Burnaby Board of Trade Pledge
Burnaby Board of Trade Pledge

Heights Merchants Association

Heights Merchants Association

4019 Hastings Street

As a business improvement association, we want to encourage our merchants to take the pledge and consider sustainable options in their businesses. We hope that we can lead our merchants to turn Burnaby Heights into a sustainable community.

  • Turn off lights when not in use
  • Turn off workplace electronics when not in use
  • Optimize heating and cooling systems (21 Celsius when occupied 16 Celsius when unoccupied)
  • Use natural lighting whenever possible
  • Unblock heat flows by moving furniture
  • Use laptops whenever possible
  • Install programmable water thermostats
  • Encourage staff to use efficient rinsing techniques
  • Provide refrigerated drinking water
  • Scrape dishes rather than rinsing them before washing
  • Water dry spot by hand instead of running the whole irrigation system longer.
  • Discard water into plants instead of the drain
  • Encourage carpooling to company events and offsite meetings
  • Hold events along the frequent transit network
  • Provide staff with transit fares for travel locally to business meetings
  • Set printers to ‘double sided’
  • Print only necessary documents
  • Send memos, quotes and invoices electronically
  • Provide recycle stations at key locations
  • Subscribe to online newspapers and magazines
  • Donate outdated electronics
  • Use washable cutlery and plates
  • Recycle hazardous waste
  • Review packaging of products with a few to reducing packaging waste.
  • Consider leasing rather than purchasing products
  • Develop a policy of purchasing non-toxic cleaning materials
  • Purchase FSC Certified or 100% post consumer recycled paper
  • Purchase eco friendly bulk cleaning supplies
  • Purchase used items whenever possible
  • Purchase long life, re-fillable and re-usable products
  • Choose products that don’t produce a lot of waste
  • Introduce a policy that supports green and sustainable products
  • Support the local economy by buying local
  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle when making purchasing decisions

Heights Merchants Association