Bringing Sustainable Organizations Together for the
                   21st Century
Sustainable Organizations Are Tightly Linked




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Long Term Sustainability Framework


                Community




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The Sustainability Context

               A sustainable context includes but is not limited to answers
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Effective Sustainability Metrics

         Effective sustainability metrics are:
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Sustainability Within Context

                                    Environment



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Not Just an Environmental Movement




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Impacts of Sustainability



             • Sustainability impacts the entire ecosystem that is our enterprise, our
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Definition of Community


             Community can be defined in social terms such as our town
             or county an...
Definition of Economy


             The economy is the social system of production, exchange,
             distribution, ...
Effective Sustainability Metrics


             Indicators that measure progress toward sustainability need
             t...
Advantages of Traditional Metrics


             The data is readily available and can be used to compare
             com...
Disadvantages of Traditional Metrics


             Traditional data sources and metrics focus attention on
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Why Join the Chamber Of Sustainability?
What You Receive




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                      Networking opportunities wit...
Business to Business Connections




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National Exposure




         Inclusion in a national
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Credibility




             Complimentary submissions to receive a SUSTAINABLE2000 award



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Professional Development


        Complimentary registrations to the Chamber’s national and local events and programs


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Access to Government



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Involvement




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Community Outreach


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What We Do


             Assist companies in marketing sustainable products and services
                The COS is provi...
Developing Sustainability Metrics for Your Enterprise
How Do You Develop Effective Metrics?


             1. Does the metric provide a long-term view of the community?
       ...
How Do You Develop Effective Metrics?


         7. Does the metric address the ability of a community's man-made material...
How Do You Develop Effective Metrics?

             12. Does the metric measure a link between the economy and environment...
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  • Effective metrics are useful to different companies or communities for different reasons but their primary purpose is to show you how well your system is working and what areas need improvement. For a healthy, vibrant company or community, metrics help monitor that health so that negative trends are caught and can be dealt with before they become a problem. For companies or communities with economic, social, or environmental problems, metrics can point the way to a better future. For all companies or communities, metrics can generate discussion among people with different backgrounds and viewpoints, and, in the process, help create a shared vision of what the community should be.One of the biggest problems with developing metrics or measures of sustainability is that frequently the best metrics are those for which there is no data, while the metrics for which there is data are the least able to measure sustainability. For example, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is generally reported as a measure of the country's economic well-being. However, because GDP reflects only the amount of economic activity, regardless of the effect of that activity on the community's social and environmental health, GDP can go up when overall community health goes down. For instance, when there is a ten-car pileup on the highway, the GDP goes up because of the money spent on medical fees and repair costs. On the other hand, if ten people decide not to buy cars and instead walk to work, their health and wealth may increase but the GDP goes down.\"Trying to run a complex society on a single metric like the Gross National product is like trying to fly a 747 with only one gauge on the instrument panel ... imagine if your doctor, when giving you a checkup, did no more than check your blood pressure.\"
  • However, there is a real danger that traditional data sources and traditional metrics will focus attention on the traditional solutions that created an unsustainable community in the first place. It may be tempting to keep measuring 'number of jobs,' but measuring 'number of jobs that pay a livable wage and include benefits' will lead to better solutions. Discussions that include the phrase 'but you can't get that data' are not going to lead to metrics of sustainability. In fact, if you define a list of metrics and find that the data is readily available for every one of them, you probably have not thought hard enough about sustainability. Try to define the best metrics and only settle for less as an interim step while developing data sources for better metrics.
  • Discussions that include the phrase 'but you can't get that data' are not going to lead to metrics of sustainability. Try to define the best metrics and only settle for less as an interim step while developing data sources for better metrics.
  • We have resources available that can help you with an in depth self assessment and to generate and use effective sustainability metrics within your organization.
  • Cos Overview V0.7

    1. 1. Bringing Sustainable Organizations Together for the 21st Century
    2. 2. Sustainable Organizations Are Tightly Linked Environment Economy Community Achieving progress toward sustainability requires maintaining and improving economic, environmental, and community wellbeing, not choosing one over the others 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 2
    3. 3. Long Term Sustainability Framework Community Sustainable Economy Context 25+ Years Environment Acknowledges the links between and the importance of each element and is measurable 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 3
    4. 4. The Sustainability Context A sustainable context includes but is not limited to answers to questions such as: What is the quality of life How does sustainability for all members—human How do we measure impact the bottom line and non-human sustainability? of the enterprise? of your community? How involved are people in Does the enterprise have making their community a Is environmental the ability to meet better place to work, play quality a concern? its basic needs? and live? 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 4
    5. 5. Effective Sustainability Metrics Effective sustainability metrics are: Relevant • showing something about the system that needs to be understood Multidimensional • including the links among the economy, environment, and community Understandable • even by people who are not experts Reliable • enabling trust in the information provided Accessible • facilitating timely action 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 5
    6. 6. Sustainability Within Context Environment Community Economy Achieving progress toward sustainable development is a matter of social choice on the part of individuals, groups, enterprises, communities, and governments that comprise the ecosystem context. It is an evolutionary process with no specifically defined end state. 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 6
    7. 7. Not Just an Environmental Movement 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 7
    8. 8. Impacts of Sustainability • Sustainability impacts the entire ecosystem that is our enterprise, our community, our economy, and our environment • The sustainability concept integrates our economic and social (community) lives into the environment in ways that maintain and enhance the environment rather than degrade or destroy it • Sustainable community issues include all the different parts that make up a community 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 8
    9. 9. Definition of Community Community can be defined in social terms such as our town or county and be expanded to include our region or country, and further expanded to encompass our continent or our world The human ecology exists within each community Communities exist in the environment of the earth’s ecosystem 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 9
    10. 10. Definition of Economy The economy is the social system of production, exchange, distribution, and consumption of goods and services Any specific economy involves the environment, technology, history, geography, resources, and other factors Economy encompasses job growth, diversity, benefits, and the work needed to support basic needs The economy includes work performed, profit, and the ability to produce a needed product or service The economy can be considered on a local, national, or global level Any enterprise may be involved in more than one economy, more than one community, and more than one local environment 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 10
    11. 11. Effective Sustainability Metrics Indicators that measure progress toward sustainability need to measure the interactions between the economy, the community and the environment and its impact on the individual Frequently the best metrics have not been captured Traditional metrics have several advantages and disadvantages Your metrics must change over time Environment Community Economy 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 11
    12. 12. Advantages of Traditional Metrics The data is readily available and can be used to compare communities Traditional metrics can help to define problem areas Traditional metrics can be combined to create sustainability metrics Environment Community Economy 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 12
    13. 13. Disadvantages of Traditional Metrics Traditional data sources and metrics focus attention on traditional solutions For example, measuring miles per gallon does not enable easy understanding of improvement, instead measuring gallons per mile creates a much richer understanding and will lead to much better solutions If your defined metrics are readily available you have not thought hard enough about sustainability Environment Community Economy 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 13
    14. 14. Why Join the Chamber Of Sustainability?
    15. 15. What You Receive + Networking opportunities with industry leaders and prospective clients The COS is hosting a minimum of 20 (physical and virtual) networking events for member companies in 2009 + Connect with potential collaborators working on sustainability projects The COS will provide a virtual platform to match companies with potential collaborators Marketing access to regional locations The COS is developing media partnerships The Central Upstate Region of New York has with each AMOS Project location to gain numerous partnerships to reach thousands in exposure in the specific markets the clean and green technology sectors 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 15
    16. 16. Business to Business Connections + Network with other members The COS has a members-only, interactive website that promotes numerous ways to collaborate between companies + Gain knowledge about sustainability through connections, events, committees, and many more opportunities The COS is hosting a minimum of five regional events in 2009 + Attend national COS events, including the SUSTAINABLE2000 event The COS will host a national event in 2010 Join the COS online discussion forum The COS has an online discussion forum for members 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 16
    17. 17. National Exposure Inclusion in a national media campaign to A free subscription to the COS promote sustainability e-newsletter issues List your company in the COS exclusive online Subscription to specific topical Member Directory email announcements 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 17
    18. 18. Credibility Complimentary submissions to receive a SUSTAINABLE2000 award • The ratings system is being developed and will be launched in the third quarter of 2009 Ability to use the COS logo on organization marketing collateral • The COS logo will be provided in multiple formats upon acceptance of membership proposal 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 18
    19. 19. Professional Development Complimentary registrations to the Chamber’s national and local events and programs • The COS will host a minimum of 5 events in 2009 Attend COS advocacy training sessions • The COS will host a minimum of two advocacy training sessions in 2009 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 19
    20. 20. Access to Government Serve on a SUSTAINABLE2000 • Committees are being developed committee to shape the throughout the country in will be future of sustainability operational in the third quarter of 2009 issues Participate in legislative outreach efforts and • A government affairs consulting group stay up to date with will be secured by third quarter of 2009 federal and local and members will be encouraged to government participate sustainability programs • A comprehensive list will be Learn about funding continuously updated for COS opportunities for members and be available on the sustainable businesses members-only website 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 20
    21. 21. Involvement Become a developer of the Host COS committee meetings at SUSTAINABLE2000 ratings your organization’s office(s) system for national use • The COS will coordinate committee • Members will have the opportunity meetings on your behalf at company to join in the update of the system location(s) by the third quarter of 2009 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 21
    22. 22. Community Outreach Host events at the AMOS Project locations 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 22
    23. 23. What We Do Assist companies in marketing sustainable products and services The COS is providing marketing advice to companies as a benefit, along with access to industry experts to assist with the planning Help develop strategic partnerships between member companies The COS is actively leading collaboration initiatives by gathering like-minded companies that produce positive partnerships Produce positive economic growth opportunities The COS is developing strategic plans and opportunities for all member companies to grow their revenue streams Promote increased public awareness of sustainability issues The COS is initiating a public relations campaign in target regions with input from member companies 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 23
    24. 24. Developing Sustainability Metrics for Your Enterprise
    25. 25. How Do You Develop Effective Metrics? 1. Does the metric provide a long-term view of the community? 2. Does the metric address the ability of the community's human capital including skills, abilities, health and education? 3. Does the metric address the ability of the renewable and nonrenewable resources that the community relies on? 4. Does the metric address the issue of economic, social or biological diversity in the community? 5. Does the metric address the ability of the entire ecosystem services that the community relies on? 6. Does the metric address the ability of a community's social systems to work together and interact in meaningful ways? 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 25
    26. 26. How Do You Develop Effective Metrics? 7. Does the metric address the ability of a community's man-made materials that are focused on quality of life and the ability to maintain and enhance them with existing resources? 8. Does the metric address the issue of esthetic qualities that are important to the community? 9. Is the metric easy to understand and use? 10. Does the metric address the equity and fairness between current community residents or between current and future individuals? 11. Does the metric address economic, social or biological diversity in the community? 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 26
    27. 27. How Do You Develop Effective Metrics? 12. Does the metric measure a link between the economy and environment? 13. Does the metric measure a link between the environment and the community? 14. Does the metric measure a link between the community and the economy? 15. Does the metric measure sustainability that is at the expense of another community or at the expense of global sustainability? 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 27
    28. 28. Contact: Name Title Email Phone Fax 04/18/2009 © Chamber of Sustainability 28
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