What are some examples of Green Technologies and Practices?

Listed below are some popular examples of the types of green technologies and practices we’re interested in. This list is not all inclusive. If you have a question about a particular activity, please contact us.

Examples of Renewable Energy

Generate electricity, heat, or fuel for use within the establishment from:

  • Wind (Aeolic) Energy
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Ocean (Tidal) Energy
  • Hydropower
  • Biomass
  • Solar Power
  • Land Fill Gas (LFG)
  • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)

Examples of Energy Efficiency

Use of the following technologies or practices within the establishment:

  • Cogeneration or Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
  • Motor System Optimization (through capital spending, re-engineering or use of software such as Motormaster+, etc.)
  • Oxy-fuel Firing
  • Isothermal melting process
  • Server virtualization
  • Energy efficient fume hoods
  • LEED certified building
  • Weatherization measures for existing construction
  • Energy efficient devices such as Energy Star rated appliances, Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs), motion detection lighting, or programmable thermostats which reduce the establishment's energy consumption

Examples of Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction

The use of technologies and practices to reduce GHG other than renewable energy or energy efficiency, including:

  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies
  • Purchase and use of carbon offsets
  • Promotion and/or subsidy of alternative forms of transportation for employees, such as carpools, fuel efficient vehicles, cycling, or mass transit
  • Implementation of a telework program for employees
  • Methane emissions reduction and/or reuse (including enteric fermentation reduction, landfill gas capture, manure biogas recovery, etc.)

Examples of Pollution Reduction and Removal

Use of technologies or practices to reduce the creation or release of pollutants or toxic compounds as a result of your operations, including:

  • Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) methods that do not produce hazardous secondary waste or by-products
  • Catalytic/Thermal destruction of NOX (or alternative methods of Nitrogen Oxides reduction/elimination including Fluidized Bed Combustion)
  • Dioxins reduction/removal methods and/or practices
  • Other Thermal Oxidizers or Wet Scrubbers to Neutralize Chemicals or Heavy Metals
  • Solvent recovery systems
  • Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints and sealers

Examples of Reusing and Recycling

Use technologies or practices to reduce or eliminate the creation of waste materials as a result of your operations, including the following:

  • Collecting and reusing or recycling waste materials created as a result of your establishment’s operations
  • Managing and/or recycling wastewater effluent (phytoremediation, bioremediation, land application, etc.)
  • Composting solid waste
  • Remanufacturing

Examples of Natural Resource Conservation

  • Managing land resources
  • Managing storm water
  • Conserving soil, water, or wildlife
  • Practice of no-tillage or conservation tillage agriculture
  • Organic agriculture
  • Agroforestry or permaculture
  • Implementing a paperless office or reducing paper usage and consumption


Last Modified Date: October 4, 2012