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Build Green with the Home Depot

At The Home Depot, we pride ourselves on being sustainability minded. We offer thousands of Eco Options products - from ENERGY STAR® rated appliances and lighting, to WaterSense® labeled toilets, no-VOC paints, sealing and insulating products, and more. Whatever the project, we have Eco Options that help conserve water and energy, keep indoor air cleaner, and save you money.

Plus, the Home Depot has teamed up with Stericycle Environmental Solutions’ to create Mail Back program for batteries, bulbs and ballasts is designed to provide a simple, cost-e­ffective program that is compliant with EPA, DOT and OSHA regulations. Learn more at www.HomeDepot.com/lampandbatteryrecycling  or call (855) 328-6658. 

ideallygreen Environmentally Preferable Products
HD Supply’s ideallygreen initiative makes it easy for you to be green and save money! We offer more than 3,500 environmentally preferable products and practices that help you improve efficiencies to save money and resources. ideallygreen focuses on five main conservation categories: Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, Improved Indoor Environmental Quality, Waste Reduction and Hazardous Material Disposal.

Since 2012, the ideallygreen products sold to HD Supply customers have helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 million metric tons and save them $667 million in utility costs and 18 billion gallons of water. Let HD Supply help you decrease costs by increasing the efficiency of your facility as well as helping you achieve and streamline sustainable procurement through one source.

Green Renovation – Let HD Supply help you and your renters get the most out of your renovation project. 
Find Water Conservation tips and up-to-date legislation information.
Learn how to save money and reduce energy usage with our Energy Savings Calculator.

Implementing sustainable practices for your facility is a win for the environment as well as a total cost saver. Your SupplyWorks team is here to help, whether you wish to conduct an audit of your cleaning materials, water usage, and energy usage or simply purchase environmentally friendly products, SupplyWorks has the products and services you need to go green for good.

Energy can be the single-largest operating expense in a typical commercial building, costing American businesses more than $24 billion each year. If your systems are operating less than optimally, you may be spending more than necessary. Using controls and energy management solutions that manage operations and uncover opportunities to optimize your building and its systems can help transform your building into an asset that positively impacts your business.

The web-enabled Trane Tracer® Ensemble™ building management system provides a remote enterprise view of your entire organization to help reduce energy use. The system allows easy access to building systems from any mobile connected device to address comfort issues, make schedule changes, adjust set points, manage alarms and troubleshoot issues; and provides performance metrics to identify areas for improvement.

Trane Intelligent Services provides energy management systems and services that facilitate monitoring, analysis, alerts, and reporting to help manage energy consumption, and carbon footprint reduction tracking and visualization through dashboards to help achieve your sustainability goals. Uncover the Opportunities of Trane Intelligent Services.

The future of solar is looking very bright! With local and federal incentives available for several types of solar investments, solar can cost less than traditional electricity in many markets. There are numerous benefits to integrating solar and schools and government entities have historically been some of the strongest adopters of solar generation. Benefits to public organizations include:

  • Reduce Commodity Costs: Solar pricing is at historic lows and on par or below traditional grid electricity prices
  • Reduced Delivery Costs: Reducing conventional electricity demand from the grid reduces utility delivery charges
  • Budget Certainty: Fix solar supply cost for 15-20 years
  • Environmental: Long-term commitment to clean energy and sustainability benefits the local community
  • Student Education: Opportunities for solar energy science curriculums and classroom activities

Tradition Energy introduced a Massachusetts school district to Solar Net Metering services and they are now forcasted to reduce their overall energy costs more than $50,000 per year, with cumulative savings over $1.3 million for the length of the agreement.

For more information about Tradition's Sustainability services click here and download the Solar Energy datasheet to learn more about solar investments.

At Ricoh, we enjoy a legacy of introducing technologically sustainable solutions that meet the modern workforces' needs. Our own sustainability initiatives include internal practices and partnerships as well as sustainability focused guidance and personalized solutions. Ricoh can help turn your organization into a green space that works for your strategic goals using:

Adopting sustainability will give your organization the opportunity to enjoy consistent growth, meet consumer needs, save the environment, and gain confidence about your role in the larger economy. Start searching for the sustainable solutions that meet your organization's needs today.

Our Sustainability Vision
Haworth will be a sustainable corporation. We engage our employees in more sustainable practices; we initiate and use processes that are neutral or improve our environment; and we utilize our resources in ways that create adaptable and sustainable workspace solutions for our customers. We do all of this globally to protect and restore our environment, create economic value, and support and strengthen our communities.

Environmental advocacy at Herman Miller began with corporate values first put into words by the founder of our company, D.J. De Pree. In 1953, D.J. said that Herman Miller “will be a good corporate neighbor by being a good steward of the environment.” We have been working toward that goal ever since.

Environmental Advocacy
Our Vision and Policy
A Better World
Recognition & Awards

Knoll continues to focus on three key environmental areas: climate change; third-party certification and design for the environment, which sets standards for environmentally-responsible materials, products and processes. And we are continuing to set industry-leading standards for sustainable design.

  • Don’t forget the textile! Knoll “Green Bar” fabrics can help companies, healthcare organizations and educational institutions achieve LEED certification. Green Bar fabrics for furniture, walls and draperies contain  49%+ recycled content, 75%+ rapidly renewable material (natural fiber), or 100% Eco-Intelligent fiber
  • Full Circle is Knoll’s exclusive resource recovery program dedicated to extending the life cycle of surplus FF&E and building assets in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible way
  • 3rd Party Certification is critical to compliance. Knoll partner programs include: USGBC (US Green Building Council): LEED (Leadership in Environmental Design); FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council); and level® certification, a BIFMA (the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association) program.

Graybar is committed to environmental sustainability as it applies to each of our key stakeholders. Corporate Secretary magazine honored Graybar with Best Overall Corporate Governance Award in 2016. Graybar also continuously looks for products and services that support our customers' green and sustainability initiatives, including those that reduce energy usage, emissions and waste. We also provide products and services that will support future adherence to reduce hazardous substances (RoHS), provide alternative sources of energy and implement processes that increase use of eco-friendly products.

Green Purchasing

  • LED lighting and controls to better manage energy use
  • Both communication and electrical categories
  • Environmentally preferable and energy efficient

Green Services

  • Energy plans and audits
  • Lighting system and data center analysis
  • Recycling
  • Rebate administration services
  • Packaging/waste reduction
  • Electronic processing of documents

Energy-Efficient Solutions

  • Power monitoring, metering and management
  • Power distribution and control (includes Power over Ethernet)
  • Power conservation and plug-load control
  • Data center and communication closet assessment
  • Thermal and airflow management
  • Lighting and lighting controls (Includes daylight harvesting)

Electric Utility Vehicles: Get the Most For Your Money

Electric work utility vehicles can shrink your carbon footprint and cut operating costs, but do your due diligence. The power, build quality and reliability of electric vehicles differ considerably.

To avoid sacrificing power for sustainability, look for vehicles with:
  • 48-volt battery packs and 500-amp controllers, the most muscular of the standard offerings. Most electric vehicles feature 350- or 400-amp controllers that won't carry nearly as much weight as those with 500-amp controllers. 
  • Smart on-board chargers with reel retractors, like the ERIC Charger on Carryall work utility vehicles
  • A long, strong warranty that covers not only the battery, but the controller, motor and charger
  • Vehicles designed for specific applications, such as facilities engineering, grounds maintenance, refuse removal, security and other applications
  • Rustproof aluminum frames that can withstand water, fertilizers, chemicals and salt found on many sites

Learn more about what to look for and what to avoid when selecting electric utility vehicles.

Increase your fleet's productivity with Columbia's line of 100% electric work vehicles. Columbia gets the job done with safety for not only the operator but also the environment in mind. Columbia vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions and do not need messy oils or other maintenance needs like that of a traditional combustion engine. Columbia vehicles are versatile enough to allow for the transportation of people and materials in virtually any application all at a low cost of ownership. Whether you are looking to aid your maintenance crew or shuttle guests, Columbia has the right vehicle for you!

Enriching lives through play is our commitment to the children, families and communities we serve today and to many generations to come. That’s why our approach to environmental sustainability encompasses every aspect of our company – from the way we manufacture our products, to how we do business.

For nearly a century, we’ve created products that are made from responsible materials, manufactured in a sustainable manner and designed to be easily reclaimed at the end of their life cycle. Visit our website on Environmentally Responsible Play Systems.

KOMPAN is committed to complying with laws and requirements relevant to environmental protection. Whenever possible, KOMPAN uses wood from FSC-certified sources, and avoids suppliers who provide wood from questionable/controversial sources. Consequently, KOMPAN products are manufactured from materials and by technologies that have a minimal impact on the environment. Materials used by the company are evaluated on their environmental impact before they are deemed acceptable for use. KOMPAN strives to meet customer and society demands for anti-pollution products.

KOMPAN contributes to, internally as well as externally, the development of environmentally justifiable technologies, materials, management procedures, and behaviors. Furthermore, external companies doing business with KOMPAN are also expected to live up to the environmental policy. As a part of a continuous improvement process, KOMPAN sets and reviews environmental objectives and targets. KOMPAN carries out continuous quality and environmental audits of its control system, ensuring that environmental policies and goals are constantly improved and adapted to market demands.

Environmental Statement               Environmental Protection

Easy to be Green

When it's time to replace auto batteries, it's important to recycle your old one. That's because auto batteries are basically made from three elements: acid, plastic, and lead. Improper disposal of batteries can have dangerous consequences for people's health and the environment alike. Chemicals and heavy metals found in batteries can seep into soil and contaminate groundwater, streams, and lakes. When batteries are burned, noxious substances pollute the air. Fortunately, it's easy to be green. We have a recycling program here at Advance Auto Parts and Carquest locations. Simply drop off your old battery (or give it to your Commercial Account Manager on their next visit) at any of our stores (most vehicles, most locations, unless prohibited by law) and we'll take care of the rest.

Do you have out-of-service uniforms that are being replaced? Instead of throwing them in the trash, let the Cintas Uniform Recycling Service* securely recycle your worn and unusable uniforms for you. Once your out-of-service uniforms are shipped to a Cintas Distribution Center, they are then transferred to our recycling partner, Leigh Fibers, Inc. Here, the uniforms are processed and recycled into automobile insulation and carpet padding material. Beyond the benefits to you, this process offers invaluable benefits to our environment.

Did you Know?
  • Uniform recycling allows us to reduce the amount of textile products going into landfills. Clothing and household textiles currently make up 5.2% of all landfill.
  • Recycling uniforms also saves the environment from harsh chemicals, waste products and waste water used in the manufacturing of new clothing.

*An additional fee does apply to the service. The fee covers transportation and processing of the uniforms. Emblems cannot be recycled and need to be removed in advance.

Rehrig Pacific has grown to become a world-leading manufacturer of roll-out carts, recycle bins and commercial containers for the waste and recycling collection industry. Rehrig Pacific offers a growing number of container asset management and service tracking hardware and software systems. Our sophisticated tracking system will empower you with information to make better business decisions in an effort to improve productivity and safety, reduce operating costs, and enhance the customer experience. That's good news for the environment, and your business.

Rehrig Pacific provides:

Many of our products are recyclable, which equals sustainability, which equals efficiency. When you've gotten every last bit of use out of a Rehrig Pacific product, you can turn it in and get credit for a future order. All of our products can be recycled into another Rehrig product at the end of its service. Good news: our recycling infrastructure supports cart, container and #2 high-density polyethylene (HDPE) reclamation.

Roofing Supplies and Related Products and Services Provider

Garland's expansive line of sustainable roofing solutions is designed to provide sustainable alternatives to existing roof technology. Many of our green products feature zero VOCs, pre- and post-consumer recycled content, 100 percent recyclability, and high reflectivity among other sustainable attributes.

Key Products and Services:
  • Zero VOC adhesives
  • ENERGY STAR® qualified products
  • UL Environment certified modified bitumen membranes
  • 100% recyclable metal roof systems

Efficient Elevator Technology

KONE took the technological lead in the elevator industry by developing the KONE EcoDisc hoisting machine. With over half a million installations worldwide, KONE continues to develop machine room-less technology while focusing on energy and space efficiency, reliability and excellent ride comfort. KONE's machine room-less (MRL) technology eliminates the need for a machine or control room by attaching the hoisting machine to the guide rail, and placing all control and logic components within the confines of the hoistway.

  • Recovers excess energy from the elevator when an empty car travels upward or a full car travels downward
  • Can recover up to 20% of the total energy used by an elevator
  • Produces clean and safe energy that does not damage the network

Learn more about our efficient elevator products.

TAPCO manufactures and distributes products Eco friendly solutions for Traffic and Parking control. The TAPCO BlinkerSign® line of LED-enhanced signs are available standard with Solar power. In addition to savings on electricity, there is no need for costly trenching when installing BlinkerSign® systems. Our vast assortment of distributed traffic control products contain many products that are solar powered, reusable or made entirely or partially from recycled materials. Our U-Channel sign posts alone account for truckloads of recycled non-ferrous steel. The vast majority of our speed bumps, humps and rubber bases are made from recycled rubber tires. 

Both BI Incorporated (BI) and our parent company, The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO), are active in maintaining and improving our environmentally-friendly business practices. We currently operate six facilities designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards, as well as a LEED Gold-certified building.

BI is voluntarily compliant with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) and the Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, helping ensure we minimize our environmental impact. All of BI's products are recycled, including batteries, circuit boards, straps, and casings, and are shipped in recyclable packaging that can be used 3 to 4 times longer than cardboard shipping materials.

We buy products that are free from ODC's (Ozone Depleting Chemicals), lead and other harmful substances. BI is also WEEE compliant, allowing all customers to return waste or obsolete electrical components for controlled disposal.

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Greening your operation from coast to coast, Applied Industrial Technologies is dedicated to offering quality MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) products and serving our customers while protecting the environment we collectively share. Applied® offers a host of high-quality green supplies that meet your procurement goals:

  • Recycled content products
  • Environmentally preferred products and services
  • Biobased products
  • Energy- and water-efficient products
  • Alternatives to hazardous or toxic chemicals

Supplying more than 6.5 million products from more than 4,000 manufacturers, Applied is your partner in providing products that decrease energy bills, increase efficiency, reduce waste, streamline costs and create a safer work environment.

Learn more about Energy Efficiency and Eco-Friendly solutions from Applied.

The Grasshopper Company is committed to a cleaner environment and conservation. Our Tier-4 Final-compliant diesel-powered mowers use less fuel and are better for the environment than gasoline- or propane-powered ones. Learn more about diesel with our white paper, The Case for Diesel. Our manufacturing processes are designed to reduce waste and are environmentally responsible using processes such as a powder coat paint line.