By Melanie Stewart
Attaining the TravelSmart goal early was a huge success; if you aren’t a TravelSmartie, I hope you will consider becoming one. Transportation is just one of the six goal areas in the Sustainability Master Plan, but all are important to our mission.
We are excited to release our 2017 Metric Update, an easy-to-read report containing a metric update, explanation, and specific initiatives contributing to those numbers. I hope you’ll take a look at it, but here’s a brief synopsis:
Efforts to reduce emissions have led to a cumulative reduction of 179,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the annual emissions of 19,300 homes.
Cumulative water reduction is 189,600,000 gallons, equivalent to 287 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Waste reduction and recycling efforts have led to 2.1 million pounds of material not going to the landfill since 2012.
We will need to have a high rate of engagement in order to meet our ambitious, updated, goals. In light of that and in order to align the Engagement goal timeline with the other goals, a new goal has been approved:
Achieve a Sustainability Engagement Score of 85 by 2030.
Thank you for helping to reduce energy/emissions, conserve water, reduce/reuse/recycle, and all of the other little things you do that add up! If you want to be more involved, considering becoming a LiveGreen Ambassador.