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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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Our Responsibility

It’s daunting to read news about the environment and about carbon emissions in particular. One article I just read stated that China’s emissions will reach their peak sometime after 2030. Or maybe they won’t. No one’s really certain. What is certain is that we’re all emitting too much and seem unable to lower our emissions […]

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The Prescience of The Death of Environmentalism

I just read Jane Kleeb vs. the Keystone Pipeline in the New York Times magazine. It talks about how Jane Kleeb has galvanized a group of Nebraskan farmers and ranchers to oppose the Keystone pipeline. What is striking about this story is that this is a group of stakeholders that is traditionally very conservative and […]

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Sustainability Management and Reporting – The Power of Bottom-Up Discovery

I just read this great article from Wizness comparing sustainability management to sustainability reporting and asking the question: ‘What comes first – reporting or management?’ In my experience leading Scope 5 through early customer deployments, I’ve seen this play out in a number of ways. I can now confidently say that, the answer to the […]

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Solutions Movement

Check out this great article about the “Solutions Movement” happening in Sonoma. I met the author, Michael Levitin, while attending the Sustainable Enterprises Conference. Levitin quotes Gil Friend, chief sustainability officer for the City of Palo Alto : “What we’re here to do is to transform the economy of the planet – and to do […]

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