We lead organizations through a process to develop a Sustainability Master Plan, a Climate Action Plan, and/or a Climate Resiliency Plan that articulates where you are, where you want to go, and how to get there.
Our ability to help large, complicated organizations with unique challenges clarify their path toward a more sustainable, resilient future is what we do best.
Sustainability Master Planning
In developing a sustainability master plan, we are focused on a high level of engagement throughout the organization. There are many key steps in the process.
Identify sustainability successes
We acknowledge and build upon your existing sustainability accomplishments and successes.
Organize and analyze sustainability data
We gather and interpret the information that will inform sustainable decision-making.
Identify and quantify sustainability performance metrics
We identify the most appropriate key sustainability indicators and then collect the necessary information to set baselines for each indicator. Indicators often include energy and water use, greenhouse gas emissions, material waste production and recycling diversion, transportation modal split, employee/student engagement, and other people-focused metrics such as wellbeing and diversity.
Assess organizational sustainability engagement
We survey and listen to stakeholders to discover their sustainability awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. One method we employ is our Sustainability Engagement Score Survey, which allows us to calculate an engagement score and track it over time. This simple online survey will collect information that will tell you how employees/students feel about sustainability, what issues they feel are the highest priority, how often they personally engage in sustainable behaviors, and more.
Establish near- and long-term sustainability performance goals
We help you decide what key indicators are important to track over time, then build consensus around organizational goals that lead toward the vision.
Create and articulate a sustainability or resiliency vision
We lead you through the process of developing an inspired, shared vision for the future.
Identify and prioritize solutions, strategies, and decisions
We integrate our findings with research, experience, and expertise to recommend and prioritize the most appropriate actions for your unique organization.
The end result is a plan that clarifies where you are, where you want to go, and how you’ll get there.
Climate Resiliency Planning
Climate resiliency planning is an emerging practice that forward-thinking organizations are engaging in to ensure their resilience to severe weather and their related impacts. The purpose of a climate resiliency plan is to engage with regional partners to assess strengths and vulnerabilities in terms of projected climate change impacts, and to jointly develop strategies to build resilience to those impacts.
Climate resiliency planning differs from Sustainability Master Planning in a couple of important ways:
- Climate resiliency planning is intra-institutional, meaning that it crosses the boundaries of one university or organization to include partners from the city, county and region.
- Climate resiliency planning is an iterative, process-based undertaking that will necessitate ongoing refinement of strategies through time. It takes place in a dynamic context of changing variables, and has a very wide scope. The stakeholders who come together to participate in the planning process are essential to its outcome.
We will help to assemble a task force to develop a climate resiliency plan that takes into account five dimensions of resilience: Infrastructure, Ecosystem Services, Financial, Social Equity & Governance, and Health & Wellness. The resiliency planning process will:
- Articulate the strengths and vulnerabilities of your community;
- Detail projected climate impacts to your region;
- Identify key measurable indicators pertinent to your region;
- Establish goals to increase resilience;
- Identify strategies needed to achieve those goals.
The climate resiliency planning process will not only improve your ability to respond to our changing climate, but will strengthen relationships that will help your community thrive far into the future.