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Residential EnergyWorks Program Evaluation Report Now Available

Several months ago, we told you about the Residential EnergyWorks Program Evaluation that iSpring completed for the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS).  Using data from that evaluation, iSpring has now created a brief report detailing the findings that is publicly available.  Curious what the program’s impact was on the region?  Check out the full report below […]

Tomato Skins to Storage Bins: Ford Gives Us a Lesson in Unlikely Partnerships

Several years ago, we wrote about the flea market principle of sustainability, where one company’s trash becomes another company’s treasure.  When we worked at Kraft Foods, we saw this principle first-hand, with an enormous amount of their waste, especially food waste and cardboard, being reused by partner organizations, often with financial benefit to Kraft. It’s […]

EPA’s New Clean Power Plan: A Primer

Announced on Monday, June 2nd, the Obama administration’s new proposed plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants has already made waves.  For environmentalists, the plan was welcomed as a bold action to stem the effects of global warming.  From those in the industries most likely to be affected by the new plan (and lawmakers […]

Zombies in Sustainabilityland

During the dark winter days, we at iSpring look forward to the release of a couple of reports that evaluate last year’s progress around business sustainability.  We realize this is a little geeky, but it’s kind of our thing, you know?  Since our immediate view is somewhat limited to the clients we see throughout the […]

iSpring Completes Evaluation Project for Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

We are thrilled to share that iSpring recently completed an evaluation of the residential EnergyWorks program, a five-county energy efficiency program led by the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS) and funded by a grant from the Department of Energy as part of the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program (BBNP).  EnergyWorks was one of many programs […]

Sustainability on the Playground

Imagine this. You’re seven years old.  You see a brightly colored path and want to find out where it leads.  You meander through a forest where ropes allow you to connect from tree to tree.  The mountains just outside the forest invite you to explore their tunnels and build connections from peak to peak.  You […]

Why the Obvious Solution Isn’t Always the Best When It Comes to Sustainability

Recently an article appeared in The Morning Call that seemed surprising and a bit disheartening.  The Wegmans supermarket located in Allentown, PA, has opened a new Market Café with seating capacity for 240 that allows recycling of cups but not of the utensils and the plastic clamshells in which the food is packaged.  In fact, […]

The Planet’s Carbon Odometer Turned Over 400. What Now?

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the data that we’ve hit carbon dioxide levels of 400 parts per million (PPM) in our atmosphere.  This, in turn, sparked a media flurry of hand-wringing over how we’re failing to combat climate change, and we continue to be on a collision course with “the […]

Materiality Matters: How Emerging Sustainability Standards Could Drive Financial Performance

Conventional wisdom has held that sustainability investments require trade-offs in a company’s financial performance.  This has often been true as long as companies have taken a project-based approach to sustainability, blindly throwing money at renewable energy or waste reduction or carbon-cutting projects with little or no connection to an overall strategy.  These projects, while they […]

iSpring Principal New President of Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network

iSpring Principal Andrea Wittchen has been elected President of the Board of Directors of the newly-incorporated Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network.  The Network is now a nonprofit corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is set to ramp up efforts to connect organizations across the Lehigh Valley and promote sustainability. The Network’s first major project will […]

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