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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sustainability Symposium Highlights Importance of Quality Metrics

What do Greenworks Philadelphia, the North Penn School District, Sustainable Camden County, Xerox, the Healthy Schools Campaign, the Barnes Foundation, Sealed Air, the City of Easton and the Philadelphia Zoo all have in common?  For one thing, they all were presenters at last week’s third annual PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium.  More than 800 regional sustainability advocates […]

Two New Reports Shed Light on Sustainability-Based Innovation and the Future of Sustainability

Earlier this month, two annual reports were released that both address the role sustainability is playing in business.  This year’s report from MIT’s Sloan School of Business and Boston Consulting Group focuses on the emergence of what they call “Sustainability-Driven Innovators,” those companies that profit from their sustainability initiatives by changing their business model.  This […]

Why The Arts Should Care About Sustainability

Even before the recession, arts organizations were dealing with the challenges of rising costs and shrinking budgets.  They were searching for ways to do more with less and plan for a future where the flow of grants and donations is uncertain.  So it should come as no surprise that a number of these organizations have […]

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