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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Green Performance Strategies Featured on the Cover of Lehigh Valley Business

Green Performance Strategies, the joint venture of iSpring and Compass Point that focuses on sustainability metrics, performance and reporting, is featured on the front page of this week’s Lehigh Valley Business. The article highlights the growing importance of measuring all three capital components of a business–financial, human and natural–and using those metrics to drive performance […]

Trend Watch: Materiality and Sustainability

Materiality is a term that is popping up more often these days in discussions of sustainability, particularly as it relates to reporting.  We thought we’d take a look at the concept of materiality in sustainability this month and see what the implications are for companies that are trying to find better ways to measure and […]

An Introduction to Green Performance Strategies: A Data-Driven Approach to Sustainability

Back in April, we let you in on a little secret–that we were working on a new service offering that we were pretty jazzed about. Well, the big day has come! We’re so excited and pleased to introduce to you our new service offering, Green Performance Strategies (GPS). A business’s long term value is made […]

Trend Watch: Building Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure

It’s no secret that buildings are energy-hungry beasts.  They account for 40% of our total energy use in the U.S., making it pretty obvious that if we want to be serious about energy efficiency, we need to tackle our building stock.  According to the Department of Energy, our building energy consumption was 48% higher in […]

Will Integrated Reporting Drive Sustainability Forward?

Let’s face it.  Reporting is not sexy.  Neither are standards.  If you need to convince yourself of this fact, hold a talk on standards and reporting (and even offer to feed people) and observe just how many people show up.  Yet reporting is often the way that we determine how we’re doing quarter over quarter […]

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