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December 2013 Newsletter

Reflecting on 2013

As 2013 winds to a close, we reflect on the rewarding year we have had; but more importantly, we also look toward the future. As trusted advisors, SSC has contributed to the successes of numerous clients across a wide range of industries. Integrating sustainable initiatives into their strategic business plans has delivered bottom-line results and created responsible growth. We thank each one of our valued clients and look forward to continued successes.

Changing Markets Reveal a Focus on Sustainability

SSC provides solutions for organizations in varying industries, but the building products industry and green building markets have seen substantial changes in 2013. Culminating at the Greenbuild 2013 International Conference and Expo that took place November 20-22 in Philadelphia, there is a resounding movement in the green building industry; and that movement is transparency. With the release of the new LEED v4 green building rating system and the rise in Health Product Declarations (HPDs), material disclosure and transparency are quickly becoming the industry standard. In June, after three years of development, the newest version of the LEED rating system was approved by 86% of USGBC voting members. This new rating system has several credit changes directed at advancing product and material transparency.

Three new credits that promote transparency in products and the supply chain were added under Building Product Disclosure and Optimization. The first credit awards points for selecting products with Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). This credit aims to increase disclosure of a product's life cycle impacts and to incentivize selecting products that have been improved to reduce these impacts. The other two credits focus on product material disclosure and optimization. Titled Sourcing of Raw Materials and Material Ingredient Reporting, these credits focus on supply chain impacts, human health, and further transparency.

As a result of these credits, manufacturers are being called upon to disclose more information about their products. Consequently, Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs), Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), and Health Product Declarations (HPDs) are a rising focus in the sustainability marketplace. The changes seen in the green building industry are fueling advancement and innovation that should be viewed as an example for other industries.

Summarizing Successes – Realizing the ROI of Sustainability

Each of our three business units are designed to provide specific value to our clients. Quantifying this value through environmental impact and cost reductions demonstrates that Corporate Responsibility truly supports a successful business strategy. Below, we highlight some of the major successes of our work throughout the year.

Corporate Sustainability

  • Identified and recommended operational improvements that would collectively deliver over $900,000 in savings annually while reducing waste, energy and materials, as well as water consumption in particular by 6 million gallons.

Training

  • Provided approximately 2,000 Sustainability Training and Education hours to clients and the public to support corporate responsibility programs, empower sustainable sales teams, and demonstrate the business value of sustainability.
  • Published 5 whitepapers on current industry topics.

Sustainable Buildings and Operations

  • Benchmarked more than 50 buildings in ENERGY STAR.
  • In the process of pursuing LEED Certification for 2,000+ multi-family residential units along Gold Coast of New Jersey which is largely being paid for through NJ P4P incentives.

Relevant Resources – Visit our Webinar/Video Archives

As part of our commitment to advancing sustainability and our belief that education is the first step to creating positive change, SSC released an offering of educational videos and webinars in 2013. These videos and webinar recordings are available online for on-demand viewing and can be found here.

Looking Forward

Part of our philosophy at SSC is to always be forward-thinking. Planning for the future is a core concept in sustainability that fosters risk management and advanced business practices. In that regard, we look to 2014 and beyond with an anticipation of market shifts and a significant growth in sustainable businesses. To help our clients and others in the industry prepare for future changes, we will continue to release educational materials and to provide world-class services. To better position your organization, see our upcoming webinars and events that will provide the insight and actionable steps needed to advance your company through Corporate Responsibility.

Strengthen Your Business Plan with this Action-Oriented Corporate Responsibility Seminar!

Corporate Responsibility Revolution: Strategy to Success
Date: May 7, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: The Hub Cira Centre: 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tad Radzinski, recognized expert in Corporate Responsibility, will lead an interactive full-day seminar, which will provide a roadmap to develop and implement an effective Corporate Responsibility plan that supports a successful business strategy. You and other forward-thinking participants will walk away with actionable information and practical strategies to advance your own sustainability goals through responsible business practices.

Whether you are just entering the field, developing a Corporate Responsibility program for your organization, or looking to strengthen your existing business strategy, this tactical seminar will provide you with the insight needed to meet your goals. Utilizing years of applied experience, Tad employs a full circle approach that can be tailored to any business or organization. This hands-on seminar includes action-oriented workshops with Tad, the Sustainable Solutions Corporation (SSC) and GreenCircle Certified, LLC (GCC) Teams, and fellow attendees. The interactive environment allows for collaborative problem solving that helps you reach your specific objectives and benefit from the collective wisdom of the group.

For more information on this seminar, click here.

December Webinar Offers No-cost Information on Materiality

Materiality – Prioritizing Sustainability in Your Strategic Business Plan

In today’s changing economy, there are many forces and inputs that contribute to the success or failure of an organization. Corporate Responsibility principles embody a forward-thinking approach that considers all relevant factors to develop a successful business strategy. Materiality is defined by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as “those topics that have a direct or indirect impact on an organization’s ability to create, preserve or erode economic, environmental and social value for itself, its stakeholders and society at large”. As our world continues to change around us and new risks and opportunities abound, it is imperative that companies identify the resources that are essential to the sustainability of their operations.

Tad Radzinski utilizes over 30 years of applied experience in Corporate Responsibility to provide insight and guidance on leveraging sustainability to support effective long-term strategies. This presentation is supplemental to Tad’s December video blog series covering Materiality, which will be released in the weeks leading up to the presentation. The two-part video series addresses:

  1. Identifying How Corporate Responsibility Fits Your Organization – Determining what is essential and how Corporate Responsibility will address risks and opportunities for the future viability of your organization.
  2. Creating Sustainability Goals that Supplement Your Business Strategy – Developing targets that will reduce costs, create value, and ensure your continued role in the global marketplace.

This webinar provides the opportunity to go deeper into these video topics, discuss material concerns often overlooked, and have your questions answered by an industry expert.

Watch the Webinar here.

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