Bluegrass Death Doula

Death education, end of life planning and support, legacy project, living funeral, vigil planning, home funeral guidance, memorial projects, celebrant, and green funeral consultant.

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Current Sustainable Practices

Below are the initiatives Bluegrass Death Doula has completed on the Green Check scorecard.

Sustainability Management and the Green Team

  • Develop a written Comprehensive Sustainability Plan.
  • Designate a Sustainability Coordinator or Green Team responsible for managing sustainability initiatives.
  • Provide time for quarterly updates from Sustainability Coordinator in upper management meetings.

Awareness, Education, and Outreach

  • Include sustainability tips in a monthly newsletter.
  • Provide a sustainability information board in a common area such as a break room or kitchen.
  • Include a sustainability statement and training in all new hire materials.
  • Promote sustainability accomplishments in external marketing materials (website, social media, newsletter, press releases, TV/radio ads).
  • Provide volunteers for community environmental projects annually.
  • Sponsor an environmental booth at an existing community event.
  • Participate in a present or attend sustainability workshop.

Energy Efficiency

  • Assess, track, and document energy consumption using Energy Star Portfolio Manager or similar program. 
  • Establish a power-down policy and checklist that includes items such as shutting off lights at night.
  • Set water heater thermostats to a maximum of 120 degrees or install an inline water heater.
  • Replace incandescent or CFL lights with LED lights 76-100% replacement.
  • Achieve a year-over reduction in energy usage from the baseline of at least 5%.
  • Establish a regular filter maintenance policy for your HVAC system.
  • Have your HVAC system evaluated every 2 years by a certified service provider.
  • Establish a policy for purchasing that requires Energy Star rated appliances and electronics.
  • Establish a dress code that encourages employees to dress for thermal comfort.
  • Assess energy consumption by conducting a plug load inventory.
  • Install power strips for computers and equipment to power down during non-business hours.
  • Install programmable thermostats and use them to adjust temperature during unoccupied hours.
  • Install occupancy sensors in bathrooms, meeting room, and other infrequently used areas. 
  • Conduct an energy audit or assessment (within the last three years).
  • Install or upgrade to energy efficient fans. 
  • Insulate roof to control energy loss.
  • Install efficiency-rated HVAC of minimum standard SEER rating of 14.0.
  • Perform external lighting audit. 
  • Daylight work spaces wherever possible.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

  • Implement a basic recycling program.
  • Provide clearly marked recycling bins at work stations and/or in common areas. Recycling bins must be paired with a waste bin.
  • Train and require janitorial service or staff responsible for cleaning to segregate waste and recyclable materials.
  • Use reusable mugs and dishware instead of disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Establish a policy for environmentally friendly printing such as two sided printing, reusing copy paper, and electronic document sharing.
  • Establish an electronic waste policy that diverts all e-waste away from landfill. 
  • Replace at least 50% of paper stock with post-consumer recycled paper.
  • Develop or participate in an existing composting program.

Water Conservation

  • Conduct a water audit within the last three years. Monitor and record water usage, check indoor and outdoor pipes and fixtures for drips and leaks. 
  • Establish a policy for purchase of high efficiency (i.e. WaterSense) rated fixtures and appliances.

Water Quality

  • Establish a policy for proper hazardous waste and chemical disposal.
  • Organize or participate in a storm drain stenciling.
  • Establish a policy for proper disposal of fats, oils, and grease, distribute to staff, and post in key areas.
  • Harvest rainwater through rain barrel system. 
  • Post information in restrooms about proper disposal of flushable wipes and other items.
  • Coordinate or participate in a community litter clean-up. 

Urban Forestry and Landscapes

  • Participate in a community reforestation project.
  • Assess the ecosystem services of trees on property using the National Tree Benefits Calculator.
  • Establish a native species-only plant replacement policy for tree and shrub planting.
  • Remove all invasive species from property.
  • Establish an Integrated Pest Management policy to reduce use of pesticides in the landscape.
  • Establish environmentally friendly lawn care policies to reduce chemical pesticide and fertilizer use.
  • Plant a pollinator garden.

Sustainable Purchasing

  • Establish a policy for reducing the toxic chemicals/materials in your workplace.
  • Establish a policy to purchase non-Styrofoam cups and plates for use at the workplace or at events.
  • Establish a policy for purchasing locally, if available.
  • Establish a policy to purchase/lease EPA SmartWay Certified fuel efficient vehicles.
  • Establish a policy for purchasing environmentally-friendly cleaning products.

Transportation Efficiency

  • Establish and implement a no-idling policy.
  • Adopt a telecommuting option and make it available to employees.
  • Install weather-protected bike storage (indoor or outdoor).
  • Provide employee shower and dressing room facility.  
  • Offer a group bicycle education/training opportunity. 

Innovation

  • Install a green wall.
  • Innovation of choice. 

Pending Certification