Keep A Scorecard
Getting started in moving towards such positive environmental outcomes requires measurement through basic metrics against baselines for comparisons.
A successful program of sustainability and environmental stewardship will always include the following components:
- Attaining such positive environmental outcomes requires measurement through basic metrics.
- If one is focused on reducing a company’s dependence on ENERGY, the basis metrics are (a) energy used; (b) renewable energy used or bought.
- If one is focused on protecting our WATER RESOURCES, the basic metrics are (a) total water used; (b) water pollution.
- If one is focused on CLEAN AIR, the basic metrics are (a) greenhouse gas emissions; (b) releases of heavy metals and toxic chemicals; and (c) emissions of particulates, VOC’s, Sox, and NOx.
- If one is focused on WASTE MINIMIZATION, the basic metrics are (a) hazardous waste; (b) solid waste; and (c) recycled materials.
- If one if focused on REGULATORY COMPLIANCE and COMPLIANCE DATA, the basic metrics are (a) notices of violations (NOVs); (b) fines or penalties paid; (c) attorneys’ fees for legal assistance pursuant to environmental, health, safety lawsuits; and (d) peripheral costs that come from being on inspectors’ hit-lists and losses to corporate image and credibility, though not easily measured.
These are the goals, strategies and tactics used by Vanguard to orchestrate a top-flight 3EP Program in behalf of its clients. And the outcomes in bottom-line returns can be magnificent! In other words, this is where Vanguard enjoys making its clients look smart!