The Petal Project is a green business certification program in the Dubuque area. To be certified, businesses must meet five certification criteria:
This petal requires the installation of flow reducing valves, low flow bathroom facilities, and irrigation systems that only water when needed.
To meet the Waste Reduction requirement, we only purchase paper products with a minimum 30% post consumer recycled content, use plates and silverware at events instead of disposable options, and recycle all of our used paper, plastics, and aluminum.
St. Joseph the Worker staff are routinely educated about our green practices and participate in community outreach activities that are focused on sustainability and stewardship.
Our heating and cooling systems are programmed to work efficiently during the day and are turned down after hours, and all our lighting comes from compact fluorescents and other low-energy options.
The community uses a minimum of hazardous materials (such as cleaning products, pesticides, and fertilizers) and recycles printer and toner cartridges.