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2016 — The Real Work Begins

Welcome to 2016, the year with the best chance so far of concerted progress towards sustainable improvement in the U.S. and the world! What will it mean for you, your company and your world?  Let’s take a look back at what happened in 2015 and see how that positions us for the new year. There […]

Why the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Is Good for Your Business

“On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA announced the Clean Power Plan – a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change. Shaped by years of unprecedented outreach and public engagement, the final Clean Power Plan is fair, flexible and designed to strengthen the […]

Beyond the Carbon Footprint: What’s Next?

“So we have our first carbon footprint measurement.  What’s next?” Coupled with wanting to know how their company compares with other companies, this is the inevitable question management teams ask when presented with their first carbon footprint number. A carbon footprint is only a baseline, and it is difficult for companies to compare themselves to […]

How Shadow Pricing Can Improve the Outlook for Sustainability Projects

Suppose you have a project that you’d like to undertake that, based on standard cost/benefit analysis, doesn’t quite meet the payback period that your company requires. However, you know that in addition to the easily quantifiable benefits of the project there is one more, less obvious, benefit. The completed project will reduce the company’s carbon […]

Combating Sustainababble and Making Reporting Relevant

These days it seems like there’s constantly a new flavor of the month in the sustainable lexicon.  Weren’t we just talking about transparency?  Then along came materiality, and now it’s all about resilience.  Even the term “sustainability” can seem a little hollow these days, taking on just about whatever meaning the person uttering it wants […]

Visualizing Energy Usage Across Philadelphia

Last week, Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS) announced the release of its Energy Benchmarking Data Visualization Tool, developed in conjunction with local rock-star geospatial analysis firm, Azavea. We at iSpring are particularly excited about this tool because it makes energy data easy to understand, and we love it when organizations use visuals effectively to communicate data. The new […]

Don’t Wait for Trickle-Down Sustainability: How Local Efforts Move the Needle

To misquote Tip O’Neill, all sustainability is local. On October 15, 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its Fifth Assessment Report on the state of the global climate.  The full text is readable here.  This was by far the most comprehensive and scientifically detailed of all its work done to date. In it, […]

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 […]

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