Resources

TOOLKIT

Please use the below resources to pursue additional steps on your scorecards! You can also download a copy of the entire Toolkit here. The Toolkit may be updated during the Challenge. The Bull City Workplace Challenge and sponsors do not endorse any individual company listed in this toolkit. 

To view a copy of the scorecard without creating an account, click here


Sustainability Goals  Setting sustainability goals: 10 golden rules

Best practices to follow when setting your sustainability goals

 Green Team How to form a green team

Green team checklist from ENERGY STAR

 Communication First steps to creating a corporate sustainability report

Sustainability reporting examples

Know these three Vs of sustainability communication

 Employee Engagement Engaging employees to create sustainable business 

Inside out: Sustainability communication begins in the workplace

 Carbon Footprint Estimate your workplace's carbon footprint
 Buildings ENERGY STAR for buildings: 
          • Resources for small businesses 
          • ENERGY STAR building certification
          • How ENERGY STAR can help
 
LEED certification for buildings 

 Biodiversity in Landscaping Purchase wildflower seeds & birdhouses from Durham County's Soil & Water Conservation District

Durham County Extension Master Gardeners offer gardening consultation. Hotline: 919-560-0528

Turn your balcony container garden, work landscape, or roadside greenspace into a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Bee Downtown installs and maintains sustainable bee communities in urban areas

Pollinator garden assistance with Keep Durham Beautiful 

 Documentation Elsewhere the Challenge requests data on your workplace's energy and water use. To receive points for additional documentation of the impact of your Bull City Workplace Challenge efforts, submit data to BCWC@dconc.gov. Subject line: Additional documentation for [your organization's name].

You can choose what to document. Examples: 
          • Waste audit data with results from your quarterly checks.
          • Quantified changes in purchases that meet a certification standard. 
          • Quantified changes in your workplace's use of pesticides. 
Energy Use Tracking & Sharing To track & share your energy use data with the Bull City Workplace Challenge, we encourage you
to use one of the following options:
          • ResiSpeak: A software service that tracks electricity, natural gas, and water use for buildings. After
             you create your account, ResiSpeak will automatically gather utility data so that it can be
             viewed and analyzed in one place. Please sign up through the Bull City Workplace Challenge portal
             so that your data will be shared with the Challenge.
          • ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager: Use these instructions to share your property's data with
             the Durham City-County Bull City Workplace Challenge (BCWC@dconc.gov). Use "Read Only Access"!
          • Energy tracking template: Download the template here. Email your complete form to
             BCWC@dconc.gov by April 15, 2018. Subject line: Energy use data for [your organization's name].
    
 Energy Policy ENERGY STAR:
          • Overview & examples of energy policies
          • Guidance for building an energy program

 Energy Audits Duke Energy:
          • Energy assessments for businesses
          • Small Business Energy Saver Program with free assessment

Waste Reduction Partners: Free audits, identifying areas for improvement 

NC Building Performance Association: Energy audits, contractors, or building-related questions 

 Lighting US Small Business Administration: The formula for lighting energy efficiency 

DUKE ENERGY: 
          • Lighting incentives
          • Store: Discounts for Duke Energy customers on lighting and more 

Differentiating between bulb types: 
          • Types of light sources and light bulbs 
          • Difference between T5, T8, and T12 bulbs  

 Heating & Cooling How to select and set your programmable thermostat

ENERGY STAR:
          • Duct sealing
          • HVAC maintenance 
          • Seal & insulate

Duke Energy incentives: 
          • Rebates for HVAC improvements to electric & natural gas systems
          • Rebates for chiller improvements 
          • EnergyWise Business: Free web-programmable thermostat + incentives to participate in 
            grid-reduction program 

PSNC incentives: 
          • Rebates for energy-efficient natural gas furnaces, boilers, and water heaters
          
 Appliances ENERGY STAR appliance information 

Duke Energy rebates for specialized equipment: 
          • Food service equipment
          • Process equipment
          • Motors with variable frequency drives and efficient pumps
          • Poultry and dairy farm equipment 

Electronics ENERGY STAR energy efficient practices with computers & electronics 

Duke Energy Smart $aver Information Technology Incentives: Rebates for computer room improvements & date centers 

 Financing Energy Efficiency ENERGY STAR: Strategies & incentives to finance energy efficiency improvements 

Duke Energy: 
          • Smart $aver Prescriptive Incentive Program: Rebates
          • Smart $aver Custom Incentive Program: Rebates
          • Small Business Energy Saver Program: Duke Energy pays up to 80% for improvements
          • EnergyWise Business: Incentives for remote control of AC during periods of high demand 
          • PowerShare: Incentives for reducing energy use during periods of high demand 
          • Store: Discounts for Duke Energy customers on lighting and more 

PSNC
          • Discounts for LEED-certified commercial buildings 

Loans
          • Your workplace’s financial institution may offer loans at reasonable terms.
          • Self-Help Credit Union offers small business loans, including a suite of loans for workplace environmental
            improvements
. Contact John “JJ” Froehlich, (919) 794-6792, John.Froehlich@self-help.org.
Renewable Energy  NC GreenPower: Support alternative energy projects around NC. Sign up to pay on your utility bill!

Financial incentives:
          • Property Tax Abatement for Solar Electric (North Carolina): 80% of the appraised value
            for solar thermal electric & solar photovoltaics
          • Federal Business Energy Investment Tax Credit: 30% of the appraised value for solar,
            fuel cells, small wind; 10% for geothermal, microturbines and combined heat & power
Water Use Tracking To track & share your water use data with the Bull City Workplace Challenge, we encourage you
to use one of the following options:
          • ResiSpeak: A software service that tracks electricity, natural gas, and water use for buildings. After
             you create your account, ResiSpeak will automatically gather utility data so that it can be
             viewed and analyzed in one place. Please sign up through the Bull City Workplace Challenge
             portal. To use ResiSpeak to track water data, you must have a water utility account.
          • ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager: Use these instructions to share your property's data with
             the Durham City-County Bull City Workplace Challenge (BCWC@dconc.gov). Use "Read Only Access"!
          • Water tracking template: Download the template here. Email your complete form to
             BCWC@dconc.gov by March 15, 2018. Subject line: Water use data for [your organization's name].
    
 Water Audit Assessments: 
          • Waste Reduction Partners (free)
          • NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service

An introduction to self auditing plus an in-depth guide for facility managers (PDF)

City of Durham: Water use & efficiency assessments 

Sample water audit forms from EDF+Business
 Water Planning WaterSense: Water management for commercial properties

WaterMAPP: Tool delevoped by the EDF to assess your workplace's water efficiency and estimate potential financial savings opportunities 

Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional (CII) Water Assessment Tool and Benchmarking Study from City of Boulder
 Water Use Efficiency: Indoors Indoor visual leak inspection

Water efficiency in commercial bathrooms (PDF)

City of Durham water efficiency kits

WaterSense fixtures and ENERGY STAR water-saving appliances

City of Durham toilet rebate program: non-residential exclusive for BCWC participants.
For information about how to qualify, contact Laine Roberts: laine.roberts@durhamnc.gov, (919) 560-4381 x35259

EDF+Business Cooling System Efficiency Guide & Videos

Contact James Lim: james.lim@durhamnc.gov
 Water Use Efficiency: Landscape Management The city of Durham's odd-even watering schedule - Follow the law!

Outdoor visual leak inspection 

WaterSense: Outdoor water-saving technologies

WaterWise landscaping (PDF)

Rain barrels from the City of Durham or from Durham County

Contact James Lim: james.lim@durhamnc.gov
 Water Quality Protection Pollution prevention for businesses 

City of Durham Stormwater STARS Program: Free consultation and practical guidance for managing your stormwater impacts. Register online. Contact stormwatereducation@durhamnc.gov with questions. 

North Carolina's Community Conservation Assistance Program: Assistance with up to 75% of the cost of specific measures that reduce nonpoint source pollution. Contact Heather Dutra: HDutra@dconc.gov

Durham County's Voluntary Nutrient Reduction Program: Contact Heather Dutra: HDutra@dconc.gov

General Waste Reduction Contacts City of Durham - for workplaces located within the city limits
          • Carlos Lyons, Recycling Specialist: Carlos.Lyons@durhamnc.gov
          • Patricia Fossum, Assistant Solid Waste Manager: Patricia.Fossum@durhamnc.gov

Durham County - for workplaces in Durham County, outside of the city limits
          • Chrissie Koroivui, Waste Reduction Supervisor in the County's Solid Waste Division: mkoroivui@dconc.gov
 Recycling at Work 10 step program for office recycling

City of Durham Recycling Laws
City of Durham Recycling Guide (PDF)

Recycling vendors for businesses, including pickup, located within the Triangle:
          • Orange Recycling Services Inc.
          • Philco Services
          • Shimar Recycling
          • Waste Industries
          • Raleigh Metal Recycling (scrap metal only)
For additional recyclers that serve the Durham area see the NC Recycling Markets Directory

Keep Durham Beautiful
 Waste Reduction EPA: Managing & reducing wastes: A guide for commercial buildings

Don't Waste Durham

Keep Durham Beautiful

K-Cups:
          • The inventor of K-Cups regrets his invention
          • 11 reasons K-Cups are harmful

Bottled Water:
          • Tap water vs. bottled water
          • 7 reasons not to drink bottled water

Donate usable items:
          • Offer items on the NC Waste Trader clearinghouse
          • Donate furniture, building materials, and other items to the Habitat ReStore
 Electronic Waste Why recycle electronics responsibly? The human and environmental effects of e-waste

Find an E-Steward certified recycler
Find an R2 Recycler


Companies located within the Triangle:
          • Triangle Ecycling: Materials are repurposed or disposed of through an R2/E-Steward recycler
          • GEEP North Carolina, Inc.
          • Computer Recyclers of North Carolina
For additional R2 or E-Steward certified recyclers that serve the Durham area see the NC Recycling Markets Directory
 Composting Composting companies in the Triangle:
          • Brooks Contractor
          • CompostNow
          • Food FWD
          • Full Circle Recycle
          • SMART Recycling U.S.
          • Tilthy Rich Compost
Additional composters that serve the Durham area may be found in the NC Recycling Markets Directory

Set up your own worm bin:
          • New Soil: A vermicomposting company  
 Waste Stream Audit & Monitoring DIY waste stream audit (PDF)

Waste Reduction Partners
Food Waste  10 tips to minimize food waste at events

Organizations accepting leftover food donations:
          • Urban Ministries of Durham: Please call before donating to verify
            Contact Gin Jackson: 919-682-0538
          • Immanuel Temple Soup Kitchen: Operates on Sundays
            Contact
919-957-0032

Employee Survey

Contact Stephanie Loyka, Durham County Mobility Management & Outreach Coordinator, GoTriangle: sloyka@gotriangle.org

 Commuter Benefits Plan Develop a commuter benefits plan for your worksite
Contact Stephanie Loyka: sloyka@gotriangle.org
 Share The Ride NC Share the Ride NC:
          • Ride-matching services for carpool and vanpool
          • GoPerks: Trip tracking and rewards program for your sustainable commutes
          • FREE Emergency Ride Home: Register your company so that employees can participate

Contact Paul Straw, Sustainable Travel Services Specialist, GoTriangle: pstraw@gotriangle.org
 Carpooling Share The Ride NC: Ride matching services for carpool and vanpool

Signs such as these can label carpool-only parking spaces:

                                     

 Efficient Vehicles The US Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge for electric vehicles
 Bicycling Bike maps for Durham & Orange Counties 

Bike routes, safe bicycling tips, and other cycling resources

Become a Bicycle Friendly Workplace
          • Tips
          • Recognition

Bicycle Parking Guidelines from the Association for Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals, to help you install useful and effective bicycle parking.

Durham’s events for National Bike Month in May 2017.

Businesses: Offer Bicycle Benefits to biking customers.

Extras
          • Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission
          • Bike Durham
          • Durham Bike Coop

Contact Dale McKeel: Dale.McKeel@durhamnc.gov
Transit Regional and local trip planning, bus schedules, and fares

Transloc Rider App: Real time transit arrival information for all Triangle Routes

Offer a free or discounted transit benefit for employees with a GoPass
Contact Stephanie Loyka: sloyka@gotriangle.org

 Alternative Schedules Summary of alternative schedule types

Example alternative work schedule policy & procedures

 Video Conferencing How to secure your company's videoconferencing system
No-idling Policy IdleBox Toolkit for Idle Reduction Projects: Includes educational materials

Sample Idle Reduction Policy for Fleet Vehicles

 Fleet Vehicles EPA SmartWay certified vehicles (SmartWay Elite is preferred)

Policies

Green purchasing model policy

 Guidance Green Procurement Compilation: Sustainable Facilities Tool, U.S. General Services Administration

Solution Strategies for Sustainable Purchasing

Green Purchasing Guides & Resources
 Life Cycle Assessment Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Overview
 Furniture, Electronics & Other Equipment Sources for secondhand equipment:
          • Habitat ReStore

3rd Party Green Certification:
          • Greenguard Certification (Product Search)
          • Forest Stewardship Council
          • EPEAT for sustainable electronics
 Food Food Purchasing: The Green SealTM for Restaurants and Food Services

Tips for sustainable food purchasing:
          • Produce
          • Meat, dairy, & eggs
          • Seafood
          • Bottled beverages

Are you eager for more? The start you have made with the Bull City Workplace Challenge can also help you achieve certification or recognition by green industry leaders. Below we identify general & industry-specific recognition programs, as well as additional industry-specific advice on green practices.

General Recognition Programs
B corporation certification for environmental & social performance

Get recognized as a bike-friendly business 
 Industry-Specific Recognition Programs NC GreenTravel Initiative Program recognition for tourism & travel-related businesses, including accommodations, eateries, destinations, activities, event spaces, & more. Applications are industry-specific. 

Green Restaurant Certification

U.S. Green Retail Certification

Eco-Dentistry Association's GreenDOCTM Dental Office Certification Program

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Green cleaning businesses: Get recognized through the Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative

WaterSavers Car Wash Program

ARCHITECT 50
nationwide ranking of architecture firms based on performance in business and profitability, sustainability, and design
 Industry-Specific Resources American Society of Landscape Architects Sustainable Design Guides 

National Institute of Building Sciences Whole Building Design Guide - Sustainable Design Objectives 

Brewers Association for small & independent craft brewers: Sustainability guidance, including energy, solid waste, water, building design, and mentoring 

 Industry-Specific Commentary 10 Ways to Green Your Retail Store

Interview with a green veterinary practice

Green Hotelier: Web publication by the International Tourism Partnership 

Advice from Raleigh-based Creech Import Repair on green auto repair


LUNCH-N-LEARNS  &  BREAKFAST-N-LEARNS

Stop by one of our informational sessions! We'll provide drinks and desserts at lunch sessions and coffee and pastries at breakfast sessions. Please register for each session that you plan to attend so that we can prepare accordingly. 

 

Full Schedule: 


Date Time   Topic  Location Resources
April 13, 2017 12-1 PM Welcome to the BCWC: Register
Neighborhood Improvement Services, City of Durham
Golden Belt Building, 807 E Main Street
3rd Floor/Suite 300, Main Conference Room
 
May 15, 2017
12-1 PM           Energy Conservation: Register
City of Durham Community Development Office
Golden Belt Building, 807 E Main Street
Suite 2200, Main Conference Room
Energy Efficiency in the Workplace, Advanced Energy

Non-Residential Products & Services, Duke Energy
June 13, 2017
12-1 PM  Water Efficiency: Register
Neighborhood Improvement Services, City of Durham
Golden Belt Building, 807 E Main Street
3rd Floor/Suite 300, Main Conference Room
Water Efficiency, City of Durham Water Management 
July 12, 2017 12-1 PM  Waste Minimization & Management: Register Fullsteam Brewery 
726 Rigsbee Avenue
Waste Reduction Partners Handout
City of Durham Recycling Guide
September 14, 2017                        9-10 AM  Sustainable Transportation: Register Three Oaks Engineering
324 Blackwell St #1200
Transportation & Commuting, GoTriangle  

Bicycle Friendly Workplace, City of Durham  
October 26, 2017 9-10 AM  Water Efficiency (repeat): Register Emily K Center
904 W Chapel Hill St 
Water Efficiency, City of Durham Water Management 
November 30, 2017  9-10 AM Water Quality: Register
Neighborhood Improvement Services, City of Durham
Golden Belt Building, 807 E Main Street
3rd Floor/Suite 300, Main Conference Room
Stormwater 101, City of Durham Stormwater & GIS Services

Soil & Water Outreach, Durham County Soil & Water Conservation District
January 2017   Waste (repeat)  TBD  
February 2018   Purchasing & Toxics
 TBD  
March 2018   Renewable Energy
 TBD  
April 2018   Networking Event  TBD  
May 2018   Networking Event
 TBD  

 

CONTACTS

If you have questions that are not answered by the Toolkit or in one of the Lunch-N-Learns, our partners can help you:

 Section Topic Name, Affiliation, and Contact Info
Organizational Commitment General Tobin Freid, Sustainability Manager, Durham City-County Sustainability Office
tfreid@dconc.gov, 919-560-7999
 Biodiversity in Landscaping Master Gardener Volunteers at Durham County Extension
Hotline: 919-560-0528
Energy   Tobin Freid, Sustainability Manager, Durham City-County Sustainability Office
tfreid@dconc.gov, 919-560-7999
Water  Conservation James Lim, Water Efficiency & Conservation Manager, Dept of Water Management, City of Durham
james.lim@durhamnc.gov, 919-560-4381, ext. 35248

 Quality Emily Rhode, Pollution Prevention Coordinator, Stormwater Services, City of Durham
emily.rhode@durhamnc.gov, 919-560-4326 ext. 30295


Heather Dutra, Watershed Conservationist, Durham County Soil & Water Conservation District
hdutra@dconc.gov, 919-560-0558
 Waste   City of Durham
Carlos Lyons, Recycling Supervisor, Dept of Solid Waste Management
carlos.lyons@durhamnc.gov, 919-560-4186 ext. 32229

Patricia Fossum, Asst. Solid Waste Manager, Dept. of Solid Waste Management
patricia.fossum@durhamnc.gov, 919-560-4186 ext. 32255

Durham County (for workplaces located outside of city limits)
M. Chrissie Koroivui, Waste Reduction Supervisor, General Services, Solid Waste Division
mkoroivui@dconc.gov, 919-560-0442
Transportation   Stephanie Loyka, Durham County Mobility Management & Outreach Coordinator, GoTriangle
sloyka@gotriangle.org, 919-485-7463

Dale McKeel, Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Durham
dale.mcKeel@durhamnc.gov, 919-560-4366, ext. 36421
Purchasing   Carol Westinghouse, President & Programs Manager, Informed Green Solutions
info@informedgreensolutions.org, 802-626-8643
Toxics    Carol Westinghouse, President & Programs Manager, Informed Green Solutions
info@informedgreensolutions.org, 802-626-8643


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