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Microsoft’s Internal Carbon Fee

Access to up-to-date data makes it easier to integrate environmental footprint management into the rhythm of the business. – T.J. DiCaprio I recently read The Microsoft carbon fee: theory and practice by T.J. DiCaprio. It struck me how Microsoft’s innovative program exemplifies the trend toward continuous improver. An internal carbon fee encourages organizations to look […]

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On the Three R’s of a Real Sustainability Program

Read Derek’s article on Real sustainability programs in Sustainable Business Magazine: I tell everyone, if you want to have a real sustainability effort, start with the three R’s: Report, Results and Role. If you don’t like acronyms you can just pronounce it rrr like a low growl. I went to a sustainability dinner a few […]

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Making Transparent Decisions with Data

We’re pleased to bring you this post from our guest blogger, Jimmy Jia, CEO of Distributed Energy Management: All business practices and behaviors consume energy. The more detail a manager can view, the better their decision making process can be. Indeed, making decisions based on guesses can be very harmful. Fortunately, energy data is only […]

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Scrambler, Continuous Improver or Both?

As the CEO of Scope 5 for the past several years, I’ve been witnessing the profound changes in the sustainability landscape. We work with a combination of sustainability consultants and ‘end-users’ – those organizations that are realizing the importance of and the opportunities that result from implementing a sustainability program and acting on it. Among […]

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Make Sure to Get That Sustainability Report Right

While looking through our support site recently, I noticed that a couple of users had questions related to how and why Scope 5 prorates activity data. The answer to the ‘why’ is simple – prorating can make the difference between an accurate view into your organization’s sustainability performance and a distorted view. If you’re looking […]

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The Principles That Make a Quality GRI (or any) Report

I was rereading the GRI G4 Reporting Guidelines the other day and was struck by several of the principles that GRI uses to define report quality (from p. 18 of the Reporting Principles). Let’s take a look at some of them: Comparability This principle refers to the need to select and report information in a […]

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Brewing Sustainability

Hood River, Oregon is a special place for my family and me. My wife and I spent many a weekend windsurfing the Columbia River, camping in Tucker campground and eventually got married and bought ourselves a little shack in town. Now, our boys look forward to our summer family vacations in Hood River. We always […]

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Communicating – Elevating the Sustainability Conversation

We’ve noticed a trend among our customers and within the business community at large. Increasingly, organizations are looking for ways to communicate their sustainability stories and metrics more broadly. This isn’t terribly surprising – after all experts have been speaking for some time about the potential benefits that companies can expect as a result of […]

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The How-To’s of Restoring Local River Flows in Colorado

About this time of year when I see a neighbor with a green lawn I instinctively think <insert expletive here>. I live in Seattle. Imagine how much trickier the scenario is in dryer states balancing the water needs of farmers, companies and residents. I heard a success story out of the Colorado basin where corporations, […]

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Medical Waste – Regulated or Not

In our work with healthcare organizations, I came across the term RMW a few years ago. RMW refers to ‘regulated medical waste’. Waste – I thought to myself. We all generate waste. As far as I know, my waste isn’t regulated. I thought back to the odd hospital visit – I remembered how each tool […]

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