Indian River Lagoon Green Business Pledge

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1. Facility

Do you have an office space/facility/building?*
Would you like to include green practices for your office/facility/building as part of your pledge?*

Facility Practices

Please indicate whether you are already doing the following office/facility/building practices; whether you pledge to start this year; whether you pledge to start next year; if you believe you will never do this; or if the practice doesn't apply to you (N/A).

1a. Actively repair and search for leaks within your business. (Understanding and monitoring your monthly water bill can provide an early indication of trouble. Also, staff must be asked to report signs of leaks.)*
1b. Create a central filing system instead of multiple personal files.*
1c. Designate an individual or group of individuals to be responsible for planning and monitoring your environmental programs.*
1d. Post a bulletin board with environmental conservation tips and reminders.*
1e. Include environmental practices in performance appraisals, job descriptions, training programs, and/or employee orientation.*
1f. Print all paperwork and promotional materials two-sided.*
1g. Provide easily accessible recycling containers and recycle all possible recyclables.*
1h. Replace memos with emails and/or use continuously circulating envelopes for routing within your business.*
1i. Request that your business be removed from unwanted mailing lists and eliminate duplicate mailings. Update mailing lists every 2 months.*
1j. Reuse single-sided paper for notes and drafts.*
1k. Reference www.BrevardCounty.us/solidwaste to ensure proper disposal of hazardous materials.*

2. General Solid Waste

Would you like to include solid waste reduction practices (i.e. reducing litter and trash) as part of your pledge?*

General Solid Waste Practices

Please indicate whether you are already doing the following solid waste reduction practices; whether you pledge to start this year; whether you pledge to start next year; if you believe you will never do this; or if the practice doesn't apply to you (N/A).

2a. Purchase products with recyclable or minimum packaging.*
2b. Purchase reusable products rather than disposables, such as water bottles, mugs, and lunch containers.*
2c. Set up a recycling program and maintain recycling containers for paper, plastics, and glass in vehicles and office areas. Find a location to drop these and other non-traditional recyclables such as chemicals, solvents, and other products.*
2d. Set up a system for your customers to return packaging for reuse.*
2e. Store chemicals, materials, stockpiles, and equipment out of rain and wind and away from roadways, storm drains, and waterways. Chemicals include fertilizers, pesticides, lubricants, waste oil, fuel, antifreeze, and hydraulic oil.*
2f. Drain fluids from equipment left for long-term storage.*
2g. Use “First-in, First-out” policy for time-sensitive materials.*
2h. Use fewer hazardous materials when cleaning and renovating (i.e., opt for the least hazardous paint, solvent, cleaner, etc.).*
2i. Donate unwanted items in good quality to local charities or other organizations (i.e., furniture, equipment, office supplies, food, etc.).*
2j. Maintain proper storage conditions to reduce material ruin.*
2k. Reference www.BrevardCounty.us/solidwaste to ensure proper disposal of hazardous materials.*

3. Fleet

Do you have a fleet?*
Would you like to include green practices for your fleet as part of your pledge?*

Fleet Practices

Please indicate whether you are already doing the following fleet practices; whether you pledge to start this year; whether you pledge to start next year; if you believe you will never do this; or if the practice doesn't apply to you (N/A).

3a. Wash fleet at carwash service that recycles water, or wash them with biodegradable soap over a grassy area away from storm drains.*
3b. Inspect equipment & vehicles often for leaks. Transfer fluids carefully — use drip pans or drop cloths to catch spills.*
3c. Set up a recycling program and maintain recycling containers for paper, plastics, and glass in vehicles.*
3d. Check often for proper tire pressure and adjust as necessary for optimal gas mileage.*

4. Water Conservation

Would you like to include water conservation practices as part of your pledge?*

Water Conservation Practices

Please indicate whether you are already doing the following water practices; whether you pledge to start this year; whether you pledge to start next year; if you believe you will never do this; or if the practice doesn't apply to you (N/A).

4a. Inspect conveyor-type dishwashers and ensure that water flow stops when there are no dishes in the washer through the use of a sensing arm or ware gate.*
4b. Inspect equipment and vehicles often for leaks. Transfer fluids carefully — use drip pans or drop cloths to catch spills.*
4c. Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.*
4d. Keep absorbent materials onsite (kitty litter) for prompt oil and grease spill cleanup.*
4e. Keep dumpster area clean and covered, ensure dumpster plug is in place, NEVER fill dumpster with liquid waste or hose waste remnants onto paved area or into storm drain.*
4f. Keep storm drain openings clear of litter, debris, and soil.*
4g. NEVER hose waste, grease, oil, or spills onto paved areas or into floor drains, storm drains, or water bodies. Sweep and collect floor waste into a leak-proof container and deposit waste in trash receptacle only.*
4h. Pour all mop water and other wastewater into utility or wash sink; NEVER dump wash water into paved areas, floor drains, storm drains, or water bodies.*
4i. Make sure that waste disposal drains are not connected to stormwater systems.*
4j. Clean floor mats, filters, and garbage cans in a utility sink or large grassy area; NEVER hose waste water onto paved areas or into storm drains or water bodies.*

Water Conservation Practices for Appliances

Please indicate whether you are already doing the following water practices; whether you pledge to start this year; whether you pledge to start next year; if you believe you will never do this; or if the practice doesn't apply to you (N/A).

4k. Install automatic turn-off faucets (infrared, spring-loaded, etc.).*
4l. Install low-flow faucet aerators (1.5 gallon/minute on lavatory sinks and 2.2 gallons/minute or less on kitchen sinks).*
4m. Install Low-Flow water urinals or water-free (chemical) urinals.*
4n. Install a rain sensor shut-off device or a soil moisture override program on the irrigation system to avoid over-watering. Rain sensors are required by law in many municipalities.*

5. Energy Conservation

Are you interested in adopting energy conservation practices as a part of your pledge?*

Energy Conservation Practices

Please indicate whether you are already doing the following energy conservation practices; whether you pledge to start this year; whether you pledge to start next year; if you believe you will never do this; or if the practice doesn't apply to you (N/A).

5a. If you have a dishwasher, set dishwasher hot water temperature to 180°F or the lowest allowable temperature depending on the use of sanitizing solutions.*
5b. If you have refrigeration units, set refrigerator temperature between 38°F and 41°F and freezer temperature no lower than 0°F.*
5c. Receive a professional energy assessment of your facility. FPL will provide an energy assessment at no cost. Visit FPL.com.*
5d. Participate in FPL’s On Call® program, which allows them to cycle off your A/C unit for brief periods of time when absolutely necessary; in return you receive a credit on your monthly bill even if they never cycle off your A/C.*
5e. Prepare and implement a preventative maintenance plan for all major appliances.*
5f. Set hot water heaters to a standard 125–130°F.*
5g. Set thermostat to 78°F for cooling and 68°F for heating.*
5h. Use weather stripping and caulking to close air gaps around doors and windows.*
5i. Install timers on water heaters.*
5j. Insulate all major hot water pipes and storage tanks.*
5k. Use or replace old equipment and appliances with energy-saving features (i.e., ENERGY STAR products).*
5l. Install and use programs, such as Energy Management Systems (EMS), that automatically turn off idle equipment. *
5m. Utilize alternative energy sources for any of your business needs (i.e., supplement electricity needs with solar or wind energy, utilize fuel cells for emergency supply instead of fuel powered generators, etc.).*
5n. Use energy efficient T-8 fluorescent, halogens PAR lamps, or low voltage track lighting instead of incandescent bulbs.*
5o. Use LED, compact fluorescent, or electroluminescent exit signs or replace them with ENERGY STAR rated exit signs.*
5p. Use lighting controls such as occupancy sensors, photocells, or timers.*
5q. Design for natural lighting.*

Energy Conservation Practices—continued

Do you have an HVAC?*

HVAC Practices

Please indicate whether you are already doing the following HVAC practices; whether you pledge to start this year; whether you pledge to start next year; if you believe you will never do this; or if the practice doesn't apply to you (N/A).

5r. Perform regular maintenance on your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.*
5s. Regularly clean your HVAC; check for leaks, proper pilot lighting, and other problems.*
5t. Dirty air filters cleaned or replaced every 3 months. If leasing your facility, ask the building owner/manager to do this.*
5u. Use high-efficiency filters in your HVAC system. *
5v. Use an automatically controlled thermostat for your HVAC system.*
5w. Replace inefficient or broken windows with double-pane energy efficient windows.*
5x. Apply film to sun-exposed windows or install awnings, sunscreen, or shade trees/shrubbery.*
5y. Provide shade for your HVAC condenser.*

6. Landscape and Landscape Professionals

Are you a landscape company or a lawn care service?*
Do you have a landscape you are responsible for maintaining?*
Do you do the landscaping yourself or do you hire a professional?*
What company do you use?*
If you hire a landscaper will you consider selecting one from our pre-approved list as part of your pledge?*
Are you interested in adopting landscaping practices as part of your pledge?*

Landscape Maintenance Practices

Please indicate whether you are already doing the following landscape practices; whether you pledge to start this year; whether you pledge to start next year; if you believe you will never do this; or if the practice doesn't apply to you (N/A).

6a. Apply lawn fertilizer in accordance with county ordinances.*
6b. Do not apply nitrogenous fertilizer when heavy rain is expected or during the rainy season from June 1 to September 30.*
6c. Do not apply fertilizer containing phosphorus to the lawn unless a soil test confirms it is needed.*
6d. Use lawn fertilizer containing at least 50% slow-release nitrogen.*
6e. Establish a 15- to 30-foot “no fertilizer, no pesticide” zone along all shorelines, waterways, or retention ponds.*
6f. Keep grass clippings out of the street and storm drains. Blow grass clippings back onto the lawn and direct the mower chute away from the street and water bodies when mowing. Blowing clippings back onto the lawn helps feed it.*
6g. Conduct a soil test to determine the lawn’s nutritional needs and fertilize only as needed.*
6h. Calibrate irrigation heads so they spray only the vegetated areas (not the sidewalks, driveways, or street) and set them to ½ to ¾ inches of water with each watering event.*
6i. Recommend that clients collect rainwater in a closed rain barrel or permitted cistern to use for irrigation.*
6j. Group plants that have similar water needs together to facilitate irrigation.*
6k. Have your staff visit BeFloridianNow.org to learn about Florida-friendly products, local fertilizer ordinances, and native plants.*
6l. Use or recommend Florida native or low-maintenance, drought-resistant plants and trees.*
6m. Remove and/or recommend the removal of all invasive exotic plants, including melaleuca, Brazilian pepper, Australian pine, beach naupaka, carrotwood, Mexican petunia, and Chinese tallow.*
6n. Avoid using plants on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council’s Category I or II Invasive Plant List.*
6o. Use a “mulching mower” to leave grass clippings on lawn and out of streets and garbage.*
6p. Use environmentally friendly pesticides such as horticulture oils and insecticidal soaps, and treat only affected plants or lawn areas (Ex. Green Seal). Use ATTRA website for guidance.*
6q. Use a drip or micro-spray irrigation system in plant and flower beds.*
6r. Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch over tree roots, shrubs, and plant beds using by-product or recycled mulch, such as melaleuca, pine needles and pine bark nuggets, or fallen leaves instead of cypress mulch to reduce erosion and hold soil moisture.*
6s. Set the lawn mower height to 4 inches to encourage a deeper root system and a hardier, more drought-resistant and pest-tolerant lawn.*
6t. Have your staff attend the UF/IFAS GI-BMP training and get certified to apply fertilizer.*

8. Restaurant

Are you a restauranteur?*

Restaurant Practices

Please indicate whether you are already doing the following restaurant-specific solid waste practices; whether you pledge to start this year; whether you pledge to start next year; if you believe you will never do this; or if the practice doesn't apply to you (N/A).

8a. Have grease traps regularly serviced to prevent clogs and do not wait until overflow occurs; inspect grease traps after pump-out.*
8b. Add an on-site grease and oil recycling storage area; keep it cleaned and covered; always recycle and never pour grease or oil into sinks, floor drains, paved areas, storm drains, or water bodies.*
8c. Become a Litter Quitter with KBB: http://keepbrevardbeautiful.org/our-programs/litter-quitter*
8d. Provide a discount for customers who bring their own to-go containers.*
8e. Eliminate single-pass or “once-through” cooling in equipment, such as refrigeration units, air conditioners, ice machines, vacuum pumps, cooling towers, etc.*
8f. Install a booster heater for hot water use.*
8g. Install open-door buzzers on walk-in refrigerators.*
8h. Install plastic air curtains and air blowers over walk-in refrigerator doors.*

9. Lagoon Leader Level: Restaurant

Do you want to increase your restaurant pledge to the Lagoon Leader level?*

Lagoon Leader: Restaurant Practices

Please indicate whether you are already doing the following Lagoon Leader options; whether you pledge to start this year; whether you pledge to start next year; if you believe you will never do this; or if the practice doesn't apply to you (N/A).

9a. Host an event and donate proceeds to Lagoon Restoration and Education projects.*
9b. Contribute a percentage of sales to Lagoon Restoration and Education projects.*
9c. Host a www.SaveTheIRL.org donation box at your place of business.*
9d. Contribute to a Lagoon Restoration or Education project through volunteering, donations, or sponsorship.*
9e. Participate in a living shoreline project on your business property.*

10. PLUS Level: Restaurant

Do you want to increase your restaurant pledge to the PLUS level? This is the highest level pledge.*

PLUS Level: Restaurant Practices

Please indicate whether you are already doing the following PLUS options; whether you pledge to start this year; whether you pledge to start next year; if you believe you will never do this; or if the practice doesn't apply to you (N/A).

10a. Convert to all Blue Ocean Institute or Monterey Bay Aquarium “Green List” seafood items or MSC Certified fisheries seafood.*
10b. Convert to 10% Certified Organic Food and Beverage Items.*
10c. Purchase Food Alliance Certified Grass-fed, Vegetarian-fed, American Grass-fed Tier 1, or USDA Process Verified and USDA Grass-fed: only meat and dairy.*
10d. Purchase antibiotic- and hormone-free Certified Humane, American Humane Certified, Animal Welfare Approved, or meet USDA Labeling requirements: only meat and dairy.*
10e. Purchase cage-free eggs/free-range meat and poultry, Certified Humane, American Humane Certified, Animal Welfare Approved, or meet USDA Labeling Requirements: only meat and dairy.*
10f. Convert 10% of main dishes to vegetarian: No animal flesh, no consumption of animals, and no chicken, pork, beef, game, or fish. Dairy, eggs, and honey permitted.*
10g. Convert 2% of main dishes to vegan: No animal products or by-products (no dairy, eggs, or honey permitted).*
10h. Purchase regional food: 300-mile radius around restaurant.*
10i. Purchase local food: 100-mile radius around restaurant.*
10j. Use on-site food: Food grown/produced on site at restaurant: meaning whole, non-processed foods (i.e. garden, chicken coop, etc.).*
10k. Choose 2 additional practices (3 total) to adopt through the KBB Litter Quitter program.*

11. Lagoon Leader Level: General

Do you want to increase your pledge to the Lagoon Leader level?*

Lagoon Leader Level: General Practices

Please indicate whether you are already doing the following Lagoon Leader options; whether you pledge to start this year; whether you pledge to start next year; if you believe you will never do this; or if the practice doesn't apply to you (N/A).

11a. Host an event and donate proceeds to Lagoon Restoration and Education projects.*
11b. Contribute a percentage of sales to Lagoon Restoration and Education projects.*
11c. Host a www.SaveTheIRL.org donation box at your place of business.*
11d. Contribute to a Lagoon Restoration or Education project through volunteering, donations, or sponsorship.*
11e. Participate in a living shoreline project on your business property.*

12. PLUS Level: General

Are you interested in increasing your pledge to the PLUS level? This is the highest level.*

PLUS Level: General Practices

Please indicate whether you are already doing the following PLUS options; whether you pledge to start this year; whether you pledge to start next year; if you believe you will never do this; or if the practice doesn't apply to you (N/A).

12a. Use integrated pest management practices instead of toxic pesticides. Use ATTRA website for guidance.*
12b. Use organic fertilizers when needed, instead of synthetic fertilizers.*
12c. Adopt a policy that requires company vehicles to be replaced with fuel efficient and/or renewable fuel-capable vehicles such as those meeting the EPA SmartWay designation.*
12d. Require staff to volunteer 10 hours/year for Lagoon-focused projects.*
12e. Create an organic compost program for your workplace.*
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