National Labor College Green
- Removed inefficient 5-year old oil-fired boilers and
replaced with efficient gas-fired boilers.
- Switched to biodegradable cold and hot cups, hot cup
sleeves, takeout containers, trash bags, plates and
- Created an appropriate recycling stream with its waste
management provider and has started an aggressive recycling
program for materials and containers. All office and public
areas have been outfitted with recycling containers.
- Environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals are now in
- Water coolers were installed and outfitted with filters
for treating tap water rather than using plastic bottles.
- The NLC draws from certified sustainable seafood
- Buy local produce to save on fuel and carbon emissions.
- Newer facilities have motion sensing valves on its sinks
and toilets to reduce water usage. Signage in each dorm room
notifying guests that towels on racks will not be replaced
and encouraging them to use their towel more than one day.
- The fixtures have been outfitted with high-efficiency
compact fluorescent lights. 150 to 250 watt spotlights have
been replaced with CFL’s.
- Guest rooms are filled one floor at a time, one building
at a time where practicable. All residence building and
public space are kept at reduced temperature settings until
- Xerox machines were replaced with machines that use
20-25% less energy and use environmentally friendly toner.
EA toner is chemically grown and uses no fuser oil making it
environmentally friendly with better copy quality. The
College also has copy stations and all workers in the area
use the same machine. Each machine copies, prints and faxes
- The College placed USP’s in the IT server room to
regulate power and reduce the electricity requirements.
- Two employees bring their dogs to work to help reduce
the goose population. This greatly reduces the need for
maintenance staff to clean the sidewalks and common areas,
thus saving water. This also eliminates the issue of nesting
birds who frequently attacked students.
- Green Workplace Representative Certificate Program
This program will provide union members and
working people with the knowledge and training to
become leaders in the field of green workplace
auditing and climate change response. The NLC
curriculum will provide working people with a
practical guide for taking proactive steps to
promote sustainability in their workplace. The goal
of this program is to build cooperative
labor/management partnerships in the workplace
around the concept of sustainability that are safer
and more productive, that enhance the
competitiveness of American firms in the global
economy, and that contribute to the health of the
planet. Curriculum for this program, when complete,
will be forwarded to MHEC for approval.
- Green Labor Journal, a monthly electronic
The Green Labor Journal will be a
monthly, electronic newsletter that delivers
timely and lively news and analysis of energy,
climate, economic, clean technology, and
education and training issues related to green
jobs and careers – from the perspective of the
American labor movement. Monthly topics to be
covered include: Feature Article (on
green jobs and workplaces); Cleantech Tracker;
Affiliate Actions, NLC Green Education
and Training; AFL-CIO Center for Green
Jobs; and Did You Know? (news,
updates, links, events, data and networks).
Readers will be able to share and comment on
Green Labor Journal articles and on green ideas
and initiatives in the workplace.
Our current website is undergoing a big
construction overhaul and will include an
entire page on going green.
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