As companies start sustainability initiatives, how will they know they are successful? One of the ways is to develop a metrics plan to measure the improvement. The complexity comes in what data do you track and measure. Data is not always available and/or time consuming to collect, track and maintain for limited staff resources.
Here are some options to consider in three of the more common areas for companies:
- % of total KWH energy reductions (via utility bill)
- # of energy star equipment or appliances purchased or used
Purchasing and Supply Chain
- % of recycled or post-consumer waste products purchased
- % of local based products or vendors used
- % of revenue of total purchases used with sustainable vendors
- # of vendors who ‘sustainable’
- # of bus passes (used and/or purchased)
- # of miles driven to and from work for all staff
- % of products purchased within (# of miles) of company location
- # of employees who use alternative transportation (days per year)
For more information, the International Sustainability Indicators is an organization that provides information to measure progress toward sustainability for communities and companies.