513 Green Resources

Unsure of what a certain metric means or how to achieve it? Use these resources for clarification and guidance on how to implement new sustainable actions in your workplace.

Click on each metric to show the relevant resources and information.


1. Provide secure bike racks, bike storage for employees, and/or have electric charging spots

  • Examples:
  • ​Ensure that all employees will have space to store their bikes and ensure that the bikes are protected.
  • Provide preferred parking spaces for employees with electric vehicles.
  • Benefit:
  • Having bike racks increases parking capacity and both bike racks and supporting electric vehicle use reduces transportation emission

​2. Promote​ safe and sustainable driving habits to employees​

  • Example:
  • Create a driver’s safety program for employees to follow OSHA guidelines that promotes both sustainable and safe driving habits​
  • Examples of sustainable driving: Not idling the car while in park, promoting car sharing, and keeping tires properly inflated

3. Complete a commuter survey to understand how employees get to work or have a commuter plan

  • Example surveys:​
  • Benefit:
  • Provides feedback on how employees get to work, which can inform the best commuter benefits and incentives to offer employees

4. Encourage / incentive employees to carpool​

  • Examples:
  • Provide preferred parking spaces or reduced parking rates to employees that carpool.
  • Offer prizes to the employees that carpool the most often​​.
  • Benefits:​​
  • Increases parking capacity and reduces transportation emissions

5. Ask or require employees to plan routes to reduce driving time and fuel usage

  • Examples:
  • Ask employees to use technology to create a route plan where they can have the minimal driving time and fuel usage.
  • Free multiple stop, route planning options:
  • Benefit:
  • Save time and fuel costs and reduce emissions

6. Allow employees to telecommute or work a condensed schedule

  • Examples:
  • Provide the option and necessary infrastructure for applicable employees to work from home​.
  • Allow employees to work a traditional 35-40 hour workweek in less than five workdays. For example, a full-time employee could work four 10-hour days instead of five 8-hour days.
  • Benefits:
  • Employees spend less time commuting.
  • Employees working from home or a compressed work weeks may be more productive during the hours outside of the traditional workday, when fewer staff members are present.

7. Regularly use teleconferencing or webinars instead of requiring meeting attendance

  • Utilize conference calls and video conferencing like skype, zoom, or google hangouts instead of in-person meetings when possible.
  • Benefit:
  • Employees spend less time and resources commuting to meetings.

8. Participate in Metro’s Transit Benefit Plan

  • Allows for savings of up to 30% of the cost of transportation for your employees.
  • Benefits:
  • Encourages employees to commute to work, increasing parking capacity and reducing transportation emissions.
  • Companies that offer commuter benefits also save money by reducing payroll taxes.

9. ​Be a smoke-free workplace or provide incentives for employees not to smoke

  • Examples:
  • Adopt a smoke-free policy for the workplace or smoke-free zones.
  • Smoke-free workplaces should be established in concert with tobacco cessation support programs.
  • Benefits:
  • Improved air quality in the workplace.
  • Lower cleaning and maintenance expenses (carpets, drapes, ducts, paintwork.).

10. Be an idle-free workplace

  • Discourage employees from running vehicle engines when parked or not in use​​.
  • Examples:​​​
  • Launch an idle-free ​campaign at your workplace.
  • Benefits:​
  • Reducing vehicle idling saves money, conserves natural resources, improves air quality, and reduces health effects associated with poor air quality​.

11. Use non-toxic cleaners have a welcome mat to reduce unwanted chemicals and dirt

  • Examples:
  • Have a policy to use non-toxic cleaners when possible​.
  • Have mats​ located at entrances to reduce unwanted chemicals/dirt from entering the workspace and affecting air quality.
  • Benefits:​
  • Improves air quality, less harmful for the environment, and reduced risk for employees

12. Have office plants in areas commonly used by employees

  • Examples:​
  • Benefits:
  • Indoor plants can improve air quality, reduce employee stress, and increase productivity.

13. Have an air quality office plan for days with air quality advisory alerts

  • An Air Quality Advisory is issued by the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency the day before high ozone and/or high particulate matter levels are anticipated. During air quality advisories, having a plan to send out information and tips to employees can help lessen the impact everyday office behaviors have on air quality.

14. Communicate transportation and air quality information to employees​​

  • Provide employees with regular updates about transportation opportunities and air quality information.
  • Examples​:
  • Post information on bulletin boards, survey employees, post tips in staff spaces, include regular sustainability reminders in staff meetings or newsletters, or post updates on the company intranet channel.
  • Benefit:
  • ​Regular updates helps to keep efforts at the forefront of employees’ minds and ties employees’ effort to actual results.