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Resource A: Cover Letter and Employee Questionnaire

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This sample cover letter and questionnaire are available on our Web site, www.streetsmartsustainability.com, translated into many languages. If you speak a language for which we don’t have a translation, please translate these items for us and we will post them on our Web site and acknowledge your input.

Dear Valued Employee:

Our concern for sustainability, the environment, and social responsibility is one of the highest priorities of this company. As another step in making continuous improvement toward excellent sustainable practices, we are about to have a comprehensive sustainability audit performed.

A key part of the sustainability audit will be a confidential survey of the employees. You can respond to the survey questionnaire online or by mail. You have the option to fill out the questionnaire anonymously. What is important to us is to learn what you feel are the company’s strengths and weaknesses in fulfilling its environmental and socially responsible commitments and what you feel are steps we could take to improve this company.

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Resource C: Summary of ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

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What follows are the section names and descriptions of the criteria within the global standards for environmental management systems.

1. Environmental Policy—Develop a policy statement of the organization’s commitment to the environment.

2. Environmental Aspects and Impacts—Identify the environmental aspects of products, activities, and services and their effects on the environment.

3. Legal and Other Requirements—Identify and ensure compliance with pertinent laws and regulations.

4. Objectives and Targets and Environmental Management Program—Set environmental goals for the enterprise and plan actions to achieve the objectives and targets.

5. Structure and Responsibility—Assign environmental roles and responsibilities within the organization.

6. Training, Awareness, and Competence—Make sure that employees are aware and capable of carrying out their environmental responsibilities.

7. Communication—Develop processes for internally and externally communicating environmental management issues.

8. EMS Documentation—Maintain information about the environmental management system and related documents.

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5 Design Making It Sustainable from the Start

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The best way to get green is to design green. Every company or enterprise is constantly involved in design. Organizations design innovative products and services and innovative ways to make existing products and to perform existing and new tasks. So green design is a common entry point for companies seeking to become sustainable. This chapter provides guidance on sustainable green design of products and services.

It turns out that proactive green design is much more cost-effective than reactive solutions to environmental challenges. The design Rule of Tens states that if it costs $10 to come up with design criteria, it costs $100 for the actual design, $1,000 for the prototype, $10,000 for the preproduction run, $100,000 to produce the product, and $1 million to recall it after a flaw is discovered that could have been addressed in the $10 design phase.

In chapter 4 we discussed the life cycle analysis. The first rule in sustainable design is to review all of the LCA categories. To design a more sustainable product, ask and answer the question, “What improvements can be designed into the product in the preproduction, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, use, and disposal phases as a function of inputs of energy, water, and material, and outputs of emissions to air, releases to water and solid waste, and impacts on human health and ecology?” If you completed an LCA matrix (see resource E), the boxes that are highlighted in red represent the greatest environmental impact. These are the areas to focus on in your green design efforts for the next product iteration.

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Resource F: Energy Source Calculator

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