridge the gap. A Greener Downtown contributes to a healthier environment and a sustainable future. Every contribution is an important contribution. Every effort counts, big and small. We may eventually be “forced” to adopt green behavior; might as well make it our choice.

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Biodegradable — A material that is capable of being broken down into innocuous products by the action of living things (as microorganisms). Carbon footprint — The negative impact that something has on the environment, specifically the amount of carbon emitted by a person or business or industry during a given period. CFL— Compact fluorescent lamp or compact fluorescent light bulb; an energy saving light bulb. Co2 — Chemical symbol for carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that is contributing to global warming.

Global warming — An increase in our planet’s average air and ocean temperatures due to an increase in the greenhouse effect because of human influences, like pollution. Green — Relating to being or anything considered environmentally friendly. Greenhouse gas — Atmospheric gases that contribute to the warming effect (greenhouse) of our atmosphere.

Photovoltaics — Also known as PV; uses solar cells to convert radiant energy (light) from the sun into electricity.

Ecosystem — A community of organisms co-existing to form a self supporting environment.

Emissions — Used in reference to the discharge of greenhouse gases or carbon dioxide production created by human activity. Fossil Fuel — A hydrocarbon deposit such as coal, oil and natural gas, formed from fossilized dead plant and animal remains. SUPPORTS GREENER DOWNTOWN


Here are

TIPS to help

every business

get started.

Anyone in the company can inspire a green initiative, but it’s important for the head of the organization to take an active role. Form a green team to oversee the program. Different people can lead different parts of the program. Communicate the program to everyone in the company. People feel good about helping our planet. Set a timeline, including monthly updates, to complete the Hawaii Green Business Program. A five to sixmonth period is long enough to complete the program and short enough to keep the enthusiasm high. Organize a green day with simple objectives, like recycling all paper. It’s amazing how empty the waste baskets will be. Set a schedule for emailing green everyone in the company.

reminders to

Select a person to be the green tracker to keep tabs on how much paper is being saved because of recycling, the decrease in postage because of efax and other progress. Logon to www.greenerdowntown.com for best practices, insights into what other Hawaii companies are doing and to share your experiences. ACCOUNTANTS CONSULTANTS

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How to

become a

Hawaii Green Business

Complete the Hawaii Green Business Enrollment Application included in this kit or logon to www.hawaii.gov/greenbusiness for the application and details on proceeding.

Review each section of the Checklist, located at www.hawaii.gov/greenbusiness and determine what green actions your company is already doing and what areas you can work on.

You will be contacted by an auditor for a Site

Check.

HAWAII GREEN BUSINESS RECOGNITION!

After all three steps are successfully completed your company will be recognized as a Hawaii Green Business and will have contributed greatly to a sustainable future for downtown Honolulu and Hawaii.

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RESOURCE

Just

ONE TON of wastepaper per year. If all that paper were

& GREENTOIDS

6 people in an office dispose about recycled

rather than dumped in a landfill, we would

save

enough electricity to

run a three bedroom home for a year, and

17 TREES will live.

Where can we take paper to be recycled? First, contact your building manager to see if they have a program in place. If not, check out www.opala.org/ solid_waste/archive/recycling_companies.html for a list of recycling

companies.

What are the best copiers for two-sided copies? It’s greener to lease, rather than buy. Logon to www.jdpower.com/business/ ratings/business-class-copier-ratings/ black-and-white. SUPPORTS GREENER DOWNTOWN


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If

100,000 people STOPPED

their junk mail, we could

150,000 trees

How can I stop my junk

save up to

a year.

mail?

Visit www.stopjunkmail.com for guidance on exercising your right to opt-out.

What is the best way to dispose of Styrofoam packing peanuts?

What kind of material is best to use for packaging? Use shredded paper for packaging instead of Styrofoam. Visit www.consumersearch.com/ paper-shredders for reviews and what to look for in a paper shredder.

Contact the Plastic Loose Fill Council, an organization established to develop, promote and implement the original use and subsequent recovery, reuse and recycling of plastic loose fill, at 1-800-828-2214 or logon to www.loosefillpackaging.com. SUPPORTS GREENER DOWNTOWN


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The

energy used by a building to

support a single worker for one day causes

2 times

as much greenhouse gas emissions as the drive to and from work.

What can a single office do to contribute to a building’s overall energy efficiency? Using Energy StarŽ office equipment will help decrease energy use. Checkout www.energystar.gov (click on Office Equipment under the Products heading) for qualified products in over 60 categories. About 35% of the electricity used in an office building is consumed by lighting. Replace light bulbs in your desk lamps with CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs and turn off the lights when you leave the office. As a reminder, apply the stickers in this kit next to your light switches.

Electronics plugged into outlets use electricity even if they are not charging. Unplug devices such as mobile phones and laptops once they are charged.

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Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)

encourages

the purchase of products and

services that have a lesser or

impact on the environment and people’s health.

hat companies in Hawaii W participate in the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program?

reduced

Click on www.hawaii.gov/dbedt/info/ energy/resource/greenpurchasing for an Environmental Product Guide (look for “EP Guide”) that provides names and contact information of local companies that sell Energy Star appliances, non-paper office products and other environmentally preferred products and services.

What are the benefits of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there are several benefits of EPP: improved ability to meet environmental goals; improved worker safety and health; reduced liabilities; reduced health and disposal costs;

AND INCREASED AVAILABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERABLE PRODUCTS IN THE MARKETPLACE. Click on www.epa.gov/epp/pubs/ about/about.htm for more information.

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Energy-efficient upgrades result in

typically

SAVINGS that can be used to pay for

the cost of the project.

re there any programs that A assist with financing energy efficiency projects? Check out www.business.gov/expand/ green-business/energy-efficiency/getstarted/financing.html for information on grants, loans and financing opportunities for energy efficiency projects.

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