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    EnvironmentalSustainability

    NewYorkStatePollutionPreventionInstituteRochesterInstituteofTechnology

    August2011

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    Objectives1. UnderstandSustainabilityconceptsandbenefits:People,

    Planet,Profit2. Learnhowtoassessacompanysimpactonworkers,the

    environmentincludingtheair,water,solidandhazardouswaste,energy,andprofitability

    3. Understandthirdpartycertifications(LEED,DfE,GreenSeal,etc.)andsustainabilityreporting

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    Agenda

    GeneralSustainabilityTraining SustainabilityDefined BenefitsofSustainability CommittingtoSustainability

    1. SetPolicy2. Defineaspects3. Evaluateandprioritize4. Measureandmonitor

    a. Peopleb. Planetc. Profit

    5. Continuouslyimproveandreport

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    Sustainability DefinedWhydoweneedSustainability?

    LoveCanal,NY

    Bhopal,IndiaChernobyl,SovietUnionwww.wikipedia.com

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    Sustainability DefinedInternationalDefinitionfromtheU.N.

    BrundtlandCommission:Publishedareportin1987 Commissioncreatedtoaddressgrowingconcernaboutthe

    acceleratingdeteriorationofthehuman environmentandnaturalresourcesandtheconsequencesofthatdeteriorationforeconomic and social development

    Recognizedthatenvironmentalproblemswereglobalinnatureanddeterminedthatitwasthecommoninterestofallnationstoestablishpoliciesforsustainabledevelopment

    SustainableDevelopment:developmentthatmeetstheneedsofthepresentwithoutcompromisingtheabilityoffuturegenerationstomeettheirownneeds

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    Sustainability DefinedConceptcontinuestoEvolve

    Fromanindividualsconcern,toglobalrecognition

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    Sustainability DefinedManyPhrasesfortheSameConcept

    Manytermsforaddressingsocial,environmentalandeconomicinitiatives:

    3Ps People,Planet,Profit Social,Economic,Environmental CorporateSocialResponsibility CorporateCitizenship SustainableGrowth

    Eachcompanyororganizationshoulddefinehowtheyaddresssustainability.

    People(Social)

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    Sustainabilityisactualized

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    Sustainability3Ps

    Component Internal(Company)Aspect External(Societal)Aspect

    People(Social)

    RespectforPeople

    Respectingtheneedsofpeopleinsidethecompany

    Respecting theneedsofpeopleoutsidethecompany

    Planet(Environmental)

    Wiseuseofnaturalresources

    Leavingenoughresourcestomeetcurrentandfuture needsofcompany

    Leavingenoughresourcestomeetcurrentandfutureneedsofsociety

    Respectforlivingthings

    Treatinglivingthingswithrespectw/in companyoperations(e.g.,respectinganimalrights)

    Protectingecosystemssolivingthingscansurviveintheenvironment

    Preventingandcontrollingpollutionw/incompanyproperty

    Preventingandcontrollingpollutionoftheexternalenvironment

    Profit(Economic)

    Wiseuseofeconomicresources

    Achievingeconomicsuccess ofcompany

    Achievingeconomicprosperityofsociety

    Sustainability DefinedInternalandExternalRespectandValues

    Figure 2.6, The Sustainability Handbook, Wm. R. Blackburn

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    Transportation

    Packaging

    Energy

    ProductLifeCycleandEnvironmentalImpacts:Internal&External

    Future Generations

    Waste water Air emissions All other wastes

    Resource extraction

    Suppliers

    Food manufacturing

    Water

    Consumer

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    BenefitsofSustainabilityEveryonecanworktowardsSustainablePractices

    Reputation&BrandStrength Competitive DesiredProducts&Services Productive

    Patagonia

    Dell

    XeroxToyota

    Rochester Midland Corp.

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    Strengthenriskmanagement,compliance,productivity,andcredibility

    Avoidproblemsofthepast,pursuenewopportunitiesforthefuture,continuetocontributeingoodtimesandbad

    Morethanpursuingoneissue;itsaholisticapproachwithmanyissuesanddifferentpriorities

    Generateadditionalsales,recruitandretainemployees,facilitatetransactionsandpartnerships,chargepremiumprices

    BenefitsofSustainabilityWhybeasustainablecompany?

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    Anycommitmentrequiresaprocessandcontinuousimprovement Assessandsetgoals Planandprioritizeactions Implementchangeandmeasureresults Monitorandimproveperformance

    Assess

    Plan

    Implement

    Monitor

    CommittingtoSustainability:DevelopingaSustainabilityRoadmap

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    RequirementsforDevelopingaSustainabilityRoadmap

    Leadershipsupportrequired Makeabusinesscase Effectivelydeploy Fullyengageallkeyplayers Createagoodmixoftechnology,practices,andawareness Choosetherightmetricsandeffectivemeasurement Produceclearandconcisereporting Actonresultsandimprove Keepfollowingtheprocesstowardscontinuousimprovement:

    Assess Plan Implement Monitor

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    People

    CompanyorOrganizationalCommitment:1. Setpolicywithavision2. Definecompanysaspects(e.g.,hazardouswaste,

    wastewater,employeeexposure)3. Evaluateaspectsanddetermineprioritiesbasedonimpacts

    (e.g.,toxicity,quantityofwastewater,safety)4. Measureandmonitortheimpacts(metrics)5. Continuouslyimproveandreport

    StepsforDevelopingaSustainabilityRoadmap

    S

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    3.Evaluate&determineprioritiesEvaluateaspectsanddetermineprioritiesbasedonimpacts(e.g.,toxicity,quantityofwastewater,safety)

    Sitevisitandinterviewpersonnel Datacollection(Useofchecklists/questionnaires)

    UtilityBills,metering Mass&EnergyBalances Chemicalusagelogs,Wasteinventory Employeeinjuryrates,incidents

    Reviewrelevantcasestudies Synthesizeandprocessthecollectedinformation Characterizetheopportunities

    Environmental/Energybenefits Economicbenefits Socialbenefits

    StepsforDevelopingaSustainabilityRoadmap

    People

    S

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    metric (noun):systemofmeasurement asystemofrelatedmeasuresthatfacilitatesthequantificationofsomeparticularcharacteristic

    Areasmeasured Mustberelevant Mustbepracticalandmeasureable Musttietothegoals Ideally,canbeaggregated Ideally,arecomparabletobenchmarks Forreporting,needstobesomethingthereadercan

    understand

    4.Measureandmonitortheimpacts(metrics)toPeople,Planet,Profit

    StepsforDevelopingaSustainabilityRoadmap

    People

    S

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    4.Measureandmonitor People

    People

    S

    StepsforDevelopingaSustainabilityRoadmap

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    Sustainability3Ps

    Component Internal(Company)Aspect External(Societal)Aspect

    People(Social)

    RespectforPeople

    Respectingtheneedsofpeopleinsidethecompany

    Respecting theneedsofpeopleoutsidethecompany

    Planet(Environmental)

    Wiseuseofnaturalresources

    Leavingenoughresourcestomeetcurrentandfuture needsofcompany

    Leavingenoughresourcestomeetcurrentandfutureneedsofsociety

    Respectforlivingthings

    Treatinglivingthingswithrespectw/in companyoperations(e.g.,respectinganimalrights)

    Protectingecosystemssolivingthingscansurviveintheenvironment

    Preventingandcontrollingpollutionw/incompanyproperty

    Preventingandcontrollingpollutionoftheexternalenvironment

    Profit(Economic)

    Wiseuseofeconomicresources

    Achievingeconomicsuccess ofcompany

    Achievingeconomicprosperityofsociety

    Sustainability DefinedInternalandExternalRespectandValues

    Figure 2.6, The Sustainability Handbook, Wm. R. Blackburn

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    CustomerGoal:reduceoreliminatetheuseoftoxiccleaningproductswhileachievingthesameorbettercleaningresults

    YourGoal:educatethecustomertounderstandhowtheuseofgreenproductsaffectsworkers,theplanet,andprofit

    SafetyisimpactedmostbytheTOXICITYoftheproduct AffectstheUSERandtotalcostofUSE,themost Benefits:

    Decreasedriskofhealthaffects Increasedindoorairquality Employeesarehappier Eliminatecostlywastedisposal Eliminatetheneedforprotectiveequipment Mayeliminateairmonitoring&otherregulatoryrequirements

    4.Measureandmonitor People:Example

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    ConventionalCleaningProductsMaycontainanumberoftoxicingredientswhich

    Presentahealthhazard Cancausenegativehealthaffectsinpeopleusingthemorinareas

    nearthemChemical Potential health effects

    Ammonia Canirritateeyesandlungs,causekidneyandliverdamage

    Methanolamine May causeasthma,kidneyorliverdamage

    Diethanolamine Canirritateeyes, skin,andlungs

    Bleach Canirritate eyes,skin,andlungs

    Nonylthenolethoxylates Canharmhormone andreproductivesystemsofanimalsinwater

    Phthalates(commonlydisguisedasfragrance)

    Can