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“ If you don ’ t believe that sustainability matters , ask your customers . Ask your employees . Ask your kids , neighbors , or others in the community . Do you really want anyone in these groups to see your company as part of the problem or part of the solution ?”
sources . The demand for heat pumps is through the roof as organizations like Rewiring America gain traction in spreading the word about electrifying everything .
CLDA Mag : Let ’ s suppose you ’ ve raised the importance of these issues with someone reading this article and they want to take the first steps . Where should they start ?
STOCKMAN : Sustainability is largely about energy use and waste . First , take stock of your situation in terms of facilities , vehicles , and processes . Look for opportunities to reduce energy use or switch to lower carbon alternatives . Consider your production and treatment of waste . For example , if you deliver furniture that comes in large cardboard packaging , can you start separating plastics and finding recycling options for the rest of the packaging ? Sometimes a little extra effort can redirect a big flow of waste . For your facilities , see if there are local or state agencies that can help you do an energy audit . Consider hiring a firm that specializes in this . Companies like Apollo Energies will identify and certify tax credits and incentives that are available to companies to help them make carbon-reducing improvements or receive tax breaks for installing them .
Finally , remember that you can ’ t manage what you can ’ t measure . Think about signing up with a carbon footprint management platform like Greenfeet that has calculators for most types of emissions , including remote workers and business travel , to help you do just that . There are lots of other tools like that to get you started .
CLDA Mag : Leave us with some parting thoughts about these issues .
STOCKMAN : Sustainability is part of a broader shift in the way businesses are being evaluated by customers , investors , employees , and regulators . ESG is what they value . Sustainability is the E in ESG . There ’ s also the S ( social ) and the G ( governance ).
As more attention is shifted toward the impact of everything we do on our environment and on our society , it will be increasingly important to understand each company ’ s ESG score . That includes the social and governance factors . Do you have policies in place around how your company is run ( governance )? What is your impact on your community ( social )? Do you have a code of ethics ? A policy about diversity , equity , and inclusion ? Do you make it clear where you stand on workplace harassment ?
Every company , no matter their size , needs to be thinking about the impact of their actions . They need to look for ways to maximize their positive effect on their communities and minimize their negative impact on the environment . That ’ s important to all of us . Today and tomorrow . CLDA
“ If you don ’ t believe that sustainability matters , ask your customers . Ask your employees . Ask your kids , neighbors , or others in the community . Do you really want anyone in these groups to see your company as part of the problem or part of the solution ?”
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