Green Workplace Challenge Update

Green Workplace Challenge Update – JoAnn Rizzo, ECO Chair

#Compete #Save #Win

AE Works has thrown our hat into the ring to compete in the 2016-2017 Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Green Workplace Challenge (GWC) under the small business category.  For over the last year, we have been busy learning and putting into action strategies to reduce our footprint and enable our triple bottom line business model.

Highlighted Completed Actions – This is a snapshot of some of the things we accomplished thanks to the Green Workplace Challenge!

  • Transportation – Commute Info shared alternative commute options (bus, T and carpooling) with us and team members have received customized reports on commuting alternatives to help all of us make more informed decisions regarding our daily commutes.  With our recent move to the North Side, this info has been very helpful! We have several team members commuting regularly on the bus and T!
  • Water –  Several team members went on a Tour of ALCOSAN’s (Allegheny County Sanitary Authority)  Wastewater  Treatment  Facility. We toured this 59 acre facility and learned about water quality in our region.
  • Energy –  We have created an EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager account and added our energy, water & materials management (waste) data. By doing this we can better keep track of and hopefully reduce our usage.
  • Materials Management  – We have done a preliminary waste audit to set our baseline and are implementing a central area for trash & recycling  with the intention of reducing our waste production and increasing our diversion rate.
  • Air Quality – We participated in the  ROCIS (Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces)  Low-Cost Monitoring Project (LCMP) . This was a 3 week monitoring program in which we monitored particles, CO (carbon monoxide), CO2 (carbon dioxide), radon, temperature & humidity.
  • Engagement – We participated in several of the Green Workplace Challenge’s sessions and panels as speakers contributing the A/E perspective.  We shared about our Triple Bottom Line and B Corp certification, energy efficiency buildings and more!

Building Community
Through our participation in this competition, we’ve had the opportunity to learn from community partners. Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Emily Palmer, Carol Pan and Anastasia Stolz helped us kick things off with a presentation on the Green Workplace Challenge.    We also had Lisa Kay Schweyer from Southwestern Pennsylvanian Commission’s CommuteInfo Program share their mission and swing by the office in one of their commuter vans.

Additionally, the Team aspect of the competition was also a great experience for us. We learned a lot from our “East” team.  Thank you GTECH Strategies, East End Food Coop, Fireman Creative, Homewood Children’s Village, Optimus Technologies, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse & Shift Collaborative !

 

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