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Healthy Buildings 2017

Business Information
Name of Organization: 
Healthy Buildings
Organization Type: 
Business Description: 
Healthy Buildings' indoor air quality programs build value into our clients’ assets, retaining and attracting tenants and employees, improving productivity, reducing liability, and branding them in the marketplace as sustainability leaders. Energy benchmarking, audits and commissioning services ensure our clients’ buildings are running with minimum operating costs and maximum net operating income. Healthy Buildings has built a formidable reputation as the go-to specialists for technical LEED credits, helping building owners and LEED consultants alike ensure a smooth pathway to LEED certification.
Contact Person: 
Gwen Merkin
Program Manager, Corporate Sustainability
Business Location: 
Healthy Buildings
75 South Orange Avenue Suite 206
07079 South Orange , NJ
United States
40° 44' 45.8124" N, 74° 15' 29.0772" W
Number of Employees: 
Renewal Date: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Management and Leadership
Identify Sustainability Leader
Description of Action: 
Healthy Buildings has a Green Team comprised of members from all office across the country. The Team is headed up by Gwen Merkin from our NJ Office. The Team meeting bi-annually to develop and implement sustainability practices in our offices.
Annual Environmental Goals
Description of Action: 
Healthy Buildings has conducted waste audits at all of our offices and established baseline diversion rates. We set a target reduction of 10% for all offices, and a competition is underway!
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Develop Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Plan
Description of Action: 
Healthy Buildings commits to purchasing sustainable products. Purchasing recycled content products helps to "close the recycling loop" by putting materials collected through recycling programs back into use as products in the marketplace. Purchasing renewable resources and locally extracted and manufactured products minimizes extraction of natural resources and vehicle miles traveled for material transport. Purchasing least toxic products maximizes indoor air quality for building occupants and maintenance personnel. Healthy Buildings encourages the selection of sustainable products when available and promotes the purchase of products that meet the criteria specified below.
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Provide Environmentally Preferable Products Services
Description of Action: 
<p>Healthy Buildings is moving from purchasing disposable batteries to purchasing rechargeable batteries.</p>
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Waste Recycling
Description of Action: 
Our office recycles glass, aluminum, plastic, and paper. We also have a composting program facilitated by an employee. In 2017 our office conducted a waste audit to set a baseline diversion rate and a target reduction goal of 10% improvement. We implemented actions from the lessons learned from the audit including: purchasing a new waste free coffee maker and reusable mugs, improving recycling signage, and implementing reusable batteries.
Hazardous Waste/Toxic Use Reduction
Description of Action: 
Based on lessons learned from the waste audit, the office is moving from disposable to rechargeable batteries.Attached is the inventory which also reflects the cost savings that will result from this change.
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Energy Efficiency
Description of Action: 
All appliances (e.g. computer equipment, printer, refrigerator and water cooler are Energy Star. Lighting is LED. kWh saved is from replacement of T8s with LEDs.
kWh Saved: 
Money Saved: 
Certification Programs
Certification Programs Other
Description of Action: 
Healthy Buildings conducts a Greenhouse Gas Emission inventory annually and reports our verified emissions through The Climate Registry.
Support the Well-Being of Your Employees
Description of Action: 
Employees are encouraged to utilize one day of paid volunteer time off.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
Description of Action: 
One of Healthy Buildings core missions is to improve indoor air quality. We employ the practices we recommend to our clients to proactively monitor and maintain the air quality of our office.
Finished Application: 
Member Since: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015