Sustainability Checklist
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Office Information
Office's Designated Leader
Please name the person who will lead your office in this assessment. (Note: There can be more than one designated leader in each department)
Your answer
Department/Office
Please specify what department or office you are in.
Your answer
Room/ Office #
Please state the building and room number that the Assessment will take place.
Your answer
Number of members
Please choose the amount of participating members in your team. (Note: In the effort in promoting healthy competition, the maximum amount of members per team is 10.)
Energy
Are all of the computers in your office in an energy saving mode such as: sleep mode, hibernate, or low power setting?
Using these power modes while also turning off your screen saver will reduce your computer's energy consumption.
5 points
Are more than half of the electronics or other devices in the office plugged in to power strips?
Power strips help to save energy by managing power loads and protecting against blackouts.
6 points
Are power strips turned off at the end of each work day?
Appliances consume more energy than many realize while plugged in even if they are turned off. Turning off power strips after every work day will help to save energy over time.
5 points
Does everyone in your office save energy through methods of turning off lights when they are not in use or task lighting?
Task lighting refers to the act of illuminating an area with the minimum amount of lighting required.
6 points
Does more than half of the office have their own individual printers?
Sharing a desktop printer helps in both saving energy and utilizing resources.
5 points
Does your office have a desktop printer that everyone shares to replace individual printers?
Networked printers are helpful in reducing the amount of equipment in the office that requires energy.
4 points
Other Energy notes for the office?
Your answer
Waste Management and Disposal
Does your office have access to all three of the appropriate waste disposal bins (Landfill, Recycling, Compost)?
By having access to the appropriate bins you can properly dispose of common waste in terms of compost, recycling, and landfill.
5 points
Is your office aware that the Office of Sustainability offers Zero Waste training? Has your office has participated in a Zero Waste training?
Contact the SOAP Team or the Zero Waste Team in the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@csueastbay.edu to set up a zero waste training.
5 points
Are all printer(s) default set to print double sided? *
Printing double-sided sheets helps to save the amount of paper used in the office.
5 points
Are paperless staff meetings the standard in your office?
Paperless meetings save resources such as paper, ink, pens, or folders.
6 points
Among your members, do you have a centralized place to share resources (office materials, equipment, etc)?
Developing a system to share resources such as a box of pens, folders, or staples will allow long-term savings in terms of costs and wastes.
6 points
Other Waste Management Notes?
Your answer
Transportation
Has the majority of your office heard about the ZimRide program?
CSUEB ZimRide is a ride-sharing transportation system that connects drivers and passengers.
2 points
Has the majority of your office heard about the Zagster program?
Zagster is an inner-campus program that provides bicycles for staff, faculty, and students.
2 points
Has the majority of your office heard about the Zipcar program?
Zipcar is a car-sharing program that allows staff, faculty, and students to rent a car for quick and eco-friendly transportation.
2 points
Has at least half of your office heard about or used the internal campus shuttle?
The internal campus shuttle (UV and Campus loop shuttle) provides rides around the campus to save both time and gas from the parking lot to the workplace.
2 points
Do you ever carpool to campus?
Participating in a carpool system will help reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.
3 points
Are you aware that when travelling by air carbon offsets can be purchased?
Since air travel results in greenhouse gas emissions, buying a carbon offset will fund other projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This can reduce your carbon footprint.
2 points
Does anyone in the office take any of these sustainable methods to commute to school: BART, campus shuttle, AC Transit, bicycle, carpool, electric vehicle, walk?
If safe and practical, using other methods such as these to get to school will be the most sustainable. The methods of cycling or walking are not only good for the planet but can also improve your own health.
6 points
Other transportation notes?
Your answer
Employee Health and Wellness
Does everyone in your office know each others names?
Knowing the name of the people in your team encourages increased interaction.
3 points
Has a messenger outlet been established in order to communicate among peers? (Email, GroupMe, etc.)
5 points
Is there at least one plant in the office/cubicle?
Plants naturally purify air and will help to remove compounds that are dangerous from items such as fuels, furnishings, or clothing. They can also help to make you feel more calm and relaxed. Visit this website to see if the plants in your office are NASA recommended: https://www.boredpanda.com/best-air-filtering-houseplants-nasa/
6 points
Do you take regularly scheduled breaks to stretch and/or walk during normal office hours?
Contact IT to put StretchClock on your office computer. It is a break reminder that will show you simple exercises to do at your desk that could give you relief from or reduce your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive stress injury, back pain, or shoulder pain.
5 points
Has your office space been assessed by Environmental Health and Safety for ergonomics?
Contact Thomas Sneed in order to set up an assessment: Thomas.sneed@csueastbay.edu
6 points
When cleaning your office, do you use environmentally clean products?
Green Seal has developed standards in order for manufacturers, purchasers,and consumers to create and use truly green products for a sustainable economy and improved environmental health. In order to know if you are using environmentally friendly products visit: http://www.greenseal.org/FindGreenSealProductsAndServices.aspx.
4 points
Has the majority of your office heard of the RAW weekly newsletter?
Sign up for the Recreation and Wellness (RAW) weekly newsletter. It contains health and fitness tips, information about RAW services, and updates about upcoming events on campus. To subscribe visit the News section of the RAW Baysync page
4 points
Are you aware that the Office of Sustainability hosts Campus Clean-Ups each semester? Have you participated?
In a past clean-up on our campus, seven students picked up around 30 pounds of trash in just two hours. Participating in campus clean ups can help to keep our campus free of trash while also promoting sustainability to others.
6 points
Other employee health and wellness notes?
Your answer
Food and Packaged Goods
Has the majority of your office heard about the HOPE program? If yes, has your office donated at least 5 items to the HOPE Pantry?
Pioneers for H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Pioneers Excel) is an intervention program designed to satisfy the needs of students facing homelessness, food insecurity, and other various crisis situations.
5 points
Does the majority of your office bring their own reusable bottle to work instead of plastic bottles? *
Using reusable water bottles helps to reduce plastic waste.
5 points
Does the majority of your office use reusable utensils instead of disposable ones?
Using reusable utensils helps to reduce plastic waste.
5 points
Does everyone in your office properly dispose of organic waste in the green compost bin?
Composting reduces the need for chemical fertilizers since it creates a nutrient-filled material from your leftover organic matter.
7 points
Is everyone in your office informed on the benefits of certified-organic foods?
Organic standards address many factors including soil quality, animal raising, pest and weed control, and use of input materials. Consuming organic food can help to reduce your risk of exposure to pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones.
5 points
If snacks are provided to members and guests in the office, are locally grown or organic items prioritized?
Buying food grown locally can reduce greenhouse emissions and air pollution. Locally grown food can also taste better and have more nutrients since it is likely to be more fresh.
5 points
Is coffee provided to members and guests in the office? Is it fair-trade coffee?
Fair trade coffee benefits the environment through sustainable agriculture standards, as well as the farmers and the communities that they are from by ensuring that they receive a fair price and safe labor conditions. It encourages community development and environmental stewardship by reducing the amount of poverty in farming families. To find a list of fair trade coffee brands visit this website http://fairtradeamerica.org/Fairtrade-Products/Coffee
5 points
If food is brought to eat at work from home, does the majority of the office use reusable containers?
This can help you to save money while also reducing plastic waste.
5 points
Does the majority of people in your office who go to Starbucks or Einsteins Bagels use a reusable coffee mug?
Using a reusable mug will reduce waste, save resources, save you money, and keep your coffee warm.
6 points
Does at least half of the people in your office participate in meatless Mondays?
The Meatless Monday initiative encourages people to cut meat from their diet one day each week to improve personal health and the health of the planet.
6 points
Other food and packaged good notes?
Your answer
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