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SAEM SD Presentation 2008

  1. 1. P I L L A R S O F S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y T H E B A S I C S Graham L. Twaddell, MS Environmental & Sustainability Manager
  2. 2. WORKSHOP OUTLINE <ul><li>Define sustainable development </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the benefits of sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss how sustainability can be achieved </li></ul>
  3. 3. WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT? <ul><li>Sustainable development, or sustainability, is the simple idea that, as human beings, we place a high value on our own quality of life and that of future generations. </li></ul><ul><li>The most commonly used definition of sustainability is, “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” </li></ul><ul><li>Our Common Future, Brundtland Commission, 1987 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Nothing new… <ul><li>U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt stated in his 1907 State of the Union address, </li></ul><ul><li>“ To waste our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. PILLARS OF SUSTAINABILITY <ul><li>Sustainability can be visualized as pillars that together support, produce and enhance a sustainable world.  </li></ul><ul><li>These pillars are economic growth, social development and environmental protection. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ECONOMIC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SOCIAL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ENVIRONMENTAL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Triple bottom line. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Sustainability Pillars <ul><li>S O C I A L </li></ul><ul><li>Employee Benefits, </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care, </li></ul><ul><li>Community Involvement, </li></ul><ul><li>Education… </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sustainability Pillars <ul><li>E C O N O M I C </li></ul><ul><li>Production Costs, </li></ul><ul><li>Profits vs Loss, </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance Costs, </li></ul><ul><li>Sales… </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sustainability Pillars <ul><li>E N V I R O N M E N T A L </li></ul><ul><li>Waste, </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Efficiency, </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Degradation… </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Pursuit of Sustainability… Economic Environmental Social SUSTAINABILITY
  10. 10. The next generation matters as much as the next quarter… <ul><li>In order for organizations to maintain a competitive edge and ensure longevity they need to adopt a management system that addresses not only economic issues, but issues that address environmental and social matters also. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Reasons to be Sustainable: <ul><li>Limitless Longevity : survival of your organization. </li></ul><ul><ul><li> Sustainability is a rapidly growing concept . As other organizations implement and practice sustainability, those that do not will simply fall behind and lose the ability to aggressively compete. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Reasons to be Sustainable: <ul><li>Smart Savings: Being clean and green will save your organization money </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. less energy, less water, less </li></ul><ul><li>waste, less clean up, less liability </li></ul><ul><li>and exposure. </li></ul><ul><li>Planet Earth’s natural resources are </li></ul><ul><li>finite…and thus costly! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Reasons to be Sustainable: <ul><li>Natural Neighborhood </li></ul><ul><li>For your kids and your community, enhancing you and your loved ones’ lives, as well as setting a moral and ethical example. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Reasons to be Sustainable: <ul><li>Recognition Rewards </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance market share, client and public relations, and your organization’s reputation. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Reasons to be Sustainable: <ul><li>Excel and Exceed </li></ul><ul><li>Going beyond compliance, by setting – and exceeding - industry standards, your organization has a tangible impact on its rivals. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Make your own reasons… <ul><li>To be sustainable , </li></ul><ul><li>our actions must reflect what is important to us; qualities such as: </li></ul><ul><li>Clean air </li></ul><ul><li>Clean water </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Prosperity </li></ul>
  17. 17. Industry and Sustainability <ul><li>As the world has become more industrialized, there have been increasing environmental pressures such as harmful emissions and waste, which have had global, regional or local impacts. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Industry and Sustainability <ul><li>Global, regional or local impacts include: </li></ul><ul><li>Local level : urban air pollution, contamination of soils and rivers and land degradation </li></ul><ul><li>Regionally : acid rain and water contamination </li></ul><ul><li>Globally : climate change, ozone layer depletion, loss of biodiversity, increased movement of hazardous waste and increased land-based marine pollution </li></ul>
  19. 19. Industry and Sustainability <ul><li>There is a mutually reinforcing relationship between social and industrial development. </li></ul><ul><li>Industrialization has the potential to promote, directly and indirectly, a variety of social objectives such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>employment creation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>poverty eradication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>gender equality </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>labor standards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>greater access to education and health care. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Industry and Sustainability <ul><li>The predominant task facing industry today is to maximize the positive influence of industrial activities on economic and social development, while minimizing the negative impact of production and consumption on the environment. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Industry and Sustainability <ul><li>In this regard, the overriding challenge is to promote the positive impacts while limiting or eliminating the negative impacts of industrial activities on social development.  </li></ul><ul><li>So… how do we do this? </li></ul>
  22. 22. What gets measured, gets managed...... <ul><li>Indicators are a tool that can be used to measure an organizations’ progress towards sustainability. </li></ul><ul><li>Put simply…indicators are “Something you can do!” </li></ul>
  23. 23. What gets measured, gets managed...... <ul><li>By identifying appropriate indicators within each of the sustainability pillars, one can start to manage unsustainable activities, implement sustainable practices and set sustainable goals for the future. </li></ul><ul><li> Becoming greener involves doing just one thing. </li></ul><ul><li>The more we do, the more sustainable we become . </li></ul>
  24. 24. Social Sustainability Indicators   80 TOTAL         10 Employee Salary Direct Deposit   10 Ride Share Program   10 Education Opportunities   10 Volunteering in Community   10 Health and Wellness Program   10 Healthful and Safe Working Environment   10 Employee Benefits   10 Employee Salary Points Attained Max Value SOCIAL
  25. 25. Environmental Sustainability Indicators   80 TOTAL         10 Landscaping   10 Hazardous Waste Management   10 Pollution Prevention (P2) Plan   10 Water Permits   10 Air Permits   10 Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plan   10 Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan   10 Hazardous Material Inventory Service (HMIS) & Tier II Points Attained Max Value ENVIRONMENTAL
  26. 26. Economic Sustainability Indicators   80 TOTAL         10 Alliance of Sustainable Businesses   10 Electronic Banking and Mailing   10 Inventory Control (Just In Time Ordering)   10 Waste Recycling and Reuse   10 Generation of Waste (municipal and hazardous)   10 Water Consumption   10 Energy Consumption   10 Percentage Profit Points Attained Max Value ECONOMIC
  27. 27. WORKSHOP CONCLUSION <ul><li>Define sustainable development </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the benefits of sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss how sustainability can be achieved </li></ul>
  28. 28. Questions? Graham Twaddell [email_address]

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