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4 Steps to Deliver the “Whole Sustainability Package”

March 26th, 2014, No Comments

Source: GreenBiz
1. Benchmarks and Metrics
In order to accomplish sustainability goals in multiple facility locations, it is critical to research and develop benchmarks into easily understandable checklists so that you end up with uniform results throughout the company. You also need to simultaneously track metrics in order to measure success. To do this, you must find [...]

4 Top Sustainability Reporting Trends for 2014

March 6th, 2014, No Comments

Source: Green Biz
For most companies work on 2013 sustainability reports are well underway. But it’s not too late to take stock and assess whether you’re giving enough consideration to four major issues: materiality, conflict minerals, social compliance in supply chains and reporting requirements in emerging market stock markets.

Focus on Materiality

The leading sustainability reporting frameworks (GRI, [...]

Ten Predictions for Energy Management in 2014

February 14th, 2014, No Comments

By: Tiffany Richmond
Recently Verdantix released a complementary report on ten predictions for energy management in 2014. Verdantix assessed global regulations, innovation, competitive dynamics and corporate energy strategies and identified 10 key predictions for 2014.

Building energy management will explode in Japan. Japan’s need for demand side management has accelerated in recent years, as it continues to [...]

Water Risks to US Companies are Becoming More Acute

December 4th, 2013, No Comments

Source: CDP
Water security risks are increasing and will significantly impact business continuity if left unaddressed, according to the CDP U.S. Water Report 2013, prepared by Deloitte. Even as water risks become more acute, the majority of Standard & Poor’s 500 index (S&P 500) companies facing water risks lack strategic plans to adequately address these risks.
The [...]

Tame Your Vampires Before They Devour Your Energy Budget

October 23rd, 2013, 1 Comment

By: Randi Kruse
It’s that time of year again. Grocery stores crowded with spooky displays of vampires and goblins, and everyone anxious for the festivities to begin. But there are other ominous signs of trouble brewing quietly in the corners of your office. Did you know that there are vampires gobbling up 10% your energy budget [...]

Stalled Sustainability Strategy?

October 3rd, 2013, No Comments

Source: Verdantix.com
Over the last 3 years Verdantix has monitored an increasing number of sob stories from VPs of Sustainability narrating the same tale of woe:
“Two years ago my CEO signed off on a sustainability strategy. We have set goals for reductions in energy, water, waste and resource consumption. We also have plans to target improvements [...]

The Business Case For Green Building

May 30th, 2013, 1 Comment

By: Tiffany Richmond
A recent report by the World Green Building Council examines whether or not it is possible to attach a financial value to the cost and benefits of green buildings.
The report highlights that there are a large number of compelling benefits from green buildings received by different stakeholders throughout the life cycle of a [...]

8 Reasons a CEO Should Care About Sustainability

May 9th, 2013, No Comments

By: Tiffany Richmond
Sustainability has long been on the agenda at many companies, but for decades their environmental, social and governance activities have been disconnected from core strategy. Most still take a fragmented, reactive approach – launching ad hoc initiatives to enhance their ‘green’ credentials, to comply with regulations, or to deal with emergencies – rather [...]

Tips for Building a Business Case for Sustainability

April 29th, 2013, No Comments

By: Tiffany Richmond
I stumbled across this article on the Sustainability Learning Center website that I thought was great summary of items companies should focus on when building the business case for sustainability. Here’s a summary of the article’s key points.
Tips on building a business case for sustainability:

Meet your team “where they are”. If they are [...]

Building Occupant Behaviour Change Part 2: How To Do It (hint: go for the heart)

March 1st, 2013, No Comments

By: Randi Kruse
What’s at the heart of your office? Is it the bricks and mortar? The plumbing and wiring? If you stop to consider this question, an image of your clients or staff will likely come to mind – those friendly faces in the hall who often complain about how hot or cold it is. [...]