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What is Sustainability?

by Doug

The definition of sustainability is a hotly debated on, and we weigh in on what sustainability actually is, according to our clients.

Regardless of whether you think sustainability is just a fad, or a buzzword, or the real deal, it's a word that's frequently thrown around. Unfortunately, many folks can't put their finger on what it really means to them, their organization, or the planet.

Sustainability is a word we've all heard. And, a lot of people, from clients to friends to even family members have asked me at one point or another, what's it all about? What's it mean? What's it involve? Is it just a fad?

People just want to know what is sustainability?

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Topics: Sustainability

What is Sustainable Supply Chain Management?

by Doug

We explain what sustainable supply chain management is, and what it means to your business and customers.

Simply claiming your operation is 'sustainable' or 'green' isn't enough anymore. Your clients, customers, and even your staff members, want to actually know how you are sustainable.

Last month I was at a conference and a fellow attendee who was familiar with our various lines of work stopped us to chat for a little bit. He had just received a form from one of their customers which he wasn't sure what to make of.

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Topics: Sustainability, Sustainable Supply Chain Management

What is the concrete Responsible Sourcing Scheme (RSS)?

by Doug

We cover some of the basics about the new concrete responsible sourcing scheme.

We've been working heavily with some savvy concrete producers lately who are actively pursuing becoming more environmentally friendly and sustainable companies. Aside from the obvious PR boost, these top producers are seeing a very real ROI by embracing sustainable practices, implementing solid, 3rd party verifiable environmental management systems, and not screwing around with basic environmental compliance issues. They're getting better, higher paying jobs, working for very well-known publicly recognizable companies, making good money, and buying up competitors left and right.

And now, there's a new game in town to help them even more. Enter the concrete responsible sourcing scheme, or the concrete RSS.

Let's get into some questions these producers have been asking us, and try to explain what it is.

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Topics: Sustainability, Sustainable Certifications

What is ISO 14046 Water Footprint Evaluation?

by Doug

There's one constant on this planet: everyone, and everything needs water. We discuss the recent ISO 14046 standards which help organizations across the planet identify and define their water footprint.

There's one thing we're pretty passionate about here at RMA - water. Over the years, we've done a lot of work with facilities trying to get a handle on their water situation, including stormwater permits, water management issues, and overall water usage. We find many companies now-a-days are trying their hardest to prove their operation is 'green' in any way they can. For some, this means taking a step back and looking at their "water footprint". What do I mean by that?

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Topics: Sustainability

Where should I start with sustainability?

by Doug

Often vague and plagued with meaningless buzzwords, the concept of sustainability can be confusing to those unsure where to start. Here we discuss a simple way to introduce yourself to what it means to be sustainable, and how you can relate it back to your organization.

We do a good amount of work across the country, and when we're working with clients on 'going green', they always seem to have some reservations. Invariably, they always end up asking:

“How do we get started with sustainability?”

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Topics: Sustainability

What good is a general industry-average EPD (Environmental Product Declaration)?

by Doug

Depending on how forward thinking your industry, trade association, or other group representing you and your business is, you might have the option to join into a industry-average EPD. For some, this is a home run, for others, it might hurt them. We discuss the pros and cons of an industry-average EPD, and who can be impacted by it.

When we’re working with clients on a program of sustainable practices for their businesses, we often get around to recommending they consider Environmental Product Declarations for their products. Sometimes the response we get in return is “we’re not going to get our own, we’re going to use the general industry-average created by X” (where X represents a trade group, manufacturers consortium, you name it).

Understanding what a general industry-average EPD is can be pretty important, because they are becoming more and more requested by customers and others, and you stand to either benefit or suffer from using one. The reasons why aren’t that hard to figure out, but can be pretty important to your business in the long run. 

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Topics: Sustainability, Sustainable Certifications

How Can I Become More Sustainable - The Best 5 Steps to Take

by Doug

Everyone makes New Year's resolutions. You might want to drop a few pounds this year, but have you thought of resolutions for your business?

You should be. Look beyond increasing revenue, and focus on your triple bottom line. People, Planet, Profit. Becoming more sustainable should be a goal for this year for your operation... You may think sustainability is a pipe dream, and out of reach of most, but the truth is, it's not.

The biggest problem with becoming more sustainable is many don't know where to even begin.

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Topics: Sustainability, Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Sustainability Reporting, Sustainable Certifications, Sustainability Training