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Evaluating Life Cycle Assessments for Underground Infrastructure

This document provides an explanation of the transparency standards utilized to develop the Life Cycle Assessment of PVC Water and Sewer Pipe and Comparative Sustainability Analysis of Pipe Materials, including ISO 14040, ISO 14044, and ISO 14025. It is critical to consider the sources and accuracy of data when evaluating environmental impact documentation; use this document for a further understanding of transparency tools and standards.

Life Cycle Assessment of PVC Water and Sewer Pipe and Comparative Sustainability Analysis of Pipe Materials

Intended to assist policy makers and utility professionals in their efforts to improve underground infrastructure, this report is the first comprehensive environmental review of underground piping systems in North America. Based on a 100-year life cycle assessment methodology, the review includes a study of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe conducted according to life cycle assessment (LCA) standards ISO 14040 series.

Financing Our Future:
How Sustainable Investing is Shaping the Face of Business

With institutional investors controlling vast amounts of capital, they have considerable influence over the companies and industries in which they invest. Many of these investors are becoming increasingly concerned with current business strategies and are looking to protect long-term investments in lieu of short-term rewards.

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Empowering Business through Corporate Responsibility

Over the past decade, the landscape of business has changed dramatically. As the global economy expands, consumption and demand are on the rise. Political policies and economic crises have challenged businesses to transform their long-term strategies and identify new and innovative approaches. This white paper examines the growing need to revolutionize business, and the intrinsic value of sustainability as a business strategy.

Strengthening the Links in Your Sustainable Supply Chain

Reducing the environmental impacts associated with products is becoming an increasing focus for manufacturers across all industries. Raw materials are often the largest contributors to the environmental impacts of a product. In this paper, we will look at the difficulties facing these companies and will examine some potential solutions to reducing impacts throughout the supply chain.


Energy Disclosure Legislation:
Burden or Opportunity

With the expansion in energy disclosure legislation world-wide, there is growing confusion around the subject. To date, the United States has not passed nationwide requirements for energy disclosure in buildings, and legislation at the state and local level is fragmented. This white paper provides an understanding of energy disclosure and the ultimate impact of such programs.


Sustainable Product Development:
Critical for Resource Conservation and Product Innovation

Resource consumption continues to rise and many of these resources are becoming scarce. This white paper identifies key issues and poses relevant solutions for a number of these resources, specifically Rare Earth Elements (REEs). Sustainable Product Development is critical - not only for many manufacturers and industries, but for sustaining our economic system.