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Green Store Management

You’re running a small or midsized business, and you want to do it right. That means bringing your environmental performance in line for a healthier bottom line. But how to start working sustainably? Or, having started, how to follow through? Before we begin, a few key fundamentals:

First, make sure you’re in compliance with state, local, and federal environmental, health, and safety regulations. This gives your beyond-compliance efforts a solid foundation. You may also gain additional benefits: Some governmental programs offer reduced oversight and paperwork of companies that are in full compliance.

Next, understand how your business affects the environment, from the things you buy, to your relationships with customers and suppliers, to the full life-cycle of your products and services. At each step of the way, there are opportunities to make choices that can help you align environmental responsibility with business success.

Then, begin to make changes where they can be done profitably — or at least in a way that will not decrease profits and productivity for more than a short period. It’s important to keep in mind that it isn’t possible to do everything right; gradual, incremental progress is a worthy goal. Now, let’s get started. There are dozens of ways companies of all sizes can reduce their environmental footprints, save money, earn consumer trust and stakeholder confidence, comply with government regulations, be ready to snag new market opportunities, and boost efficiency and productivity. Here are some suggestions on getting started, with links to additional resources.

Laying the Groundwork

Make sure you’re obeying the law. Staying on top of federal and state environmental, health, and safety requirements is an essential first step toward greening your business. In many cases, this means obtaining applicable operating permits, providing safety training to employees, testing and repairing equipment regularly, and taking the necessary steps to protect the environment and employees from toxic emissions. Understand the rules from federal and local agencies that affect your business. To prepare for inspections or audits, keep detailed records of the measures your business has taken to ensure compliance. There re a number of programs that provide free compliance assistance to small businesses.

Measure and track your waste. Look at what resources your company consumes — energy, supplies, raw materials — and what it wastes —finished , packaging, raw materials, energy, emissions. Try to measure and quantify this waste: How much do you spend to purchase, handle, store, and dispose of the wasted material? Your audit may be as simple as counting or weighing he trash bags your company disposes of on a weekly or monthly basis, or checking energy utility bills. Or it may involve bringing in professionals to assess your company and make recommendations on how to reduce energy, redesign products or distribution systems, and other efforts to reduce waste and save money.

Write an environmental vision statement.

It’s easier to get behind a vision when all your layers know what the company stands for. This foundation will show customers, stakeholders, and your community that your business is invested in the environment. With your team, set an environmental vision statement and goals that all your employees understand, and your managers will uphold. At minimum, such statements commonly affirm a company’s intentions to respect the environment in the design, production, and distribution of its products and services; commit the company to being in full compliance with all laws, and to go beyond compliance whenever possible; and establish an open-book policy whereby employees, community members, and others can be informed of any potential adverse impacts the company might have on the environment.

Rally the troops. Employee participation is essential to a successful environmental initiative. Bring together a team of employees to promote environmentalism in the workplace. These troops an head up the recycled-product purchasing effort, educate coworkers on environmental issues, and keep track of environmental accounting for their department. Consider creating incentives, rewards, and recognition for employees who take leadership in your company’s environmental efforts. Name a periodic “greenchampion” in order to single out individual employees’ environmental actions.

Reduce office waste. Use fewer products and use fewer raw materials in the front office and administrative operations. Start with reducing paper use: Establish a company-wide policy of photocopying on both sides of the paper, using the blank side of printed material for creating draft documents, and e-mailing reports instead of making printed copies. Use outdated forms and letterheads for in-house memos, post memos in central locations rather than distributing to all employees, and encourage saving documents on disk rather than on paper. You’ll notice financial savings right away.

Understand your impact. Conducting a lifecycle assessment looks at the “cradle-to-grave”impacts of your products — from the raw materials to their manufacture, sale, use, and disposal. Life-cycle assessments can help you identify opportunities to improve efficiency, reduce waste, improve quality, save money, and provide products that are more environmentally appealing to customers.

Design for the environment. Sustainable product design is simple. It means you’ve thought ahead: Your product can be disassembled and recycled easily — it has no toxics, uses few raw materials and packaging materials, has fewer components, and takes less energy, water, andresources to produce than traditional products. Goods designed for the environment also can be less expensive to manufacture, and will keep you head of regulations

Take advantage of financial incentives. Investigate state and local initiatives that provide financial incentives for environmental efforts. assistance for corporate environmental efforts.



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