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  • Traditional model of businessBusinesses are in business to make money, increase shareholder valueHow do the principles of sustainability fit within the traditional model?
  • Emphasize that sustainable business means financially sustainableSustainability is NOT sacrificing quality of life in the pursuit of zero impact
  • Traditional model of businessBusinesses are in business to make money, increase shareholder valueShort term approach both internally and externallyPeople: employees and social responsibilityPlanet: environment inside the building and effect of the building on the environment, carbon footprintProfit: internal profit and shareholder valueHow do the principles of sustainability fit within the traditional model?
  • More balanced modelIn today’s terms: more sustainable model3 legged stoolProfit? Yes, of course, but this also means that environmental and social aspects of operations are considered in equal measureHow can paying attention to these other two factors, improve profitability?
  • For business, what does sustainability mean?Strategic focus and trade offsAdopting business strategies that meet the needs of the business and stakeholders today – i.e. – growth and profitability – while protecting the human and environmental resources available in the future. Developing a plan.What are some of the more specific “aspects” of sustainability?
  • Every buildingcreates environmental impact: offices, medical facilities, factories, power plants, schoolsHave you considered the effect on the environment of the buildings you work in?Look at these percentages of the impact of buildings…..….What are some of these?Energy useSolid waste generatedWater consumedlandscapingWhat else is affected by the buildings you work in?
  • Depicts what happens in a building over a 50 year lifecycle.Notice, that design is only 1% of the total but by designing sustainability, we can have huge impact on operational efficiency, indoor air quality, energy use. These affect the bottom line and paying attention is the right thing to do…Also notice, that employees make up 88% of that building’s impact.Worker productivity is another sustainability indicatorAlso affects the bottom line.Sustainability initiatives are interdisciplinary - Sustainability is NOT sacrificing quality of life in the pursuit of zero impact
  • Traditional model of businessBusinesses are in business to make money, increase shareholder valueHow do the principles of sustainability fit within the traditional model?
  • vague slogans like “go green” and “sustainable” Must be based in practical processes with quantifiable resultsTo mean anything, a commitment to sustainability must be founded on quantitative, verifiable measures.If not, at best, it’s misleading and at , worst ‘green washing’.This is where sustainability metrics – sustainability scorecards – come in.
  • Wide variety of sustainability metrics
  • Purpose of these metrics includes….More details on metrics…LEED and carbon footprint
  • …a tool to measure sustainability in a sample of buildings using a consistent metric for comparison.…a tool to promote the use of sustainable design, construction and operations in the building industry.…becoming a language that assists the building industry in effectively communicating sustainable design, construction and operation strategies.LEED is NOT a design guideLEED is NOT a specificationLEED is NOT a building code, NOR a standard
  • …develop in already developed areas…reduces irrigation and landscape maintenance (i.e., fertilization, etc)…reduces stormwater runoff…reduces heat island effect…helps to provide a dark sky at night
  • …develop in already developed areas…reduces irrigation and landscape maintenance (i.e., fertilization, etc)…reduces stormwater runoff…reduces heat island effect…helps to provide a dark sky at night My lifestyle requires 6.78 earths…
  • …reduce potable water use within the building…reduce site water use by providing efficient irrigation systems, or native species which require no irrigation…consider collecting condensate, rainwater, greywater for use as non-potable water (i.e., cooling tower make-up water)
  • Reduce material useEliminate material wasteAsk vendors to reduce packagingReuse materialsRenovate a buildingUse salvaged/refurbished furnishingsUse recycled materialsPost-consumer recycled contentPre-consumer recycled contentAlso:-regional materials-rapidly renewable materials-certified wood
  • ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
  • Carbon footprint = environmental impact quantifiedfor a defined entity – household, building, city, campus, etcUnit of measure – mtonnes of CO2 equivalentMton = 2200lbs.CO2eq
  • How can you add apples and oranges together?GWP allows comparison of the impact of GHGs to each other and carbon dioxide. Global warming potential (GWP) is a measure of how much a gas contributes to global warming over a period of time – 100 years – compared to carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide most prevalent greenhouse gas (GHG).
  • 5 campus community collegeWhat’s the biggest contributor to the footprint?So, to develop a strategy to reduce the footprint, what will they do?Biggest pieces of the pie result from electricity and natural gas use.Community college will strategize on how to reduce these.Reducing energy use reduces ghg which translates into reductions in carbon footprint.
  • Traditional model of businessBusinesses are in business to make money, increase shareholder valueHow do the principles of sustainability fit within the traditional model?
  • Formally adopted
  • Formally adopted
  • Sample goals listing for a typical CSP
  • They save money, reduce environmental impact, and improve the working conditions for employees.COMMUNICATION TOOL
  • Joint carbon Disclosure Project and IBM Study entitled Making Advances in Carbon Management
  • Implementing sustainability involves:Define sustainability for your companyChose metrics for tracking initiativesDevelop and implement planAssess

Sustainability: The Right Thing To Do? Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Sustainability: The Right Thing To Do?
    Judy PurmanSustainability Specialist
    www.sebesta.com
  • 2. Sustainability Defined
    Sustainability Metrics
    Implementing Sustainability
    Three Main Themes
  • 3. Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
    • Economically profitable
    • 4. Environmentally responsible
    • 5. Healthy places to live and work
    Sustainability Defined
  • 6. Profit
    • Economics
    People
    • Image and social responsibility
    Planet
    • Environmental impact
    Triple Bottom Line: Traditional Model
  • 7. People
    • Image and social responsibility
    Profit
    • Economics
    Balance
    Planet
    • Environmental impact
    Triple Bottom Line: More Balanced Model
  • 8. Notes: (1) Book: Business Strategies for Sustainable Development: Leadership and Accountability
    Source: A.T. Kearney Analysis.
    http://www.atkearney.com/shared_res/pdf/Sustainability_Report_S.pdf
    Sustainability Defined
  • 9.
    • Facilities
    • 10. Business Travel
    • 11. Purchasing/Procurement
    • 12. Energy
    • 13. Human Resources
    • 14. Outreach/Community Support
    Sustainability Defined
  • 15. Facilities
    Sustainability Defined
  • 16. Facilities
    • Healthy Environment
    • 17. Waste and Recycling
    • 18. Landscaping
    Business Travel
    • Environmental Impact – GHG
    • 19. Teleconferencing
    • 20. Carpooling
    Sustainability Defined
  • 21. Purchasing and Procurement
    Supply Chain
    Office Paper
    Green Cleaning
    Sustainability Defined
  • 22. Human Resources
    Healthy Environment
    Benefits
    Employee Development
    Outreach/Community Support
    Time
    Dollars
    Sustainability Defined
  • 23. People. Occupants. Employees.
    Image from : Dahl (2008)
    The Business Premise
    Source data: NIBS 1998.
  • 24. Sustainability Defined
    Sustainability Metrics
    Implementing Sustainability
    Three Main Themes
  • 25. How does one achieve sustainability?
    How does one go green?
    Commitment to sustainability must be founded on quantitative, verifiable results.
    Sustainability Metrics
  • 26. Environmental
    Energy consumption per sq ft or unit of production
    Renewable energy used or bought
    Compliance: Notice of violations
    Water conservation and quality
    Waste generated and recycled
    Human Resources
    Employee retention (%)
    Number of sick days
    LEED Certification for buildings
    Carbon Footprint
    Sustainability Metrics
  • 27. Baseline data points
    Benchmark against which to track changes
    Guide for decisions on what to change
    Scorecard
    Sustainability Metrics
  • 28. LEED Is
    a tool to measure sustainability.
    a tool to promote sustainability.
    becoming a language for sustainable buildings.
    Available For
    New Construction
    Renovations and Alterations
    Operations & Maintenance (existing buildings)
    Sustainability Scorecard: LEED Certification
  • 29. Design/Operation Must Balance Impacts
    Site
    Water use
    Energy use
    Materials
    Indoor Environmental Quality
    Sustainability Scorecard: LEED Certification
  • 30. Sustainability Scorecard: LEED Certification
    Site
    Average American Requires 25 Acres of Ecologically Productive Land
    Preserve undeveloped land, farmland
    Plant native species
    Minimize hard surfaces
    Minimize dark surfaces
    Minimize light pollution
  • 31. Sustainability Scorecard: LEED Certification
    Water
    Buildings use 12% of US Water
    Install efficient fixtures
    Minimize irrigation
    Identify alternative sources of water for non-potable use
  • 32. Sustainability Scorecard: LEED Certification
    Energy Use
    Buildings use 40% of US energy
    Optimize whole building to operate efficiently
    Perform Building Commissioning
    Use BAS to monitor energy use
  • 33. Sustainability Scorecard: LEED Certification
    Materials
    Buildings use 40% of US Materials
    Reduce material use
    Reuse materials
    Use recycled materials
    Recycle
  • 34. Sustainability Scorecard: LEED Certification
    Indoor Environment
    The Average American Spends 90% of Their Time Indoors
    Provide sufficient ventilation
    Use low-emitting materials
    Provide occupant control
    Maintain thermal comfort
    Provide daylight and views
    Manage acoustics
  • 35. Benefits of LEED
    Identify savings
    Third Party Verification
    Ongoing Program
    Start with Energy!
    Sustainability Scorecard: LEED Certification
  • 36. Measure of the Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    Environmental Impact Into Numerical Calculation
    • Defined Boundary
    • 37. Unit of Measure
    • 38. Metric Tons CO2e Emitted
    Sustainability Scorecard: LEED Certification
  • 39. GHG and Global Warming Potentials
    GHG will be quantified and traded in terms of CO2e
    A ton of methane has the value of 23 tons of carbon dioxide
    Sustainability Scorecard: LEED Certification
  • 40. Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Third Assessment Report
    Sustainability Scorecard: LEED Certification
  • 41. Snapshot in Time of the Total GHG Emissions
    • Calculate footprint using standard methods
    • 42. World Resources Institute Protocol
    • 43. Consistent, verifiable
    Sustainability Scorecard: LEED Certification
  • 44. 7,000+ mtons CO2eq in 2007
    Sustainability Scorecard: LEED Certification
  • 45. Sustainability Defined
    Sustainability Metrics
    Implementing Sustainability
    Three Main Themes
  • 46. What is it?
    • A strategic action plan with short- and long-term goals
    • 47. Roadmap for sustainability as a decision criterion
    • 48. Integrating sustainability into corporate culture
    • 49. Documents past and current sustainability initiatives
    • 50. Metrics for tracking progress
    • 51. Built in method for plan revision
    Corporate Sustainability Plan
  • 52. How do you develop a CSP?
    • Participatory planning process
    • 53. Facilitated stakeholder meetings
    • 54. Policies
    • 55. Targeted action items
    • 56. Drafts for review
    • 57. Formal adoption
    • 58. Publicize
    Corporate Sustainability Plan
  • 59. Short Term (0 – 6 months)
    Risk Assessment
    Stakeholder Mapping
    Core Capabilities Assessment
    Priority Action Plans
    Pilot Projects
    Medium (6 – 18 months)
    Develop an environmental tracking system
    Strengthen education and awareness efforts
    Promote individual ownership of the process
    Long Term (18 months and beyond)
    Re-thinking processes and re-examining markets
    Stakeholder management and partnerships
    Corporate Sustainability Plan
  • 60. Sample Sustainability Initiatives:
    Reduce energy use by 10% in 2 years.
    Implement a green building policy.
    Increase recycling by 20% by 2015.
    Implement a green cleaning policy.
    Reduce the use of herbicides by 30% by 2015.
    Decrease employee turnover by 5% in 3 years.
    Replace laptops every 3 years (instead of every 2).
    Reimburse employees 50% of public transportation costs.
    Corporate Sustainability Plan
  • 61. v
    People, Planet, Profit
    Corporate Sustainability Plan
  • 62. “Such organizations appear to have realized that the cost [of implementing sustainability programs] is far outweighed by the benefits and opportunities it creates.”
    (Making Advances in Carbon Management: Best Practices from the Carbon Information Leaders. A Joint Carbon Disclosure Project and IBM Study)
    Corporate Sustainability Plan
  • 63. Measure and Analyze
    Plan
    Implement
    Assess
    Implementing Sustainability
  • 64. It’s the Right Thing to Do…..
    • Better serve your clients and customers
    • 65. Increase shareholder value
    • 66. Streamline internal operations
    • 67. Improve productivity
    • 68. Reduce costs
    • 69. Increase your ability to compete
    • 70. Achieve a competitive advantage
    • 71. Minimize environmental impact
    • 72. Energy market volatility and expenditure reductions
    • 73. New regulations – you need to prepare
    Why Sustainability?