A True Commitment to Sustainability: The relevance of green business initiatives


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A True Commitment to Sustainability: The relevance of green business initiatives

A “green” business is committed to considering the impact that strategy and products have on the environment and the community. Going “green” ensures that business practices, policies, and procedures are designed based on values that improve the quality of life for customers and employees. Businesses are becoming more environmentally conscious as the long -term benefits of sustainable business practices become more apparent. According to a 2011 study by MIT, sustainability is now a permanent part of 70% of corporate agendas. Most companies now also consider green practices to be vital to remaining competitive and many affirm that these practices are contributing to profits. This seminar will explore the value and process of going green.

Learning Outcomes: Increase knowledge and awareness of current trends and business outcomes of green initiatives

At the end of the seminar, participants will be able to:

a) Explore innovative and sustainable green initiatives
b) Examine the values and benefits of green business practices
c) Identify the role of leadership in sustainability
d) Explore for the future of green business practices

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  • Management support is critical at all levelsOther goals may be established – these are the ones that NG chose.
  • Define the goal boundary (Scope 1, 2, and/or 3) and the reduction goal over a specific time periodDetermine opportunities for reduction and implement projects to reduce emissions.
  • Third party verification is not required but may be desirable to improve external rankings
  • Initiated in 1990 with the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990
  • A True Commitment to Sustainability: The relevance of green business initiatives

    2. 2. Elements of Environmental Sustainability Promote environmental sustainability by minimizing our environmental impact
    3. 3. Goal Setting and Implementation • Obtain top-level management support • Metrics and goals should be established for: – Reduction in greenhouse gases (GHG) – Solid Waste Reduction – Water Conservation • Implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) drive: – Solid Waste Reduction – Water Conservation
    4. 4. Greenhouse Gas Reduction • Scope 1 • Direct emissions generated by facility sources • Process, Stationary, Mobile, and Portable Sources • Scope 2 • Indirect emissions related to energy consumed at the facility • Scope 3 • All other indirect sources of emissions • Employee commuting • Company travel • Shipping attributed to facility operations
    5. 5. Solid Waste Best Management Practices: Facilities Solid Waste Management: Institute a single stream (preferred) or multi-stream recycling program for general purpose office materials, such as paper and bottles Office Furnishings Management: Reuse, recycle or donate office furnishings (e.g., furniture, cubical dividers, racks, white boards) Building Materials Recycling: Capture and recycle demolished and/or unused building materials (e.g., drywall, carpet, dimensional lumber)
    6. 6. Solid Waste Best Management Practices: Electronic Equipment E-Cycle at End of Life: Send end-of-life electronic equipment, including PCs, laptops, electronic test equipment and test sets to a recycling center Electronics Reuse: Reuse electronic equipment, including PCs, laptops, electronic test equipment and test sets until the equipment reaches the end-of-life Rechargeable Battery Recycling: Collect company-generated rechargeable batteries and send to a recycling center when they are no longer serviceable
    7. 7. Water Best Management Practices Restroom/Wash Facilities Low Flow Faucets: Install or replace fixtures with those that have a maximum flow rate of 0.5 gpm (min. flow rate of 0.3 gpm) faucets, aerators or sensor-activated faucets Low Flow Toilets: Install or replace fixtures with those that have a maximum flow rate of 1.6 gpf (max. flow rate: 1.3 gpf for tank toilets) Low Flow Urinals: Install or replace fixtures with those that have a maximum flow rate of 0.5 gpf
    8. 8. Water Best Management Practices Operations/Processes Leakage Prevention/Repair: Inspect building water distribution piping for leaks and repair leaks or replace pipes Blow Down Controls: Adjust boiler and cooling tower blowdown settings to concentration cycles of 4 or greater Enterprise Training Program: Develop a “green” training program for all employees
    9. 9. Data Management • Define the data to be collected to track progress towards goals • Implement common system for data collection • Ensure data integrity • Obtain third party verification of data
    10. 10. Employee Engagement • Establish green teams of key stakeholders from: – – – – – – – Engineering and Manufacturing Facilities Environmental Communications Real Estate Supply Chain Business Management • Communication – Websites, employee newsletters • Earth Day and other events
    11. 11. External Reporting • Critical for customers and investors • Key methods: – Corporate Responsibility Report – Press Releases
    12. 12. Pollution Prevention (P2) Pollution prevention seeks to minimize, mitigate, or avoid any or all of the environmental impacts resulting from: • Product and process development and design • Manufacturing, service and maintenance activities • Process/facilities decommissioning, demolition or construction.
    13. 13. Pollution Prevention (P2) Develop a Pollution Prevention Committee: Review relevant environmental impacts of company operations Identify pollution prevention opportunities Define actions required to implement the opportunity Pollution prevention plans should minimize identified environmental impacts
    14. 14. Pollution Prevention (P2) Pollution Prevention Plans must define: Goals and objectives (as applicable) Metrics (as applicable) Person(s) responsible for implementing the action Reduce what you can. Reuse what you have. Recycle what you can’t.
    15. 15. Special Thanks To: Mike Ensor Environmental Scientist Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Donna Kreis, Manager Environmental Compliance & Sustainability Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
    16. 16. Questions?