A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with a colleague whom I respect deeply. We were talking about the nature of the work I do at Scope 5. At one point he looked across the table at me and, looking at his face, I could tell that he was debating whether to say what… Read More
Determining which sustainability metrics an organization should track is one of the most important issues facing practitioners today. The breadth of metrics is large. Basic activities that generate emissions are obvious places to start. Typical examples are electricity, stationary combustion, mobile combustion and fugitive emissions. But the real question is which one of these metrics,… Read More
Learning how sustainability fits into your organization starts with understanding strategic alignment, and moves quickly to issues like resource use and reporting needs. Scope 5 has developed 10 questions that help you get going in areas that matter most.
Christina Barry-Simmons and Lex Agapinan used their Pinchot University graduate project to demonstrate the value of measurement and transparency in supporting Columbia Sportswear’s sustainability work. I interviewed them to find out if they are in fact crazy. Read the full article in Triple Pundit here.
I’m in Boston for two days and I’m already missing home a bit, so I’m excited to see Val Fishman speak on water at New Metrics. Aside from the natural affinity with the topic that you’d expect from someone with Val’s last name, Val has deep environmental experience from her work at the Bonneville Environmental… Read More
Have you heard claims from your local grocery store chain or airline about their greenness and thought, “yeah right”, because you work in sustainability and put “yeah, right” on the end of most of your thoughts? Where do you go to find out which companies have publically committed to what measurable goals? I’ve been looking… Read More
In this post, I’ll talk briefly about sustainability data granularity. We work with a broad range of organizations that use Scope 5’s sustainability reporting software to measure, track and reveal 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… Read More
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… Read More
In a recent blog post, I mentioned the decentralization of food (or in broader terms, the decentralization of stuff). One benefit of increasing local production is a reduction in the impacts of freight transport. A lot of our customers include freight transport in their emissions inventories and so I decided to take a little closer… Read More
The landscape of sustainability data management tools can be dauntingly complex. One of the most common pitfalls that we see is the confusion between energy management tools (EM tools) and more general sustainability data management tools (SDM tools). In this post, we’ll briefly explain the difference between the two. Generally, EM tools are targeted at facility… Read More
Sustainability data management software is following a wave 1/wave 2 evolutionary path that is similar to that of other new enterprise software solution categories such as business intelligence and CRM. Solutions in the first wave win the early adoption of many customers, but the complexity and total cost limit the number of organizations able to successfully… Read More
The article “Sustainable Business Needs a Moneyball Moment” describes energy efficiency as “the on-base-percentage metric for corporations – desperately unsexy, nearly invisible to the untrained eye, and never mentioned in the post-victory game highlights.” Waste, energy use and emissions data may not be as glamorous as revenue per employee or stock price; however, more organizations… Read More