Green Citizen, Inc.

has been certified by the Green America’s Green Business Network as an environmentally and socially responsible business. This business has reached the Silver tier by adopting principles and practices that demonstrate a strong commitment to conserving the environment and supporting social justice.

The Green America’s Green Business Network is proud to recognize their contribution to creating and growing a green economy by supporting the needs of their customers, workers, the environment, and the community. We appreciate your continued support of Green Citizen, Inc. and thank you for your commitment to sustainability.

Member Since: 01/23/2013

Seal Valid Until: 01/23/2014

Green Citizen, Inc. has completed the following initiatives:

  • Building an Equitable, Supportive & Inclusive Workplace
  • Make an explicit effort through your hiring process to attract a diverse pool of job applicants (i.e. religion, race, sexual and gender identity, etc.).

  • Develop and enforce clear procedures for working with dangerous machinery.

  • Conduct regular safety inspections to ensure appropriate air ventilation, lighting, and safety for workers (including yourself).

  • Pay living wages per community standard for your direct employees. 

  • Offer eligible employees paid vacation days.

  • Offer eligible employees paid sick days.

  • Offer health Insurance or assurance of coverage to employees and their families.

  • Implement a process for regular employee performance evaluations from peers and subordinates. 

  • Implement a process for regular employee performance evaluations from supervisors.

  • Institute grievance procedures to provide staff members with a process for addressing concerns or disagreements related to the violation of company policies.

  • Engage office teams to lead specific issues or projects within the office (i.e. event planning, health and wellness, space allocation, etc.).

  • Educating Employees, Customers & Vendors
  • Include a sub-page on your website for green advocacy, education, information and resources links.

  • Include a statement on your website describing your business's environmental standards, goals, and objectives.

  • Ensuring a Fair & Responsible Supply Chain
  • Make unannounced, at least annual, visits to your key production facilities and conduct offsite interviews with workers.

  • Identify country(ies) of origin and/or manufacture of your core products on the website.

  • Identify whether your supply chain is free of forced/trafficked/slave/child labor.

  • Reducing Emissions & Exposure To Toxins
  • Use low VOC (volatile organic compounds) emitting paint on walls and ceilings in workspace.

  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning products for daily use in the workplace, such as a non-toxic multipurpose cleaner or glass cleaner.

  • Install a filtered water tap at your sink or a water cooler for drinking water, instead of purchasing bottled water. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • Use natural pest management practices or minimize the use of toxic pesticide chemicals in indoor spaces. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • Relax the office dress code to allow for attire that doesn't require drycleaning, and encourage employees to switch to non-toxic dry cleaners. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • Use natural odor elimination methods, i.e. ventilating with open windows, air filters, carbon odor eliminators.

  • If power-washing or cleaning windows, driveways, or company vehicles onsite, use non-toxic cleaners to ensure only rain goes down storm drains.

  • Ensure your green cleaning company or housekeeping staff cleans your office using green cleaning practices.

  • Inspect equipment regularly for leaks or broken parts, and repair promptly.

  • Use non-toxic finishes and adhesives in your core products, including varnishes, surface coverings, paints, glues, etc.

  • Minimizing Transportation Impacts
  • Use clean or low-emission company vehicles (including hybrid or electric), and schedule regular maintenance.

  • Use telepresence or other long-distance communication to replace travel when possible.

  • Required Actions
  • Bronze: After completing the GreenGain assessment, analyze your current sustainability performance and develop a plan that prioritizes initiatives based on your results.

  • Bronze: Create personal goals to help champion green initiatives throughout your company, or designate a green leader or Green Team for your business.

  • Bronze: Based on your specific industry, describe to us the major area of social and environmental impact (pick one for each) of your business and how you're currently addressing it.

  • Bronze: Establish a process to receive regular advice/mentoring on how to improve your business performance. For a business that hires employees or uses interns/volunteers, establish a process for providing clear feedback on performance.

  • Bronze: Develop a social and environmental mission and vision statement for your business and post it on your website.

  • Bronze: Create and publish a clear return/refund/cancellation process for products and/or service contracts for customers/clients.

  • Silver: Identify any major environmental sourcing concerns in your supply chain and address at least one with a clear action plan. (If you are a service-based business, please click 'Complete').

  • Silver: Recommend environmentally preferable products and services to all of your clients (If you are a product-based business, please click 'Complete').

  • Silver: Establish practices to support the development and training of your employees and/or interns/volunteers. If you have 0-1 employees, develop and implement a yearly plan for professional growth and development.

  • Silver: Complete at least three initiatives in the "Supporting Your Community" category below.

  • Silver: Install the display source code for your Green America Seal of Approval on your website.

  • Gold: Describe your biggest new opportunity around social and environmental sustainability and how you plan to implement it.

  • Gold: Develop environmental criteria for the sourcing of materials, products, and/or vendors and describe them on your website.(For service-based businesses,apply criteria to office supplies and other materials used in the workplace)

  • Gold: Take a leadership role in an organization that continually works to improve the environment or social responsibility nationally or in your area.

  • Gold: List the date your business first opened (must be in operation at least six months to earn Gold status).

  • Silver: Identify any potential labor concerns in your workplace (service business) or supply chain (product company) and address at least one with a clear action plan.

  • Conserving Resources, Recycling & Minimizing Waste
  • Eliminate paper towels, styrofoam or plastic cups, plates and utensils in the breakroom or kitchen. Use re-usable mugs, dishes, and silverware instead.

  • Place bins at print and copy stations to store unused printouts for scratch, draft paper, etc.

  • Use recycled or re-used boxes, bags, and general packaging for office mailings, shipping, marketing, and promotions.

  • Reduce outgoing mail by updating the contact information on your business's mailing lists regularly.

  • Reduce incoming junk mail by removing your business' name from national direct marketing databases.

  • Establish a paper recycling program for newspaper, office paper, direct mail, white and colored paper, cardboard, envelopes, magazines, and catalogs.

  • Use printers that have a duplexing (two-sided copying and printing) function, and print/copy double sided when possible.

  • Establish a recycling program that includes glass, plastic, and aluminum.

  • Eliminate unnecessary paper forms for administrative functions and use electronic forms when possible (ie. digital faxes, electronic receipts, digital pay stubs).

  • Establish a paperless billing program for your vendors or clients.

  • Complete a solid-waste assessment to help identify and quantify the items in your business' waste stream.

  • Responsibly dispose of hazardous items, such as CFL/fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, paint, and electronic waste.

  • Develop a paper stewardship and reduction policy, and conduct a paper reduction campaign.

  • Set up an office supply re-use center and encourage materials sharing (I.e. rechargeable batteries, scrap paper, markers, etc.).

  • Sell or donate unneeded furniture and office equipment.

  • Use reusable or compostable catering supplies for business meetings and events (i.e. digital handouts, re-usable dishware and linens, or biodegradable flatware).

  • Recycle unwanted equipment and electronics, such as computer monitors, hard drives, cell phones, PDAs, toner cartridges.

  • Maximize the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in packaging for your products.

  • Eliminate use of virgin plastic, polystyrene, or any other petrochemical-based packaging for your products.

  • Implement a minimal packaging policy, based on industry best practices.

  • Conduct a lifecycle analysis of your core products to map the impacts from sourcing of raw materials to ultimate disposal.

  • Formulate an office purchasing policy to prioritize the purchase of used or recycled office equipment and furniture.

  • Purchase paper towels and toilet paper made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials.

  • Purchase folders, envelopes, notepads and other office paper products made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials.

  • Reduce the amount of paper used in marketing materials by eliminating envelopes, using fold and mail, providing information electronically, etc.

  • Tracking Performance & Progress
  • Regularly update your customers about your business' efforts to become more environmentally and socially responsible (i.e. through company newsletters, press releases, tweets, etc.).

  • Share verification successes/challenges in monitoring your supply chain with your consumers.

  • Submit to third-party audits of social and/or environmental performance and share the conclusions with the public.

  • Publish an annual external report highlighting your performance on mission-related activities, including targets, results, and comparisons from previous year.

  • Saving Energy & Using Renewable Energy Sources
  • Set computers and monitors to enter automatic standby or sleep mode after 20-30 minutes of inactivity.

  • Contact your local utility to conduct a commercial energy assessment (oftentimes offered free) to pinpoint specific areas of energy efficiency.

  • Install an ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat to automate your HVAC or A/C system.

  • Use a green web hosting service for your business's website.

  • Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified electronic equipment and appliances, an indicator of more energy efficient equipment.

  • Install light switch occupancy sensors in proper locations to automatically turn off lighting when no one is present.

  • Design your office with day lighting in mind (i.e., take significant advantage of natural light with sky windows, skylights, etc.).

  • Replace older light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLS), light emitting diodes (LEDS), and other more energy efficient light bulbs as they burn out.

  • Develop an energy conservation policy or program that encourages employees to support energy conservation.

  • Use your lighting more efficiently with daylight dimmers and/or task lighting.

  • Optimize your servers for energy efficiency.

  • Use ceiling fans and cross ventilation in place of air conditioning when possible.

  • Add insulation and a timer to your hot water heater, or use a tankless water heater. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • Saving Water
  • Test irrigation systems to ensure proper orientation (avoiding pavement) and water schedule.

  • Plant native, region-friendly plants to reduce irrigation and minimize the impact on the local habitat.

  • Use water-conserving cleaning methods when possible (i.e. sweeping instead of mopping and hosing).

  • Supporting Responsible Industry Practices
  • Regularly review your marketing and promotional materials to ensure there is no use of negative stereotypes.

  • Actively participate in advocacy or lobbying work to raise awareness around environmental and/or social issues.

  • Regularly educate yourself on the progress of responsible environmental and social practices in your industry.

  • Supporting Your Community
  • Donate a fixed portion of your profits to a social or environmental cause.

  • Become an annual sponsor of an event promoting sustainability and social justice in your area.

  • Become an active member of an organization that continually works to improve the environment and social justice, nationally or in your region.

  • Develop a policy outlining your commitments for partnering with or giving back to local communities.

  • Bank with a community development bank or credit union.

  • Serving Customer & Client Needs
  • Provide an industry-leading performance guarantee/warranty for your product or service.

  • Using Organic & Renewable Materials
  • Use Fair Trade or organic coffee, tea, and sugar in the office.

  • Identify and eliminate any petroleum-based products, or items with petrochemical derivatives additives that your business uses or offers.

  • Operating With Transparency
  • Implement processes and policies to support active participation of workers in management (i.e. Board of Directors, Executive teams, etc.).

  • Clearly disclose to all staff members any internal policies, practices or code of ethics that impact employees.

  • Implement profit-sharing plans with staff.

  • Implement a democratic voting process or consensus approach for key business decisions.

Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982 (formerly "Co-op America" until January 1, 2009). Its mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

Green America's Green Business Network™ is the first, largest, and most diverse network of socially and environmentally responsible businesses in the country. The Green Business Network serves to connect, market, and grow the green marketplace. The Green America Seal of Approval recognizes businesses that meet Green America’s rigorous certification standards and display a deep commitment to consumers, communities, workers, and the planet.