Section 1: Energy Conservation
- U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy provides a variety of information on its website regarding energy savings and conservation.
- Building and Plants
Learn how to build an energy saving program or your building or office. The Energy Star website contains information for all shapes and sizes of businesses.
- Energy Efficient Upgrades
The Small Business Administration website offers energy efficient advice for smaller businesses. They focus on a variety of ways that small business can save energy and have sustainable business practices.
Section 2: Water Conservation
Indoor Water (2.1)
Outdoor Water (2.2)
- EPA's WaterSense Program for Commercial Businesses and Institutions
The EPA's WaterSense program focuses on reducing water use by adopting and promoting water-efficient products, services and practices for facilities.
Section 3: Transportation
EPA Fuel Economy (3.1)
U.S. Department of Energy (3.2)
- EPA Fuel Economy
The EPA provides a variety of policy and planning information to help businesses related to fuel economy, from how to get the most out of your fleet to choosing a new vehicle.
- U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy provides information on reducing petroleum fuel use in transportation.
Section 4: Indoor Air Quality
- An Office Building Occupants Guide to Indoor Air Quality (4.0)
The EPA provides valuable information about indoor air quality and how your business can improve your indoor air.
Section 5: Outdoor Air Quality
- Outdoor Air - Industry, Business, and Home (5.0)
Do you know how to improve outdoor air quality? If you are interested, the EPA offers this valuable webpage to help you improve outdoor air.
Section 6: Purchasing
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (6.1)
U.S. Green Building Council (6.2)
- Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
This website provides information on green purchasing for small to large businesses.
- U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
Section 7: Waste Diversion and Responsible Waste Management
- Iowa Waste Resource - Conservation
- Solid Waste Alternatives
- Electronic Waste
The Iowa DNR provides useful information on this webpage for handling electronic waste.
- Iowa Greenlist
Iowa Greenlist is a resource management directory to help Iowans find local contractors that offer recycling, reuse, and disposal services for a variety of materials.
- Iowa Waste Exchange
Iowa Waste Exchange is a materials exchange program to help businesses find outlets for their byproducts and wastes.
- Waste - Resource Conservation
This website shares a variety of options for businesses reduce use of resources to how to recycle electronics.
eCycling is a page dedicated to how to recycle electronic products in an environmentally safe way.
This website by the Iowa DNR provides information on appliance, batteries, autos, bottles, electronics, compositing, tires, and more for recycling.
- Solid Waste Alternatives Program The Iowa DNR offers financial assistance to businesses to start solid waste management programs.
Section 8: Carbon Footprint
- Office Carbon Footprint Tool
This tool can be used to help offices make decisions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
- Small Business Carbon Footprint Calculator
This tool can be used to help businesses determine their current greenhouse gas emissions impact and offer ideas for reduction.
- Iowa Green Meetings and Events Guide
This guide offers a comprehensive guide designed for planning environmentally friendly events and meetings of all sizes, serving both internal and external customers.
- Sustainability and the Customer Service Experience
This website offers information from various research studies related to connecting customers to your business’ sustainability commitment, initiatives and accomplishments.
Section 10 – Community Relations
- Volunteer Center of Story County
This website offers opportunities to volunteer and to engage volunteers, specifically in Story County.
- Volunteer Iowa
This website offers opportunities to volunteer and engage volunteers throughout Iowa.
- Sustainability Plans -- This website offers information on how to develop a company sustainability plan that fosters both environmental, community and financial sustainability.
- The Petal Project in Dubuque, Iowa
The Petal project is a green business certification program. The website provides a variety of resources to help business go green!
A guide to local resources to help protect the environment and a variety of ideas for helping your company to go green.