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How Fine is Your Data?

In this post, I’ll talk briefly about data granularity. We work with a broad range of organizations that use Scope 5 to measure and track their use of resources. The granularity at which they track their data varies quite a bit. It’s a little like the old film that used to go in cameras – […]

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The Carbon Footprint of the Internet

Check out this great infographic, thanks to CustomMade – quantifying the carbon costs of email, search and cloud storage – 2 percent of global CO2 emissions, comparable to air travel… Click to Enlarge Image Carbon Footprint of the Internet Infographic by CustomMade

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Rescuing Brian – the Value of Cloud-Based Data Management

In my last post, I wrote about poor Brian. When we left him he was sitting in quiet desperation, driven to the edge of his sanity by the need to make sense of the data he collected in a pile of spreadsheets (in this case for the purpose of generating his company’s CDP report). In […]

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The Challenges of Data

A post I recently read was titled simply “It’s CDP Submission Time Again”. Reading it reminded me of Scope 5’s very earliest days. In its development and deployment, we spoke with a handful of people, ranging from passionate tree huggers, to seasoned EHS managers. All worked for large organizations and had one thing in common […]

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Sipping Sustainably

I wrote about Full Sail Ale’s sustainability leadership not long ago. Since then, we’ve been fortunate enough to work with New Season’s Market – another sustainability leader in the food industry and also a B-Corp. Here’s another post I’d like to draw your attention to on sustainability in the brewery and winery industries. It’s written […]

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Healthcare Sustainability Leadership

“Our job is to “first do no harm,’ so addressing climate change as part of keeping people healthy and safe could be interpreted as being in the Hippocratic Oath” That was one of the first points Brenna Davis, Virginia Mason Health System’s Director of Sustainability made clear when we spoke recently. So, it should be no surprise […]

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Size Doesn’t Matter

 — The interesting topic isn’t big data but rather, just data — The term ‘big data’ is thrown around an awful lot lately to describe a set of problems and solutions. Often though, the term is used in connection with an interesting set of trending issues that actually have little to do with the size […]

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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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