STRATEGIC SUSTAINABILITY SOLUTIONS
Drawing on our more than 30 years of experience promoting sustainability in the built environment, Southface helps companies, nonprofits, schools and other organizations integrate strategic environmental sustainability initiatives into their workplaces and operations. Southface can do everything from a basic analysis of your workplace to complex, long-term sustainability plans. Our sustainability services include:
Carbon Footprint Analysis
A carbon footprint analysis, also known as a greenhouse gas inventory, measures an organization’s greenhouse gas emissions. Employing the most widely used carbon accounting tool, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Southface can conduct a greenhouse gas inventory for your whole organization or for just one specific operation within it. The inventory process examines building utility use, business travel and employee commuting, among other areas. Southface also helps you to identify opportunities for reducing emissions and setting emission reduction goals.
Southface can perform individual building assessments as needed to provide building owners with cost-effective building management solutions. For more detailed information about our building assessments, please refer to the Building Assessments page.
A transportation analysis is an assessment of the environmental impact of your organization’s transportation practices. In a transportation analysis, Southface investigates transportation trends, measures greenhouse gas emissions associated with your travel, and makes recommendations for new policies to reduce your organization’s transportation impacts.
A procurement analysis reviews your organization’s purchasing habits and identifies opportunities to increase the sustainability of your operations by reducing consumption, and purchasing environmentally preferred products. Southface identifies environmentally preferred products in the following areas:
- Office supplies and other ongoing consumables
- Durable Goods (electronics, appliances, and other equipment)
- Green cleaning supplies
- Food and beverages
Waste Management Analysis
In a waste management analysis, Southface surveys your facilities personnel to determine how your organization creates and disposes of its waste, and identify opportunities to divert material from landfills through source reduction, reuse, recycling and composting.
Sustainable Policy Development
Southface works with organizations and communities to develop internal and outward-looking policies for implementing sustainable practices. Southface can help your organization or community to write completely new sustainability policies, or we can make recommendations for amending your existing policies. Sustainability policies we have helped develop include:
- Energy and water management policies
- Transportation and land use policies
- Green cleaning and procurement policies
- Waste management policies
- Green meetings and events policies
- Stormwater, wastewater and drinking water management policies
- Sustainable building policies
- Sustainable affordable housing policies
Strategic Sustainability Plan Development
In addition to the specific analyses listed above, Southface can work with your organization to develop a comprehensive Sustainability Strategic Plan. Many groups want to integrate sustainable practices into their ongoing operations, but need strategic advice on how to do so within their organizational structure. Developing a sustainability plan is an in-depth process, one that Southface works hand-in-hand with you to facilitate. Your Sustainability Strategic Plan includes benchmarking, goal-setting, and strategic planning in these categories:
- Carbon footprint analysis
- Transportation analysis
- Building energy optimization
- Indoor and outdoor water efficiency
- Waste management
View the Southface Approach on how we develop Sustainability Strategic Plans.
Looking for a service but didn’t find it? Southface can provide many kinds of assistance to address your sustainability requirements, so please call us if you need a custom program or solution.