Business Performance Improvement (BPI) is committed to sustainability, which can be summarized by the concept of the Triple Bottom Line:
- Profit – Finances
- People – Nonprofits, society and community
- Planet – Environment
When businesses make decisions that maximize all three areas (not just profit), they move towards a business that is rewarding to work at (for employees) and work with (for customers).
As a result, your business is more likely to survive the ups and downs of the economy. It may seem strange, but when you stop focusing on profits and focus on people and the environment, it actually improves your profitability in the long run.
BPI is working on sustainability through four initiatives:
- Solar donations (Planet)
- Environmental Consulting (Planet)
- Nonprofit Consulting (People)
- Sustainable Operations (People/Planet)
BPI is partnering with Everybody Solar, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.
Everybody Solar helps other non-profit U.S. charities go solar by raising money to install solar panels, thus reducing the energy costs for the organization. This allows them to spend their money on achieving their mission, while reducing their impact on the environment. A truly sustainable solution!
BPI donates $200 per month, which equates to 1 solar panel.
Starting in 2017, BPI commits to donate at least 5% of our revenues to Everybody Solar. By working with us, you can help us contribute even more to Everybody Solar, which will allow them to have a bigger impact on other non-profit organizations.
Want to offset your own carbon footprint? Consider donating a solar panel to them, instead of buying carbon credits.
Starting in 2016, we began implementing an internal carbon tax for all airline travel. We calculate the carbon emissions of our flight, and convert it to number of solar panels, and donate that amount to Everybody Solar.
For example, the average solar panel (at a typical cost of $200) produces about 8,000 kWh (or 6.2 metric tons or 12,395 pounds or 5,622 kgs of CO2 over a 25-year lifespan1. If you produce 3 metric tons of carbon (use EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator to determine your impact) , then consider donating $100 towards a solar panel.
Let’s look at an example: My wife and I are taking a vacation. Our flight is overseas, and we calculated the carbon emissions of our flight using TravelMath.com. Select “carbon emissions” from the drop down menu, you calculate the emissions for each flight segment. For our trip, segment 1 was 467 lbs (212 kg) per person, and segment 2 was 1,534 lbs CO2 (696 kg) per person. Round trip for both of us, our carbon footprint for the flight was (467 + 1534) x 2 passengers x 2 (round trip) = 8,000 lbs (3,632 kgs) of CO2 emitted.
When I compare the amount produced by one solar panel (12,395 lbs) vs the impact of our flight (8,000 lbs), it is equivalent to (8000/12395) 65% of a solar panel. Therefore, to offset our trip, I paid for 65% of a solar panel, as a donation to Everybody Solar, or $200 X 65% = $129.
Download this simple Excel calculator tool to determine your recommended offset donation amount.
If you want help with this, just contact us.
Here is the latest offsets we’ve purchased for recent travel:
Apr 2017: Boca Raton (FL) for $50.55…Aug 2017: Seattle for $6.40…Sep 2017: Las Vegas for $14.00…Sep 2017: Minneapolis (MN) for $27.29
You can learn more about our efforts to apply Lean and Six Sigma techniques to environmental problems at our website at LeanSixSigmaEnvironment.org
You can learn more about our support of the efforts to apply Lean and Six Sigma techniques to nonprofits in the Portland (Oregon) metro area at LeanPDX.org. If you live outside Portland, check out LeanSixSigmaforGood.com to see what others are doing, and to learn how to setup your own local group.
In addition to our revenue donation commitment above, we also commit to donate at least 5% of our consulting service and expertise time (pro bono) to nonprofit organizations, which equates to almost 200 hours per year.
BPI does not use many natural resources, but we do have an environmental footprint that we are trying to reduce. In the future, we would like to develop a carbon footprint report. In the meantime, here is the impacts and how we are addressing them.
|Electricity||Charge laptop and smartphones. Heat, cool and light a small office. Charge an electric vehicle battery.||Participating in Blue Sky Renewable Energy program|
|Office Supplies and Paper||Training materials and handouts, hard copy book publishing||Buy paper and supplies used from Goodwill, Scrap, or buy new with recycled content from Postal Annex. Using 100% recycled paper content for book pages.|
|Fuel||Airline flights and train rides to teach classes, and transportation services within training location.||Carbon offset program (see above)|
We also strive to work with local, minority-owned and sustainable suppliers whenever possible.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, or would like a free consultation.
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