How Do You Measure Up?
• Environmentally Sustainable: This is what most folks think about when they think “sustainable.” It includes recycling, reusing resources and reducing the amount of a resource used (such as paper). A measurement of environmentally sustainable practices for a business would be, does it harm the natural balance of a resource?
• Socially Sustainable: Simply put, is it good for people and society? The measurement here could relate to a sustainable practice that employs workers at living wage standard or provides healthcare, etc.
• Economically Sustainable: Is the sustainable practice economically feasible?
I’m going to do a series of blogs on each of these three aspects of being sustainable and how they relate to, and can be put into practice in, a printing operation.
Tom recently ventured out on his own and is now president of TNT Sustainable Business Solutions, a consulting firm that promotes and provides services for creating sustainable business practices, measuring and improving print shop effectiveness, and sustainability marketing. He is currently enrolled in the University of Colorado's Professional Studies program and is working towards earning certification in Sustainability Management.