The Secret Step to Effective Carbon Management (that you're probably missing)

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When it comes to managing your company's carbon emissions, it can be difficult to know where to start. Should you send out an email reminding employees to turn off their computers each night? Start researching the more than 80 different carbon accounting software options? Gather your executive team around the board room table to talk about 5-year goals? Hire a consultant? Set aside three days to read through the international standards for carbon accounting and reporting?

If you're not careful, you can end up spinning your wheels and getting nowhere fast. 

To help you avoid that ignoble end, we've put together a blog series that outlines our 6-step process for helping clients develop a carbon management program. While the level of time and effort required for each step will depend on the size of your organization and your industry, all organizations should follow basically the same path. 

#1. Clarify your goals.

This is the very first thing you need to do, and often the most-overlooked. Being crystal clear on your goals for emissions management allows you to:

  • Be a more effective internal salesman. When you need to convince your executive team to provide additional support (in terms of budget or simply more of their attention and encouragement), it will be essential to have a compelling "pitch". 
  • Choose the appropriate team. Carbon management will require support from facilities management, purchasing, finance, communications, and human resources. Knowing the scope and shape of your goals will help you decide who needs to be on your carbon management team. 
  • Designate a carbon leader. Carbon management is a interdisciplinary effort, and you'll need to choose someone to navigate the intra-office politics, collect and vet the data, draft and edit communications, and prioritize competing initiatives. Seniority is not important (although it can be helpful) -- the key is that you need to choose someone with excellent interpersonal skills and a special affinity for juggling multiple projects at the same time.
  • Stay focused. Later on in the process, when you have to make tough decisions about which eco-initiative to prioritize, you will find it invaluable to be able to compare projects against your program goals. 

On Tuesday, 4/23, we'll talk about the next step in our process. In the meantime, take advantage of our special April offer!

We're offering a free 1-hour phone call for companies seeking to develop a climate change strategy. It's only for the first five companies that contact us, so if your organization would like some complimentary assistance in your process, email us today

Earth Day Giveaway Winner Announced!

We would like to take a minute to pause and thank our sustainability readers!  You are simply fabulous and we loved celebrating earth month this year with you during our giveaway contest

In celebration of Earth Month we offered our sustainability readers the opportunity to win an energy-savings Nest Thermostat, valued at $250.  Readers who had downloaded one of our many free resources, available through the Strategic Sustainability Consulting website, then posted their thoughts on our Facebook wall with the title or link of the publication they commented on.  The feedback has been great, and we can’t thank you enough for participating.  Please continue to send us your comments … they are invaluable to the work we are doing!  Here are some of our favorite Facebook posts:

A special thanks to Michele Hallahan, Arturo Pelayo Aréchiga, and Monica Pelayo for their burst of last minute enthusiasm yesterday! 

And now we are happy to announce that our winner has been randomly selected and is … drum roll please!Ryan Van Patten!  Thank you for participating Ryan, our team will be in touch with you to ship out your new Nest Thermostat!

Thanks again to all of our sustainability readers!  You can have an impact on our continued work by providing your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas. We carefully track your feedback, so please continue to tell us what you think!   

Nest Giveaway in Celebration of Earth … Month!

Earth Day is like Christmas to SSC. You know—the BIG one. While we won’t be sneaking down your chimney any time soon (and certainly not dressed in a Santa suit!), we are in the gift-giving mood. And we don’t just celebrate on April 22nd – we’ll be celebrating the whole month!

In celebration of Earth Month SSC is offering our sustainability readers the opportunity to win a Nest Thermostat, valued at $250.  Jennifer Woofter loves her energy-savings Nest and wants to offer you the chance to have one too!  Haven’t heard of a Nest Thermometer?  Allow us to introduce you!

Playing in our Earth Day Giveaway is easy and fun.  All you have to do is let us know what you thought about one of our many free resources available through the Strategic Sustainability Consulting website. 

Post your thoughts on our Facebook wall with the title or link of the publication you commented on, just those two simple steps and you can consider yourself automatically submitted into our online raffle!  (Thoughtful comments that tell us you read the publication are the only ones we will count, just a few random descriptors isn’t really the level of feedback we are hoping for!)  The raffle is open until 12pm on April 30th where one winner will be randomly selected, but you can get posting now! 

Click to learn more about the Earth Day Giveaway.