Monthly Archives: February 2014

Sustainability: Applications that can Re-use or Use Reused Water

sustainability waterTo improve the sustainability of any business, you might consider all of your practices regarding the water your business uses. Implementing applications that can reuse water, or use reused water, can save you money while also making your business more environmentally conscious. 

Recycled water is categorized as potable and non-potable, both approved for use in different applications. Here is a short list of ways in which a business can conserve the use, and reduce the waste, of water, improving financial stability, as well as enhancing environmental sustainability for all.

  1. Agriculture: Generally speaking, one application for non-potable recycled water is in many types of agriculture. You can apply this to any type of business – even if you are not doing any farming. For example, chances are you do use things like sprinkler systems for lawn upkeep. Recycling water in this way allows for redistribution in natural ground water after use.
  2. Industry: Many industrial processes and equipment rely on water as a means of cooling, making this a very efficient way to recycle non-potable water sources. Conversion over to steam power when possible is another great way to reuse water.
  3. Plumbing: Most recycled water can also be used in plumbing applications. Here, the non-potable and potable water is separated, providing clean drinking water while using its less processed cousin for things such as evacuating toilets or large drains.

Class-G has allowed any business the benefit of being certified as sustainable without using large amounts of capital. Not only will Class-G give you credit for the sustainability practices you already have in motion, but they will also give you suggestions where and how to improve the green practices of your business – and help you track this over time.

Having a valid, third-party green certification shows stakeholders – including investors, employees, vendors, customers and the surrounding community – your commitment to the environment. It’s good for the planet, it good for people, and it’s good for business.

Air Filtration Systems: Worth the Cost

green business certificationInvesting in an air filtration system for your business can be a costly venture in the short term, but has many long term benefits for the health of both your business, as well as the people you employ. It can also be one step in the right direction towards a green business certification that will show your commitment to sustainability to both stakeholders and clients alike.

First off, a properly maintained HVAC system is very important to efficiency. When existing filters become clogged with dust, dirt, and debris, the entire system is forced to work harder to push air through it. As a result, the system will require more energy to run, and will invariably result in higher monthly heating and cooling bills. An air purification system can certainly help with this issue; by taking impurities out of the air, filters do not clog as rapidly.

In an industrial setting, air purifiers can be even more important. Often mechanical and manufacturing processes give off harmful fumes or exhaust. These chemicals are not only bad when inhaled by employees or customers, but can be harmful to the environment as well – contributing to land and air pollution. An air filtration system can help contain these impurities from the office, as well as the ecosystem.

Air filtration in a business can also help in other ways. Removing irritants and dirt from the air can improve the comfort of the business environment, and lead to healthier and more productive employees. For businesses that are frequented by customers will provide a noticeably cleaner experience for them.

Class-G has made it possible for any business to receive a green business certification without spending a fortune. Class-G not only gives you credit for practices already in place, but also provides ways for businesses to improve green practices across the board.

Green Buildings: How to Make Existing Buildings Green

Green BuildingThe recent trend toward sustainable buildings is obvious in new construction as architects and contractors focus on using green techniques in the building process – as well as making sure the building follows eco-friendly standards in its usage. Renovations and additions follow this same concept. There are steps to be taken to make existing buildings follow the same opportunities of green living that are expected from new buildings.

Class-G is a self-certification platform that offers a way to measure and report the steps taken by a company or organization to improve the sustainability of their operating locations, leased or owned. This allows the company to track and improve sustainable actions across numerous locations and business holdings.

The Class-G certification process includes measurements for air and health quality systems, energy conservation, materials used, water management, waste reduction and “other” to include any measures not included within the other topics. Any commercial location can be certified for actions already in place and therefore see tangibly what areas can be improved upon to make a more environmental lifestyle for the building and the employees in it, as well as areas to save money!

This method gives credit to those companies that reuse existing buildings rather than tearing them down to build a state-of-the-art green buildings. Simple daily methods of sustainability can be used such as using less daily supplies of non-reusable materials and recycling the ones that must be used for the business to operate. Introducing fan systems to distribute warm air in winter or cool in summer or replacing older appliances with Energy Star fixtures are realistic and inexpensive ways to improve sustainability while reducing operating costs.

Of course, when renovations are made, they can be engineered to improve the sustainable buildings’ overall ratings by using the proper sustainable methods and materials. Even daily maintenance can be used as a way to slowly improve the building’s efficiency over time by incorporating sustainability techniques. An example would be to replace an old faucet rather than to continue repairing it regularly, and to replace it with one that conserves water.

All told, sustainably managed locations do not have to be difficult to accomplish. They don’t have to require expensive new building contracts or renovations. The key is for the company to introduce an emphasis on green living and insist on its use by their employees when they are at work.