Sustainability Solutions

“How does a Sr. Manager position his company to become a beneficiary of environmental stewardship?”

  • Know your footprint. Yes, use the nuggets of data mined from the due diligence already executed (when satisfying your EHS compliance) as quantitative and qualitative feedback to measure your carbon footprint. Again, you must know your carbon footprint.
  • Measuring your carbon footprint – sometimes called your ecological footprint – begins with knowing your energy usage, and how you can use that energy more efficiently. In turn, you can take significant measures to reduce your company’s dependence on fossil fuels and other energy sources that increase your carbon footprint.
  • Taking water as one of the top two natural resources for granted – clean air being the other – is no longer an option. We must study the use of water in our companies and reduce our water usage, notwithstanding developing strategies that counteract habits that pollute our water resources. Studying the EPA’s compliance mandates for Industrial Waste-Water Discharge Permitting AND Industrial Storm Water Runoff Permitting will render data that inspires strategies to save corporate money, while protecting and purifying the liquid form of nature’s two most important products…water and air.
  • Biodiversity is a term characterizing the spectrum of plant and animal life around us. Such strategies on biodiversity and land use preserve our food chain and the ecosystems on which all life depends. Enough said! Let’s protect the way we use our land and the soils that make up our planet. Strategies in protecting fundamental resources like water, air and forests are contributory to sustaining life as we know it, the same abundant life we want the grandchildren of our grandchildren to know.
  • Chemical Management is a basic strategy that goes far beyond filing reports to federal, state, county, and local agencies in order to avoid enforcement penalties. Without applying wiser strategies to chemical management there can be no sustainability and environmental stewardship.
  • The study of how our companies pollute air – be it localized or intercontinental – is another fundamental step in reducing health problems suffered by our work forces. After all, America’s greatest resource is America’s workforce! It doesn’t take very long before one realizes the environmental harm done by Industry’s routine industrial processes, plant emissions that thrust toxic and carcinogenic chemicals into the environment. Just think: there are no walls or barriers that keep our polluted air from crossing over state lines or international boundaries. We must prevent those emissions at the source.
  • Managing waste is a heady strategy. The U.S. EPA’s strategy is founded upon the principle of source reduction and waste minimization. Developing strategies and tactics that prevent pollution falls in line with Solomon’s wisdom. Wow! When we get past all the legalese of regulatory compliance laws, there’s a purpose behind every one of them. Finally, please know this: the purpose of regulatory compliance is NOT a Congressional justification for any lawmaker’s job. We’ve truly outgrown such shallow comments, haven’t we?
  • Title VI of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 regulates ozone depleting chemicals. When you set out to measure your carbon footprint, are you monitoring and measuring those Ozone Depleting Chemicals as a byproduct of what your company does every day? Protecting the ozone is very much the action all of us must take to assist with our planet’s balancing act. We can do it – we can help Mother Nature protect us from the repercussions of one worn out, depleted layer of ozone.
  • It is true that two-thirds of our planet is covered by water. When we pollute our oceans, we’re “shooting ourselves in the foot” by making life more adverse. When we protect our oceans, lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, and aquifers, we’re protecting one of the world’s most abundant food sources: fish. So, what is the sustenance of life all about, but water, air, and food?
  • Just as we must protect our oceans, we must also protect our forests. Where does plant and animal life live but in our oceans and forests? A 20-minute surf over the Internet with queries on deforestation and forest protection offers a lifetime of strategies that pay huge dividends for adopting a corporate mission of sustainability and environmental stewardship.” Contact Vanguard today for assistance in developing your company’s program for sustainability and environmental stewardship.