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Smart Steps

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