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The June 6, 2018 issue of Willamette Week highlights Sustainability at Work certified businesses.
We’re happy to recognize Sustainability at Work certified businesses in this week’s Willamette Week.
Grab a copy of the June 6 issue and flip to the middle of the paper to see two pages of Portland organizations proudly walking the sustainability talk.
Thank you to certified businesses for demonstrating a commitment to climate action through efforts in recycling and compost, energy and water efficiencies, sustainable transportation and community engagement.
It’s free! But it will take some sweat equity — you’ll have to make sure your workplace has its sustainable operations in order.
Download the certification application that best fits your organization and contact us if you have questions: 503-823-7037
Set up (free!) bike racks and promote your bike friendly offerings.
The sun’s out and so are the cyclists! Here are some ways you can bring more bike riders to your business.
Did you know the City of Portland will install bike racks in front of your business for free?
The bright blue bike racks attract riders’ attention. Even if their destination is further down the street, if you’ve got the parking spot, they’ll spend a few moments in front of your business both when they arrive and when they leave. Request a rack.
Or get creative and have a custom art rack created that accentuates your business. We’ve seen all kinds of fun racks around town: giant eyeglasses, a pink doughnut, a Fremont Bridge replica, and an enormous baking whisk.
If you run a retail store, restaurant, coffee shop or bar, show that you welcome bicyclists through Travel Portland’s Bike Friendly Business program.
The program is free, and the signs to post in front of your business start at only $26. Check it out.
From dentists to physical therapists, we’ve see Portland businesses offer discounts for customers who arrive by bike. Even a small perk can get a customer’s attention and build loyalty to your business.
Learn how Portlanders are creating energy in surprising ways, and how to use just one paper towel.
Think you know how to use a paper towel? You might reconsider after watching this 5-minute TED Talk from Portlander Joe Smith.
Do you know how your food choices affect climate change? Test your know-how in this 10-question quiz.
What do leftover office doughnuts have to do with climate change? Learn the answer plus many more fascinating food facts and creative climate solutions.
The Earth Month BYO coffee cup campaign is back and better than ever.
From April 1-30, 2018, a group of Portland green teams sweetens your switch to reusable coffee mugs—and encourages you to use reusable shopping bags, water bottles and waste-free lunches.
In celebration of Earth Month 2018, Portlanders who choose to reuse—use a reusable mug, water bottle, shopping bag or lunch container—between April 1 – 30 can get entered into a raffle to win prizes!
1. Download a Reduce Reuse Recaffeinate plus card.
2. Initial or punch your card every time you bring your own coffee cup, shopping bag, water bottle or waste-free lunch.
3. Email a picture of your card (with at least one punch in each column) by April 30, 2018 to be entered to win prizes (email to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Valid for workplaces located within Portland.
The Corporate Sustainability Collaborative is a group of green teams from different Portland organizations who work together to engage employees around sustainability. This is the fourth year they’ve organized the Reduce Reuse Recaffeinate campaign for Earth Month.
Frame your sustainability initiatives in terms decision makers care about.
If your efforts to implement new sustainability measures aren’t getting the go-ahead from decision makers, try something that has worked well for others:
Sustainability efforts can have numerous benefits beyond environmental good. Think about what motivates the decision makers in your organization, and find where their interests align with yours.
Reduced operating costs through reducing paper, energy and waste.
Marketing benefits to reach and retain customers who value sustainability.
Responding to client demand for sustainable business practices.
Improved employee retention through engaged staff, who feel their workplace is doing the right thing.