Presentation on theme: "2011 - 2012 Research by Clay Showalter and Arij Beebe-Sweet Energy Systems and Climate Change, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA."— Presentation transcript:
2011 - 2012 Research by Clay Showalter and Arij Beebe-Sweet Energy Systems and Climate Change, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
H1: Evergreen is sustainable. H2: Evergreen is sustainable to some degree, but needs to improve certain elements to become truly sustainable. H3: Evergreen is not sustainable. Null: There is no way to measure Evergreen’s sustainability.
The capacity to endure. People Planet Profit geo Logic Systems http://geologicsystems.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/a-business-case- for-sustainability-attention-alberta-oil-sands-operations /
All living things are reliant on a healthy ecosystem. All creatures impose a load on their environment’s ability to supply what they need and absorb what they excrete. Carrying capacity is the maximum persistently feasible load for a given creature and way of life.
Technological advances can increase the Earth’s human carrying capacity. Phantom carrying capacity. Each enlargement of human carrying capacity means diverting some of Earth’s life supporting capacity away from other species.
There are several established ways for measuring sustainability Life Cycle Analysis Environmental Sustainability Index Ecological Footprint Analysis Anthropologists Cultural Approach AASHE STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, for Colleges and Universities) Current system used and acknowledged by Evergreen.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) The GRI framework is the most widely used standardized sustainability reporting framework in the world. Developed by NGO’s CERES and Tellus Institute (supported by UNEP) in 1997 Has gone through several revisions as an understanding of the metric has evolved current standard G4 is in practice.
Environmental Human Rights Labor Practices and Decent Work Society Product Responsibility Economic
Materials Energy Water Biodiversity Emmissions, Effluents, and Waste Products and Services
Investment and Procurement Practices Non-discrimination Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining Security Practices Indigenous Rights Assessment/Remediation
Employment Labor/Management Relations Occupational Health and Safety Training and Education Diversity and Equal Opportunity Equal Renumeration for Women and Men
Community engagement Operations impacts on local communities Compliance with laws and regulations
Lifecycle stages of products with health and safety impacts Practices related to customer satisfaction, such as surveys and evaluations
Direct economic value generated and distributed Policy and practices of spending Hiring procedures for administration
Should Faculty and Student commuting practices be included in our GRI?
Critical evaluation of metric (GRI) and its implementation. Global Reporting Initiative Systems Thinking Vision of the Future Question society faces: What impacts are we willing to absorb or endure?