Business, Climate change, Community, Ecological footprint, Energy, Otago, Recycling & Waste, Social entreprise, Transport, Upper Clutha, Wanaka, Water

Measuring progress towards Sustainability

There are many tools to measure a company’s progress towards sustainability. We recommand and use the Future-Fit Business Benchmark® because it clearly and comprehensively defines when and how an activity or business will be sustainable.

Developed from The Natural Step principles and science, this audit measures the company’s state in regards of 21 future-fit goals to measure its progress towards 100% sustainability. It covers: Energy, water, procurement and supply chain, operations, products and customers, employees, community and governance.

A future-fit® business adds value to all stakeholders and in no way undermines – and ideally increases – the possibility that humans and other life will flourish on Earth forever.

Trained and experienced, we offer to help you begin to measure your sustainability position and pathway with the Future-Fit Business Benchmark®.

Future Fit Business Benchmark Sustainability Performance

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Agriculture & gardening, Business, Climate change, Ecological footprint, Energy, Household / individual, Transport

New Zealand’s carbon crisis

Per capita NZ GHG emissionsAlthough a small contributor to the global greenhouse effect (0.2%), New Zealand’s emissions of greenhouse gases per capita (17,2 tons) places us in the top countries, nearly twice as bad as the UK! To prevent catastrophic climate change, we *should* emit less than one ton per person and per year.

It’s a huge responsibility and also a huge opportunity.

Half of New Zealand’s emissions of greenhouse gases depends on how we choose to use our land. Originally covered by forests by 80% only 30% is left today with more than 50% used as farmland. So trees today only manage to absorb about 30% of CO2 emissions. A lot of farmland is used for ruminants who belch out methane, a gas 25 times more powerful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. Something will have to be done there.

 

Footprint_tagsThe 86% of us who live in urban settings contribute to the other half of emissions of greenhouse gases. A third of energy production is from non-renewable sources and we use too much energy anyway because of our poorly insulated homes. Also we consume a lot and making things creates lots of CO2, as well as waste and pollution. We also drive in cars too much and our air travel increase is a worrying trend. One return flight to Europe adds 10 tons per capita and per passenger…

These are things we can work on. We can choose better energy, save it and improve our homes. We can be thoughtful when we buy things and when we hop in our cars.

We’ll help you figure out what is easily done, what will make a big difference in your case, how much it will cost you and save over time.  We’ll help you feel good about yourself and how you tackle your responsibility towards future generations and the Earth.

Source: Carbon Neutral by 2020: How New Zealanders can tackle climate change. Edited by Niki Harre and Quentin D. Atkinson. Nelson: Craig Potton, 2007.

 

Business, Ecological footprint, Energy, Wanaka

Guiding business nearing the top of Mount Sustainability

2015-10-28_2133My friend Iris has always been caring for the environment she loves. Her mountain guiding business embeds that in many ways. When she heard I was looking for a project to implement sustainability in a real situation as part of my studies, she took the opportunity to formalize this feature.

Following the Natural Step framework, we were able to identify many assets and find potential for progress. The initial result was a sustainability statement published in November 2011 and the longer term outcome is that the house and lodge is now energy self-sufficient. Well done!

Closer to the top!

Community group, Ecological footprint, Education, Energy, Housing, Recycling & Waste, Wanaka, Water

Yellow Blue Park

Yellow Blue Park is a project that combines a campground, a campus and community participation to optimize the use of space and facilities. Developed between 2011 and 2013 in Wanaka, it is on hold due to the campus part discontinuation. YBP

Click here for the Slideshow that present the project, the Website, the Facebook Page, and a Presentation Page.