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Summary of the Smart Steps Guide to sustainability for small business.

Summary of the Smart Steps Guide to sustainability for small business.

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  • 1. SMART STEPS TO SUSTAINABILITY
    A Guide to Greening Your Small Business
  • 2. Five steps to greening your Small Business
    from Smart Steps to Sustainability
  • 3. Step 1. Get Ready
    Step 1. Get Ready
    • Assess your compliance
    • 4. Engage your employees
    • 5. Find support
    • 6. Build your environmental knowledge
    • 7. Plan appropriately
  • Step 2. Get Started
    Step 2. Get Started
    • Create a long-term vision of your sustainable business
    • 8. Choose your approach to greening
    • 9. Identify the environmental impact of your business
    This step includes worksheets to help you plan strategically. Visit www.epa.gov/osbp/greening.htm to download the worksheets.
  • 10. Step 2. Get Started
    Define your green vision
  • 11. Step 2. Get Started
    Environmental and regulatory issues
    This chart will help you identify outside issues that may affect your company.
  • 12. Step 2. Get Started
    Identify your motivation
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    Increased profit
    Customer demand
    Personal convictions
    Employee satisfaction
    Regulatory concerns
    Add value to the community
    Inspire innovation
    Desire to be a leader
    Energy costs
    Expand customer base
    Keep up with the competition
    Environmental Constraints
    Company longevity
    Cost of Compliance
  • 13. Step 2. Get Started
    Put It all Together
    • Define your vision (where you want to be on the Environmental Performance Ruler)
    • 14. Identify top environmental and regulatory issues
    • 15. Identify motivators with highest importance
    • 16. Describe your vision and long-term objectives
    • 17. Plan your approach (formal EMS, other formal approach, Greening Guide steps, ad hoc, other)
  • Assess your impact
    Step 2. Get Started
    Transportation Impacts
    Employee commuting
    Business travel
    Shipping/receiving
    Delivery services/fleets
    air pollution  water pollution 
    GHG emissions  erosion 
    habitat loss  energy use
  • 18. Assess your impact
    Step 2. Get Started
    Office Area Impacts
    Paper and supplies
    Solid waste
    Lighting and HVAC
    Equipment
    Water use
    Purchasing
    Cleaning
    air pollution  water pollution  GHG emissions  toxics 
    resource use  energy use  waste
  • 19. Assess Your Impact
    Step 2. Get Started
    Building and Grounds Impacts
    Water use
    Mowing
    Leaf blowing
    Storm water
    Pest control
    Fertilizers
    air pollution  water pollution  GHG emissions  toxics 
    erosion  energy use  waste
  • 20. Assess your impact
    Step 2. Get Started
    Manufacturing and Business Process
    Paper
    Raw material
    Solid and hazardous waste
    Toxics
    Lighting and HVAC
    Water use
    Machinery
    air pollution  water pollution 
    GHG emissions  toxics 
    resource use  energy use 
    waste  habitat loss
  • 21. Step 3. Set Goals
    Step 3. Set Goals
    Specific
    Measurable
    Attainable
    Relevant
    Time-bound
    • Identify SMART goals
    • 22. Select and prioritize goals
    • 23. Define responsibilities
  • Step 4. Go Green
    Step 4. Go Green
    Turn your strategy into Action
  • 24. Step 5. Continual Improvement
    Step 5. Improvement
    • Measure progress
    • 25. Develop a strategy for updating your goals
    • 26. Become more sustainable over time
  • As green thinking becomes part of your company culture, you and your employees will begin to recognize countless opportunities to improve your business’ environmental performance.
  • 27. Don’t forget to:
    • Include sustainability in all of your decisions and actions
    • 28. Communicate your efforts
    • 29. Be a leader in your industry and community
    • 30. Always strive for improvement
  • Copies of the Smart Steps guide and worksheets can be downloaded at:
    www.epa.gov/osbp/green-pubs.htm
    For more information contact:
    Tiffin Shewmake
    tshewmake@prizim-inc.com