“The recognition of the False is already the arising of the real”
Buildings in the United States:
Consume 40% of our Primary Energy
Consume 72% of our Electricity
Emit 39% of total C02
Consume 13.9% of Potable Water
Consume 25% of Virgin Wood
Consume 40% of Raw Stone, Sand & Gravel
Source: Environmental Information Administration (2011), EIA Annual Energy Outlook US Geological Survey (2008) 2008 Data.
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”
“Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development”
We simply won’t confuse it further. Whatever tool or strategy deployed to achieve this unified mission, we understand that this is the paradigm of the vision that works hand in hand with our own philosophy to preserve quality of life.
We understand that sustainable development involves the simultaneous pursuit of economic prosperity, environmental quality and social equity. Sustainability is not measured in a single financial bottom line, but a triple bottom line which places and measures inherent value also in both environmental quality and social equity.
In today’s environment we clearly understand “Green” and “High Performance” and that these are approaches which define and implement improved building attributes. But simply said, we also understand that they are not synonymous with “Sustainability”.
> Managing Sustainability
Achieving sustainable operations and a sustainable world, depends solely on eliminating our adverse impacts on the environment – getting to “net zero” – by reducing natural resource and energy use, eliminating toxics and greenhouse gas emissions, and restoring public goods such as ecosystem services.
It also depends on achieving environmental goals in a manner that support social goals. Endeavoring to build or operate sustainably does not necessarily mean that we must have complete knowledge of every aspect or every product or service that we use, but it does require that we understand the principles of sustainable development, can articulate goals clearly, ask the right questions, and measure results accurately. Most certainly understanding the paradigms of “Green”, “High Performance” and “Sustainable” will assist to navigate the future.
- Look for an Alternative: to consuming natural resources and generating greenhouse gases.
- Know what you are buying: When no alternative to consumption exists, we assure that it is consistent with our clients environmental and social goals.
- Understand where it goes when it is no longer needed: we establish and work within a complete life cycle plan.
- Support Vendors and Suppliers that endeavor to operate sustainably.