At Appalachian Audiology, we value healthier environments for everyone. We have an internal commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. We consider sustainability in every aspect of our business and are always looking for initiatives to help protect and minimize the impact of our operations on the environment.
Indoor Air Pollution
We use an extra indoor air purifier to remove all the mold spores, pollen, tobacco smoke, and pet dander that patients and staff may inadvertently bring in with them from outside.
We change the air filters in our air system every three months, using the best air filter available.
We support weekly green janitorial services, using all natural and biodegradable cleaning products.
We work in a smoke-free office and have live plants that absorb indoor air pollution and increase the flow of oxygen.
Recycling, Re-using, and Waste Reduction
We use multi-function devices when possible (think printer, scanner, copier all-in-one) and avoid using color print cartridges.
We recycle used coffee grounds, coffee filters, and shredded paper- available for staff to take home for garden compost. Other recyclables include non-confidential paper, plastic, cardboard, pharmaceutical packaging, and aluminum cans.
Filtered water is used throughout the office, replacing plastic bottle waste.
We adjust the office temperature at the end of business hours. Our air conditioner and duct system is checked regularly for leaks, faulty filters, coils, compressor fans, and drains.
Box Tops for Education is a nationwide fundraising program dedicated to helping schools get the things they need- everything from computers to playground equipment. When we make necessary office purchases from companies like Avery, Brita, Heft, Kleenex, and Boise, we collect the box top logo and submit this to a local school.
Ceramic coffee and tea cups are used instead of Styrofoam cups. Ceramic plates and silverware are used instead of disposable eatery.
We have a heat controlled light window film on our glass front door to reduce energy needs of cooling the waiting room.
Switching from incandescent to compact fluorescent light bulbs uses less energy, saving up to $200 for every five bulbs replaced, according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Lighting expenses make up as much as 50% of the average commercial building's energy bill. Turning off lights when not in use and switching to lower-wattage bulbs can make a difference.
Resealed the windows and re-caulked the pre-cast exterior wall joints to reduce drafts and load on HVAC systems, which conserves energy.
We purchase Energy Star appliances for the business, including hand-dryers in our bathrooms, which use less energy and cause less deforestation, long-term compared to paper towels.