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Measuring & Reporting

Assess your organizational sustainability using performance indicators to measure your current sustainability activities (or lack thereof!) and to set goals and targets for future achievement. Once you've done this work, reporting on performance is a key to building stakeholder buy-in and support for your goals and ongoing achievements.

Key Performance Indicators
Utilize key performance indicators (KPIs) to identify the state of sustainability within your organization, and act as a baseline towards future improvements.

What Are EcoDistricts?
An EcoDistrict is a small-scale area such as a neighborhood or a district with a community commitment to achieving sustainability.

Sustainability Assessment for Schools
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has developed a framework for assessing and benchmarking the sustainability performance in multiple institutions, using a tool called SHEAF, which is an acronym for Sustainability in Higher Education Assessment Framework.

Global Reporting Initiative
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a network-based organization that has pioneered the development of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework and is committed to its continuous improvement and application worldwide. In order to ensure the highest degree of technical quality, credibility, and relevance, the reporting framework is developed through a consensus-seeking process with participants drawn globally from business, civil society, labor, and professional institutions. This framework sets out the principles and indicators that organizations can use to measure and report their economic, environmental, and social performance, and is available on this useful site.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Protocol for Business
The GHG Protocol Corporate Standard provides standards and guidance for companies and other organizations preparing a GHG emissions inventory. Using the standard helps reduce the cost of compiling a GHG inventory, and provide a consistent and transparent account of inventories.

Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments
The Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments, published by the EPA, is designed to assist local governments in identifying and removing permitting barriers to sustainable design and green building practices.

It provides a resource for communities interested in conducting their own internal evaluation of how local codes/ordinances either facilitate or impede a sustainable built environment, including the design, construction, renovation, and operation and maintenance of a green building policy.

Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability
The Ceres Roadmap to Sustainability is a guideline for incorporating over 20 key strategies into your business, along with examples of best practices from over 200 companies.

What is Greenbuild?
Hosted by the US Green Building Council, the annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo boasts over 1,000 exhibitors and the largest gathering of over 25,000 architects, engineers, developers, contractors and building owners and operators involved in the greening of the built environment in the world.

5 Steps to Environmentally Preferable Procurement
Buying and using environmentally preferable products (EPPs) has become an integral part of public procurement in recent years because it has become clear that this practice benefits the environment, improves efficiency and, often saves money.

The 3 Rs Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Every year, Americans throw away 50 billion food and drink cans, 27 billion glass bottles and jars, and 65 million plastic and metal jar and can covers. More than 30% of our waste is packaging materials. Where does it all go? Some 85% of our garbage is sent to a dump, or landfill, although we are quickly running out of space. We've all heard of...

WaterSense: Saving Water Made Easy
WaterSense is a voluntary program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that develops water efficiency specifications, partners with product manufacturers to create products that meet the specifications and then promotes those products to consumers.

Sustainability Websites To Watch
From the hottest environmental news to step-by-step guides, check out these reliable websites that outline a vision toward a sustainable future.

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