Caruso Caruso Follow up page

Sustainability Checklist

  • They have a sustainability policy in place and a staff member in charge of it's implementation.
  • Their customers and suppliers are aware of their sustainability goals and actions.
  • They seek to use local contractors and local goods when possible.

Energy and water

  • Replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescent light bulbs
  • Replace T12 lighting with energy efficient lighting.
  • Use motion sensors, timers, and other lighting controls.
  • Unplug chargers while not in use.
  • Use programmable thermostat
  • Set all computers to turn off after 10 minutes.
  • Turn all computers off at the end of each business day


  • Offer a green or sustainable product or service
  • Replace production equipment with energy or water efficient models.
  • Use recycled or previously used material in manufactured products.
  • Reduce and recycle waste materials from manufacturing process
  • Adjust work schedules for efficient utility use and reduced traffic from employees and shipping vehicles
  • Implement a protocol for employee suggestions for efficiency.


  • Buy office copy paper with at least 30% recycled content
  • Print letterhead and business cards recycled stock
  • Purchase and use safer, more eco-friendly alternatives to previously used products for janitorial, pest control, and or facility maintenance.
  • Purchase biodegradable or compostable to go food containers
  • Purchase more materials in bulk
  • Use low-emsion building materials in remodeling
  • Purchased used furniture, equipment, or materials
  • Exchange or donate un wanted furniture, equipment, or scrap


  • Implement police/practices to encourage employee walking, biking, carpooling, transit, and/or telecommuting

Waste Prevention

  • Reduce copying: use electronic distribution to avoid unnecessary document printing, and set copier and printer defaults to double sided
  • Contact catalogue senders and others to reduce the amount of bulk mail and duplicate mailings you receive
  • Use marketing materials that require no envelopes
  • Reuse packaging and shipping materials
  • Offer reusable shopping bags and/or discounts for those who use them
  • Replace individual hand soap containers with larger, refillable dispensers
  • Use reusable rather than disposable products-dishes, towels, boxes, bags, containers
  • Install motion towel dispensers or air dryers near all sinks
  • Install motion activated soap dispensers
  • Prohibit littering at the workplace or while on duty


  • Recycle paper
  • Recycle glass
  • Recycle aluminum and other metals
  • Recycle plastic bottles, utensils, wrappers, and other materials
  • Recycle boxes and other cardboard materials
  • Recycle pallets, pallet wrap, and any other wood debris
  • Recycle toner and inkjet cartridges
  • Recycle or properly dispose of all used batteries
  • Install signs and distribute instructions on recycling to staff