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Green Your Workplace Today

  1. 1. Green Your Workplace Today Eco-Stream Sustainability Consulting San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership 2010
  2. 2. Frameworks and Tools The Big Picture Triple Bottom Line The Natural Step Zero Waste California Product Stewardship Council Life Cycle Assessments EPA WasteWise CalRecycle Product Policy Institute LEED DOE Energy Star EPA WaterWise
  3. 3. Steps to Success • Forming a team • Creating Benchmarks • Strategic Initiatives • Tracking and Engagement • Reporting
  4. 4. Green Your Workplace Today Group A- Green Products and Materials - Create a plan to increase percentage of green products purchased at a business or in a community. Group B- Waste Reduction and Recycling - Create a plan to identify additional reduction opportunities and recyclable materials at a business or in a community. Group C- How to Get a Green Program Started - Create a plan to start a Green Procurement Program, Recycling, or other Waste Reduction program at your business or in your community.
  5. 5. Sorting through the Greenwash What are the attributes of environmentally preferable products?
  6. 6. Environmentally Preferable Product Characteristics may include: • Recycled content • Low or non-emitting • Bio-based material / rapidly renewable • Energy efficient • Safe for human & environmental health • Sustainably packaged & shipped • Regionally sourced & manufactured • Recyclable • Low embodied energy • Less material used • Longer lasting / durable • Easily maintained & without toxic chemicals • Non-toxic • Salvaged material • Responsibly manufactured • Social justice
  7. 7. Life Cycle Assessment • Where does it come from? • How is it made, packaged, and transported? • How are the workers treated? • How is the environment protected? • How is this product used? • Is it durable, reusable, recyclable? • Is it non-toxic? • What do we do with what’s left over?
  8. 8. Recycled Content & Recyclability
  9. 9. Toxicity • Being “Less Bad” is still not Good – “Less Toxic” – “Reduced chemical use” • Product lifecycles should not leave a harmful legacy – Human and environmental health
  10. 10. Toxicity Definitions • Carcinogen – Cause cancer • Teratogen – Cause birth defects • Endocrine Disrupter – mimic hormones, often also a teratogen • Mutagen – Causes mutation of genetic code, passing on problems to future generations • Persistent Biocumulative Toxins (PBT’s) – Chemical not easily broken down by biological process – Accumulates in body tissue
  11. 11. Organic Waste Food and Landscape Waste
  12. 12. What happens to all of our stuff when we throw it away? Where is Away? What actually happens to all the waste produced by your business, and all the other businesses and services in your community, your home, everyone else’s homes, all the stores, the parks, the restaurants, the events, where does it all go?
  13. 13. There really is no Away. California Product Stewardship Council
  14. 14. Closed-Loop Cycles Eco-Cycle / Zero Waste
  15. 15. Waste & Purchasing Connection • Look at what is in your waste stream • Talk to everyone along the “product trail” • Find ways to reduce waste with informed purchasing decisions
  16. 16. Remember the Steps to Success • Form a team • Create Benchmarks • Strategic Initiatives • Tracking and Engagement • Reporting
  17. 17. Thank you! Barbara Hamilton Eco-Stream Sustainability Consulting 760-717-6627