Courtesy Vending's Green Initiative
Courtesy Vending actively seeks to incorporate environmental sustainability and green practices in our facility, route operations, and office activities. With this initiative, we hope to complement green initiatives supported by our customers and that together we can make a significant difference in our communities.
Some examples of our green and sustainable initiatives are as follows:
• Natural Light: Our building was designed to maximize use of natural light throughout. We have large glass windows, glass walls, and skylights which allow light to penetrate deep into workspaces. During the day, our hall and warehouse lights are kept off – we turn on only when needed. In the warehouse, we have two levels of lighting – 50% and 100% so we can use a reduced level of lighting when that is adequate.
• Fluorescent Lights: All our lighting is high-efficiency fluorescent.
• Stormwater Management: All the rain from our roof and parking lots is filtered in an onsite stormwater management vault and returned directly to the Columbia Slough.
• Heat Discharge: The heat discharge from our walk-in freezer and walk-in cooler compressors is reused to heat the facility.
• Electronic Thermostats: Electronic thermostats regulate temperatures in an efficient manner in our multi-zone facility.
• Energy Star Equipment: Whenever possible, energy star compliant appliances and equipment are used such as a super efficient dishwasher in the breakroom.
• Space Utilization: Much thought went into the design of our facility to maximize space utilization (thus minimizing excessive building needs). Rooms were analyzed for use and function and combined whenever practical. For example, the employee breakroom which typically would only be used 1 hour a day, was combined with a workroom. The conference room which is used lightly was equipped with a “disappearing glass wall” to allow it to combine with the reception and lobby area to create one large space for bigger functions. The warehouse was created with high clearances to allow multi-level pallet racking maximizing utilization of the square footage.
• Native Plants: Landscaping designers used native plants to minimize watering, fertilizing, and maintenance needs. We also have a 30,000 square foot dedicated green space on the property which is untouched to preserve native plants and species.
• Electric Forklift: We chose an electric forklift to eliminate emissions and the need for gas.
• Efficient Plumbing Fixtures: Our water faucets have extra-efficient, water-saving spray heads. Our toilets are water-saving with two-stage flush capability.
• Recycled Building Materials: When our facility was built, we used materials made from recycled components when practical, such as our carpet. We also reduced some need for building materials by choices made such as having beautiful, long-lasting stained concrete in our reception and lobby areas eliminating the need for carpet, padding, and adhesives.
• Computers: All our monitors are energy-efficient LCD. Our computers and servers use power-saving measures such as throttling down processors when demand is low.
• Cleaning Chemicals: We strive to use cleaning chemicals with no VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
• Optimized Routes: We use a software system to help optimize routes. And yes, just like UPS, we try to minimize left turns!
• Truck weight: We monitor truck inventory levels on a daily basis. We try to maintain just the amount of inventory to fill our machines without having excess inventory. By making efficient use of our inventory, we minimize total weight on a truck thus saving gas and reducing emissions.
• Service calls: We try to equip our service vehicles with the necessary parts to complete the vast majority of service calls on the first visit, eliminating the need for a return trip.
• Real-time GPS: We use real-time GPS to efficiently dispatch and route service vehicles. We can even monitor for traffic situations and have vehicles use alternate routes that may save unnecessary idling.
• 4-day week: On routes where it is practical, we have structured four-day weeks reducing the amount of mileage driven. This not only saves on the gas and mileage from the truck, but also the employee’s for not having to into to work.
Office Activities – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Office Activities - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
• Printing: We strive to reduce the use of paper. We try not to print unless necessary. When we print, we try to print on both sides of the paper when possible, and sometimes for longer documents, we’ll even print two pages per side (so each sheet represents 4 pages of material).
• Paper Clips: We try to use paper clips and binder clips in place of staples since they are reusable.
• Digital Filing Cabinet: We utilize a digital filing system where documents can be printed directly to PDF eliminating the need for the document to actually be printed on paper.
• Electronic Invoices: We provide our customers an option to receive invoices via e-mail and even pay electronically.
• Recycling Program: We recycle paper, toner, cardboard, shrinkwrap, plastic and aluminum containers, metal, six-pack rings, and more.
• Grocery Bags: We reuse grocery store bags as garbage can liners.
• Scrap paper: For non-confidential forms, mis-prints, and printouts with extra white space: we will cut them up and reuse as scrap paper for notes before that piece of paper is recycled.
• Carpool: We carpool as practical.