Sustainability Plan

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Writing a Sustainability Plan
A Sustainability Plan can take many forms. Depending on the size, type and capacity of your organization, your Sustainability Plan could be a two-page document that focuses on a long-term vision and broad goals, or a one hundred-page document that outlines specific targets, quantitative indicators and a detailed timeline. What is important is that your organization takes the first step to holistically managing the impacts – both positive and negative – that your organization has on the environment, community and economy. STEP ONE – DEVELOP A VISION The first step in sustainability planning is to envision what your organization could be like in ten, twenty or fifty years. How would it enhance the community? How would it contribute to the local economy? How could it be a good environmental steward? Creating a vision of your ideal organization will help guide you on your path to a sustainable future. STEP TWO – EVALUATE CURRENT IMPACT Once you have envisioned the future of your organization, you must then determine how your current operations match up with your vision. Evaluating the level and significance of your current impacts will allow you to properly focus your efforts. STEP THREE – SET GOALS & TARGETS Using your vision and current impacts as a guide, determine what longterm goals you have for your organization. Then use these goals to determine what interim-targets you need to set to send you towards your goal. STEP FOUR – PLAN & ACT Now that you have your goals and targets, it’s time to determine what specific actions will get you there. Break it down to specific activities, practices or policies and then make sure someone is responsible for each item. Over time these small steps will help your organization achieve its long-term vision.

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Table of Contents 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 Vision Activities and Impacts Sustainability Goals & Targets Planned Actions, Timeline, Responsibilities and Measures

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Vision
At __________ we believe that a sustainable business is dependent on economic vitality, social equity and a healthy natural environment. We do not see these goals as mutually exclusive, but inextricably linked. As business leaders we are committed to develop sustainable business practices that meet the needs of the present without compromising the welfare of future generations. We pledge to develop strategies that enable us to move toward sustainability while enhancing the value offered to our customers.

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Activities and Impacts
Activities Impacts (Negative and Positive) Consumption of fossil fuels; climate change; Diminish air quality; Use or non-renewable resources; Supporting Environmentally Preferable product markets; Consumption of fossil fuels; climate change; Diminish air quality; Diminished public health; Expansion of new renewable electricity sources in OR; Diminish air quality; Climate change; Supporting mass transit and sustainable transport systems Consumption of aquifer reserves (summer); Contribution to combined sewer overflow; Consumption of natural resources; Use and release of toxic substances; Consumption of fossil fuels; Climate change; Consumption of landfill space; Consumption of fossil fuels; Conservation of natural resources; Reduced use and release of toxic substances; Reduced contribution to climate change; Conservation of landfill space; Significance* (S) (C) Total 3 4 12

Purchasing Office supplies Professional service contracts Electronics Energy Use Electricity and Natural Gas use Green power use Travel (vehicle and air) Daily meetings Conferences and workshops Water Use Bathroom & Kitchen Waste Generation Office activities Events Publications & Reports Recycling Office paper & supplies

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