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Sustainability Notes

Sustainability means conducting activities smartly and efficiently in ways that are economic, renewable and repeatable. Sustainable development considers the impact of business on ecological, social, and economic systems and strives to maintain balance and integration of these systems.

Corporate Sustainability (the Triple Bottom Line)

The concept of a "Triple Bottom Line" is one in which an organization places equal importance on the social, environmental, and economic impacts of its business practices.

  • Ecological - Planet. Through resource conservation, reduced use of toxic chemicals, and other simple yet effective sustainability strategies, we can help protect the planet for future generations.
  • Social - People. Sustainable business practices create healthier environments for our employees and the community at large.
  • Economic - Profit. Energy efficiency and water efficiency strategies reduce operating costs, which saves our customers money. Perhaps even more importantly, improved indoor environmental quality in our buildings helps our employees to be healthier and more productive, resulting in greater return on our investments.

Balancing Priorities

Common model: The triple bottom line accounting recognizes environmental goods as natural capital. The three components work together to support sustainable operations. The Three Pillars of Sustainability:

  1. Economy
  2. Environment
  3. Society
This strategy commits a company to integrating sustainability into the day-to-day operations by routinely considering the following principles in decisions and actions, as appropriate:
  1. Conserve, protect, restore, and improve the supply and quality of natural resources and environmental media (energy, water, materials, ecosystems, land, and air) over the long term;
  2. Align and integrate programs, tools, incentives, and indicators to achieve as many positive outcomes as possible in environmental, economic, and social systems; and,
  3. Consider the full life cycles of multiple natural resources, processes, and pollutants in order to prevent pollution, reduce waste, and create a sustainable future.

Source: EPA, Various

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