COCA Green Team

“At COCA, we are committed to building a stronger, healthier community and using our resources wisely. That ranges from striving to be a welcoming and accessible place for everyone to participate in the arts, to caring for our historic building, to using our donors’ investments responsibly, and, of course, caring for the environment in which we do our work. Our COCA Green Team continues to do great work, making steady progress towards environmental sustainability.”

Kelly Pollock
COCA Executive Director

COCA’s Sustainability Policy
COCA is committed to doing our part to make St. Louis a great place to work and live, which means caring for our environment for future generations. COCA has taken many steps to preserve energy, recycle, reduce waste, and “go green.” We strive to continually take action to reduce our eco-footprint and remain attentive and thoughtful about how we use our space in an environmentally responsible way.

COCA Recycling Policy
COCA endeavors to reduce the waste generated onsite by promoting the recycling of materials and maintaining a clean, sustainable, and environmentally conscious facility. COCA participates in single-stream recycling with bins provided throughout the building and signage indicating which materials are acceptable by Republic Services Recycling Plant, where University City’s recyclables are sorted. COCA is committed to protecting and improving the environment by recycling commonly used materials such as mixed paper, cardboard, plastic/glass containers, and aluminum/tin/steel cans, printer cartridges, hazardous materials such as batteries, and electronic equipment. All patrons, volunteers, Board of Directors, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to comply with this recycling policy and participate in efforts to reduce waste.

Daylighting Policy
In order to maximize the benefits of natural light, please refrain from turning on overhead lights until necessary.  Utilize the natural light as often as possible.

Office Supply Purchasing Policy
COCA shall, whenever possible, purchase environmentally friendly (i.e. green) office supplies.

  • When possible and are similar in cost, items made from post-consumer or post-industrial recycled content should be considered.
  • Purchase from companies that have environmentally friendly practices
  • Quality built products that have a longer life-cycle should also be considered as they will not be disposed of as frequently.
  • Purchase goods that can be manufactured, used and disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.


Green Cleaning Services Policy
COCA shall, whenever possible, purchase environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.

  • COCA already purchases 100% post-consumer recycled content paper towels and toilet paper.
  • COCA already purchase environmentally friendly cleaning supplies. Most products have the “Green Seal®”

Maintenance & Building Supply Purchasing Policy:
COCA (and its maintenance vendors) shall, whenever possible, purchase environmentally friendly (i.e. green) cleaning supplies.

  • When possible and are similar in cost, items made from post-consumer or post-industrial recycled content should be considered.
  • Purchase from companies that have environmentally friendly practices
  • Purchase goods that can be manufactured, used and disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
  • Purchase products, when fiscally possible, that have low VOC (volatile organic compounds)
  • Recycle old paints, etc/dispose of in environmentally friendly ways

Electronics Purchasing Policy
COCA’s vendors must provide products that earn the ENERGY STAR and meet the ENERGY STAR specifications for energy efficiency.

 

 

 

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