The Promise of Big Data: Revolutionizing Health Care Sustainability

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For people working to make U.S. health care purchasing more green, it’s not data that’s lacking, it’s discovering the meaningful part. “That’s the big question now: How can we leverage technology in a way that converts data into meaningful information that purchasing managers can use to do their jobs better?” asked JoAnna Abrams, CEO of MindClick, a supply chain sustainability company.

Why the apple vs. orange defense doesn’t cut it on reporting

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

How many times have you heard someone complain, “It’s like comparing apples and oranges”?

The statement is always definitive and implies that the group should move on from an illogical discussion — because everyone knows that an apple can’t be compared to an orange.

But have you ever stopped to ask whether an apple can be compared to an orange?

Of course they can be compared. One is green; the other is orange. Both are round. One can be bitten into, the other requires knife. Both are sweet. One has a core, the other has segments. Both are fruits.

See, I just compared an apple and an orange.

In the field of sustainability reporting, we fall into the apple and orange trap far too easily.

Closing the gap between seeing and doing for corporate supply chains

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“I don’t know” is becoming less plausible for corporate representatives to say when it comes to understanding various supply chain impacts and risks, from deforestation to water, biodiversity and related human rights issues.

The era of tracking and transparency has met the era of (near) real-time Big Data, within a context of corporate supply chains and over-burdened natural systems.

Garbage entrepreneurs are turning food waste into a business

Read the full story from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Part-time waitress, full-time garbage entrepreneur — Melissa Tashjian has carved out a niche helping turn smelly food scraps into a dark, rich medium to grow more fruits and vegetables.

Two years ago, Tashjian started her little business, Compost Crusader LLC, with a small, slow-moving dump truck and a handful of customers.

Today, her client list of restaurants, schools and hospitals stands at 55 and is growing by the week. Her original truck, “Torty,” has been traded in, replaced by two larger garbage trucks.

Center for Corporate Climate Leadership Greenhouse Gas Inventory Guidance

The Center for Corporate Climate Leadership’s Greenhouse Gas Guidance is based on The Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (GHG Protocol) developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Organizations are encouraged to consult the GHG Protocol for foundational guidance on GHG accounting principles, defining inventory boundaries, identifying GHG emission sources, defining and adjusting an inventory base year, and tracking emissions over time.

The Center has developed specific GHG guidance meant to extend upon the GHG Protocol, to align more closely with EPA-specific GHG calculation methodologies and emission factors, and to support the Center’s GHG management tools and its Climate Leadership Awards initiative.

The site includes:

Using sustainability data to enable transformational change

Read the full story from the Global Reporting Initiative.

The sustainability report has been the cornerstone of non-financial disclosure for decades, but this is set to change. The new era of corporate disclosure is going to be digital, responsible and interactive. New and innovative approaches to disclosure are arising, focused on the data in the reporting process rather than the reports themselves.

According to 68% of the audience at the third plenary of the GRI Global Conference, sustainability information is most valued for decision making, over and above benchmarking or marketing purposes. By liberating the data from physical reports, sustainability information can be used in new platforms and by a range of data users – ultimately enabling better business and policy decisions to lead us towards a more sustainable global economy. During the plenary, global leaders in innovation and technology discussed the potential for using sustainability data to enable transformational change.

‘I just can’t be bothered’: why people are greener at home than in the office

Read the full story from The Guardian.

“I know I should be bothered but I just can’t be”, said a colleague recently as they threw some paper towards the bin, “it’s weird really because at home we’re fastidious about recycling and all that … but at work I just don’t bother.” In one sentence highlighting how hard it can be to encourage employees to be as environmentally friendly in the workplace as they are in their own homes.

As an academic interested in employee environmental behaviour I often find myself encouraging colleagues to be more environmentally friendly. However, research confirms that employees act worse at work because they don’t have a financial interest (most don’t even know the energy spend of their organisation), equipment is often shared so there can be a lack of responsibility and employees can’t control many of the elements that could make a difference to energy and resources use, such as heating or lighting.