Is the business located within walking distance of public transit, a bike share or anelectric car charger?
Businesses located near public transport, bike shares or electric charging stations reduce the need for gas burning vehicles.
Do they engage in carbon offsets?
A carbon offset compensates for a businesses emissions by funding a project that eliminates carbon dioxide elsewhere.
Do they disclose their carbon footprint?
A carbon footprint measures the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere due to the creation of a product or service, daily operations of the business and even how the product is transported.
Clean Power Champion
Do they use renewable energy?
Renewable energy, unlike fossil fuels, comes from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and small scale hydro.
Does the business use energy efficient appliances, smart devices, or is the business located in a LEED Certified or equivalent green building?
Being in a LEED Certified building or using energy efficient appliances and smart devices reduces energy usage and means less emissions that pollute our planet.
Do they partner with community organizations?
Partnerships include promoting a causes, offer business facilities to host events or provide advisory or pro bono services
Do they volunteer with local non profits?
Volunteering time can be just as valuable as donating profits and increases community engagement
Do they donate profits to causes that impact the neighborhood they serve?
Donating profits to fund causes important to the neighborhood allows the community to flourish
Are they a locally owned business?
Local owners are more likely to be dedicated to keeping their neighborhood special and flourishing for all
Do they positively engage in diversity?
Diverse businesses (women owned, LGBTQ+ friendly, minority owned) are needed to represent their client base and to create a more inclusive economy for all
Do their products have any third party social or environmental certifications?
The Impact: Third party certifications help verify social and environmental best practices (the Eco Label Index is a great source of these certifications)
Do they offer products that are protecting animal welfare and animal friendly options?
The Impact: Protecting animal welfare and biodiversity ensures that all living things are given the chance to flourish and contribute to the world
Would you use this service again and are the products built to last?
The Impact: Quality withstands the test of time and means a product is durable, safe and useful, in other words, something you would recommend to friends or family
Do they use cleaning supplies and products free of harmful chemicals?
The Impact: Chemicals can be toxic and lead to respiratory illnesses, skin irritation, cause allergies and immuntoxicity and even lead to developmental and reproductive issues
Do they post unbiased reviews of their products/services in store or on their website?
The Impact: Unbiased reviews means decision making insight for consumers and creates valuable feedback for businesses
Do they compost or have products made from compostable materials?
The Impact: Composting reduces trash and potent methane gases in landfills and creates a great natural fertilizer
Do they recycle or have products made from recycled materials?
The Impact: Recycling reduces trash in landfills and when used as an input material, saves resources (ex. helps avoid using more fossil fuels to make new plastics)
Zero Waste Hero
Do they offer package free options, take back programs, or have a zero waste certification?
The Impact: Consumption can create unnecessary waste so having practices in place to eliminate excess packaging and reuse or repurpose end of life products creates a regenerative economy
Are they donating unused food, supplies or other products?
The Impact: Donating unused product helps redistribute resources to those that need them and eliminates waste
Do they offer eco-friendly alternatives to single use products?
The Impact: Reuse items when possible, but when single use items (like take out containers) can't be avoided, eco-friendly alternatives like compostable or plant based reduces plastic waste