This report assesses the design and implementation of two World Bank-supported programs - The Ouagadougou Strategic Sanitation Plan in Burkina Faso and the Dakar Periurban On-site Sanitation Program in Senegal - by evaluating their methodologies, financial and technical parameters as well as understanding the policy and legal framework in order to replicate their key features where applicable. Section I reviews the trends of the urban sanitation market in West Africa and the rationale for public interventions in sanitation. Section II summarizes the main design features of the two operations. Section III assesses the operation's performances, in terms of outcome, efficiency and equity as well as their sustainability and replicability.
To create meaningful change, apparel brands need to pursue sustainability at the industry level
In 2010, fresh out of college with a degree in economics, I began a new job as a corporate sustainability professional at a major apparel retailer. I was hopeful. The apparel industry was full of environmental problems and opportunities for major progress. At the time, Greenpeace had launched a Detox campaign directly linking textile manufacturing and water pollution, a claim confirmed by the industry’s most influential brands through their organization of Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals. The Natural...
How to make top-down and bottom-up sustainability converge
Fits and starts are all too common in the sustainability world. One year you have budget for initiatives; the next you don’t. Management hails cost savings on individual projects, but they miss the big picture and fail to link progress across departmental boundaries. Bottom-up progress and top-down directives pass each other like proverbial ships in the night. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the help of a good coach, like my friend Jameson Morell, it’s possible to transform the pieces...
Syracuse, New York: AD Adds To Dog Treat Bakery’s Sustainability
Full Circle Feed in Syracuse makes healthy, environmentally-sustainable dog treats with unused meats, vegetables, fruits, and breads from restaurant buffets that were prepared but not served. It recently won the grand prize of $10,000 in Green America’s Fall 2016 People & Planet contest in the category of sustainable products and services for pets and animals. “Full Circle Feed will use the funds to set up a more environmentally friendly production process and drying method,” says founder...
Recap: 4 Interesting Takeaways from the NAEM 2016 EHS & Sustainability Management Forum
As the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end. The 2016 NAEM EHS & Sustainability Management Forum officially wrapped up on Friday, Oct. 28 in Denver, Colorado, and it was a fantastic event. The 24th annual event drew hundreds of EHS and sustainability professionals and industry leaders to the Mile High City for three days of inspirational speakers, incredible learning sessions and great networking. For those of you who were unable to attend, we’ve compiled some of the top takeaways to...
How to set up an office recycling program
The Paperless Project states the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper a year, and 45% of paper used by office workers is trash by the end of the day. CalRecycle reports that over 785,000 tons of recyclable office paper are disposed of every year in California alone. The good news is that there’s a huge opportunity for offices to make an impact on the amount of waste they divert from landfill through recycling paper alone. Here’s 10 tips to help you set up a successful office recycling...