Wild Birds Unlimited

Wild Birds Unlimited of Lexington specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding products and expert advice. They are trained to show you how to turn your yard into a bird feeding habitat.


Current Sustainable Practices
Below are the initiatives Wild Birds Unlimited has completed on the Green Check scorecard.

Sustainability Management and Green Team

  • Designated a Sustainability Coordinator or Green Team responsible for managing sustainability initiatives.
  • Provides time for quarterly updates from Sustainability Coordinator in upper management meetings.

Awareness, Education, and Outreach

  • Includes sustainability tips in a monthly newsletter.
  • Provides a sustainability information board in a common area, such as a break room or kitchen.
  • Includes a sustainability statement and training in all new hire materials.
  • Hosts annual trainings or workshops to educate employees about sustainability issues, policies and procedures.
  • Promotes sustainability accomplishments in external marketing materials.
  • Hosted an environmental event at your location.

Energy Efficiency

  • Established 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.
  • Applied for energy credits, rebates or incentives.
  • Replaced incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)- 25-50% replacement.
  • Replaced incandescent or CFL lights with LED lights 25-50% replacement.
  • Established a regular filter maintenance policy for your HVAC system.
  • Have your HVAC system evaluated every 2 years by a certified service provider.
  • Established a policy for purchasing that requires Energy Star rated appliances and electronics.
  • Established a dress code that encourages employees to dress for thermal comfort.
  • Installed programmable thermostats and use them to adjust temperature during unoccupied hours.
  • Installed occupancy sensors in bathrooms, meeting room, and other infrequently used areas.
  • Installed efficiency-rated HVAC of minimum standard SEER rating of 14.0.
  • Performed external lighting audit.
  • Daylight work spaces wherever possible.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

  • Implemented a basic recycling program.
  • Provide clearly marked recycling bins at work stations and/or in common areas.
  • Train and requires staff responsible for cleaning to segregate waste and recyclable materials.
  • Uses reusable mugs and dishware instead of disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Established 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.
  • Develop or participate in an existing composting program.
  • Replaced at least 50% of paper stock with post-consumer recycled paper.

Water Conservation

  • Establish a policy for purchase of high efficiency (i.e. WaterSense) rated fixtures and appliances.
  • Install water efficient faucets in all of the restrooms.
  • Install water efficient toilets in all of the restrooms.

Water Quality

  • Establish a policy for proper hazardous waste and chemical disposal.
  • Organize or participate in a storm drain stenciling.
  • Harvest rainwater through rain barrel system.
  • Establish a policy for proper disposal of fats, oils, and grease, distribute to staff, and post in key areas.
  • Post information in restrooms about proper disposal of “flushable” wipes and other items.
  • Install outdoor ash trays to prevent cigarette litter, and make pocket ash trays available to staff who smoke.

Urban Forestry and Landscapes

  • Participate in a community reforestation project.
  • 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

  • Established a policy to purchase non-Styrofoam cups and plates for use at the workplace or at events.
  • Established a policy to purchase/lease EPA SmartWay Certified fuel-efficient vehicles.

Transportation Efficiency

  • Establish and implement a no-idling policy.
  • Install weather-protected bike storage (indoor or outdoor).


  • Tries to reuse as many food scraps as possible from preparation.
  • Adjusts “plate size” to reduce food waste.
  • Straw campaign.
  • Outdoor solar lights.

Member since 2021