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Green 101

  1. 1. Green 101 Rob Sinclair
  2. 2. Goals of Today ‣ To understand Green ‣ To understand our current environment ‣ To understand what an offset is ‣ To understand what we can do to reduce our impact ‣ The benefits and obstacles ‣ How to implement a green policy ‣ 10 - easy thing we can do
  3. 3. What we know ‣ everything we do has an impact on the environment ‣ what we are currently doing isn’t sustainable ‣ collective efforts have more impact than individual ones ‣ collaboration must become part of every leader’s lexicon ‣ we need to think BIG! ‣ we need to start small
  4. 4. New Paradigm
  5. 5. New Language Sustainable consumption The ultimate objectives of green procurement are to reduce the consumption of resources in order to reduce the generation of waste, to minimize environmental, health and financial risks, and to reduce costs. Green Purchasing Green procurement is the procurement of products and services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. A green product is one that is less harmful than the next best alternative.
  6. 6. Current Situation We have got into the predicament we are in today because we have focused on parts and neglected the whole. We are focusing on immediate goals- such as short term - and neglected the larger systems which the quarterly profits are only a small part.
  7. 7. The CO2 bathtub 5 billion tons added 8 billion every year tons go in 3 billion tons go out www.sustainer.org/tools_resources
  8. 8. Our Current CO2 bathtub 800 billion tons 380 ppm www.350.org
  9. 9. Re-think Climate change is but one thread in a larger cloth; we cannot simply remove the thread, but we must reweave the cloth.
  10. 10. Step 1 Understanding my footprint ‣ Electricity ‣ Heating ‣ Travel ‣ Paper
  11. 11. Step 2 Understanding waste ‣ Look at what you are throwing away ‣ Waste is wasted $$
  12. 12. Step 3 Re-Think purchasing ‣ Paper ‣ Office Supplies ‣ Energy ‣ Travel
  13. 13. Product Examples Recycled content, FSC certified paper. ReBinder – Recycled binders made from 35 – 38% post consumer recycled cardboard Remanufactured Ink Cartridge
  14. 14. Product Examples 30% post consumer recycled content folders and dividers Green Cleaning Products
  15. 15. Step 4 Offset
  16. 16. What is an offset? Offsets are carbon credits purchased from projects working to decrease the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the earth’s atmosphere. These projects aim to help our planet and ultimately reduce climate change.
  17. 17. Zerofootprint Offsets ‣ Additionality ‣ Certification ‣ Public Registry ‣ Risk and project management ‣ Carbon leakage ‣ Meaningful contribution to long-term sustainability of local communities
  18. 18. Types of offsets Forest Restoration British Columbia • ISO 14064-2 Certified The Maple Ridge forest restoration project aims to develop a forest that will continue to be healthy beyond the lifespan of the current generation of trees. The project maximizes the amount of CO2 that can be sequestered(absorbed), and emulates natural forest growth. Over 36,000 indigenous Douglas Firs, Sitka Spruces, Western Red Cedars, Western Hemlocks and Cottonwoods have been planted since the project began in 2006. Landfill Gas Recapture Ontario • ISO 14064-2 Certified The Niagara Falls Landfill Gas Recapture project captures gas from the East Quarry landfill and distributes it to the nearby Abitibi Mill, which produces recycled content paper.
  19. 19. Types of offsets Tire Recycling Program Quebec • ISO 14064-2 Certified This project utilizes used car and truck tires to manufacture a variety of products, including new tires, rubber carpets, car mats, and an assortment of other post-consumer goods. Run of River Hydro Ontario • ISO 14064-2 Certified This project harnesses the power of moving river water to produce energy. Run of river power projects add clean energy to our grid, which reduces reliance on unsustainable sources of energy such as fossil fuels and coal.
  20. 20. Industry Response Goals of Green Supply Chain Reduce overall business costs 56% Enhance company social responsibility 51% Improve profits 42% Improve visibility into green supply chain drivers 49% Reduce waste/improve disposal methods 38% Source Aberdeen Group 2008
  21. 21. Challenges to Green ‣ Price ‣ Lack of corporate commitment ‣ Insufficient knowledge ‣ Availability ‣ No acceptable alternative ‣ No specifications ‣ Purchasing habits
  22. 22. Overall Benefits ‣ Improve Brand Image ‣ Employee Productivity & Morale ‣ Reduce Risk ‣ Increase Profits ‣ Identify New Markets ‣ Establish new best practices in your industry
  23. 23. Implementing a SP Program* ‣ Organizational support ‣ Self-evaluation ‣ Set goals ‣ Develop a strategy ‣ Run a pilot project ‣ Implementation ‣ Sustainment *Implementing a sustainable procurement programme' is modeled on the Canadian standard for 'Environmentally Responsible Procurement', CSA Z766-95, issued by the Canadian Standards Association.
  24. 24. Using Backcasting 2 Dec lining y Res nom our co ve E ces rati to Res Sustainable Supply 1 3 Vision Current New Reality Reality Sustainable Demand Res and tora tive Dem Eco ce our nom Res y g in eas ncr Bridging I Gap 4
  25. 25. Work with Suppliers ‣ Environmental claims by suppliers should be supported by documentation ‣ Does the company have their own environmental policy? ‣ Can a supplier provide samples or product on trial basis?
  26. 26. SP Criteria examples ‣ Using logo/certification programs ‣ Based on recycled content ‣ Protecting health/indoor air quality ‣ Distance goods/services travel ‣ Based on recyclability
  27. 27. Eco Labels The Design for the Environment (DfE) Program works in partnership with a broad range of stakeholders to reduce risk to people and the environment by preventing pollution. DfE focuses on industries that combine the potential for chemical risk reduction and improvements in energy efficiency with a strong motivation to make lasting, positive changes. SCS is a leading third-party provider of certification, auditing and testing services, and standards. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
  28. 28. Eco Labels Green Seal is an independent non-profit dedicated to safeguarding the environment and transforming the marketplace by promoting the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products and services. Chlorine Free Products Association is an independent non-profit accreditation and standard setting organization who’s focus is promoting sustainable manufacturing practices, implementing advanced technologies free of chlorine chemistry, educating consumers on alternatives, and developing world markets for sustainably produced third party certified products and services. FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
  29. 29. Eco Labels The 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance (RPA-100%) is an independent, non-profit trade alliance headquartered in Washington, D.C. RPA-100% brings together leading 100% recycled paperboard manufacturers to analyze the benefits and promote the use of 100% recycled paperboard. Recyclable Symbol. – This symbol signifies that a product is recyclable. Most of the time, there will be a number in the center of the symbol that represents the type of plastic the container is made from. Recyclable Symbol – This symbol is used to denote that a product contains recycled content. Often times there will be a percentage in the center of this circle telling how much recycled content is in the product.
  30. 30. GSC Best Practices ‣ Align green supply chain goals with business goals ‣ Evaluate the supply chain as a single life cycle system ‣ Use green supply chain analysis as a catalyst for innovation ‣ Focus on source reduction to reduce waste
  31. 31. 10 easy steps ‣ Be bright about light - Artificial lighting accounts for 44 percent of the electricity use in office buildings. ‣ Maximize computer efficiency - Computers in the business sector unnecessarily waste $1 billion worth of electricity a year. ‣ Print smarter - The average U.S. office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper a year. ‣ Go paperless when possible - Make it a habit to think before you print: could this be read or stored online instead? ‣ Ramp up your recycling - Make it a habit to recycle everything your company collects. ‣ Close the loop - Make it a policy to purchase office supplies and furniture made from recycled materials. ‣ Watch what (and how) you eat - Make it a habit to bring your own mug and dishware for those meals you eat at the office. ‣ Rethink your travel - Make it a habit to take the train, bus, or subway when feasible instead of a rental car when traveling on business. ‣ Reconsider your commute - Make it a habit to carpool, bike, or take transit to work, and/or telecommute when possible. ‣ Create a healthy office environment - Make it a habit to use nontoxic cleaning products. Brighten up your cubicle with plants, which absorb indoor pollution.
  32. 32. consider the entire system
  33. 33. Collaborative Tools ‣Google Docs - www.docs.google.com ‣Net Suite - www.netsuite.com ‣Mind Meister - www.mindmeister.com ‣NING - www.Ning.com ‣LinkedIn - www.LinkedIn.com ‣Survey Monkey - www.surveymonkey.com ‣Write Board - www.writeboard.com 33
  34. 34. Resources Web: ‣ Conscious Brands www.Consciousbrands.com ‣ Six Steps to the Greenest Meetings Possible ‣ http://www.greenbiz.com/feature/2008/10/06/six-steps-greenest-meetings-possible ‣ Green Procurement ‣ http://www.greeninggovernment.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=256986C5-1 ‣ Greener Choices www.GreenerChoices.org ‣ Environmental Leaderwww.environmentalleader.com Books: ‣ Living Supply Chains, John Gattorna ‣ Wikionomics, Don Tapscott ‣ Small Giants, Bo Burlingham ‣ Green Business, Amy K. Townsend ‣ The Ecology of Commerce, Paul Hawkins 34
  35. 35. Thank-you Q & A:
  36. 36. Contact info Rob Sinclair ph: 403.697.9314 e: rob@consciousbrands.com 36

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