Sustainability Articles

  • Commercial real estate sustainability

    How a Sustainability Platform Can Help This white paper explores why real estate companies are focusing more and more on sustainability, and how different companies engage with sustainability. It goes on to provide examples of how some of thinkstep’s real estate clients are using our platform to make sense of the “big data” involved in assessing and ...


    By thinkstep

  • Implementation guide for carbon & sustainability software

    Capitalize on your carbon management solution investment. Corporate climate change reporting is becoming increasingly mainstream and public. Faced with scrutiny from stakeholders, including investors, regulators and consumers, companies need to ensure data quality and accuracy. Many companies still rely on their manual data collection process, data management and analysis ...


    By thinkstep

  • WQA Sustainable management standard

    Sustainability Program and Green Product Certification Scheme for the Water Treatment Industry The Water Quality Association (WQA) partnered with thinkstep to develop a sustainability program for the water treatment industry. The overall goal of the program is to provide meaningful sustainability performance information about products and the companies that make them to ...


    By thinkstep

  • Design for sustainability

    Five steps to help small and large companies embark on a journey towards sustainable design and green profitability. Sustainable design links social and environmental issues to the core business functions of companies (e.g. procurement, design, brand management, sales etc.) and provides a wide perspective that enables senior management to understand the broader impacts of their ...


    By thinkstep

  • Ten insider tips for building the business case for sustainability

    Reaping the benefits of sustainability: revenue growth, brand enhancement, reduced costs, and reduced risk. To reap the benefits however, you need a comprehensive plan rooted in a clear business case. An effective sustainability plan communicates a sense of direction and purpose, unifies efforts, sets goals and priorities, builds motivation and momentum, and aligns ...


    By thinkstep

  • Knowledge is power

    A guide to improve Enterprise Sustainability Performance. The white paper is a guide for people in sustainable business that want to learn about  sustainability content such as best practice libraries, performance benchmarks and impact profiles to achieve improved Enterprise Sustainability ...


    By thinkstep

  • Show Us Your Baler!

    Do you have a Harmony baler in use at your housing, commercial, or medical facility? WE WANT TO SEE IT!  TELL US YOUR STORY! As a third generation, family-owned business, we love to hear stories of how our products are helping customers with their waste handling and recycling needs!  We also value the importance of how our equipment helps to ...


    By Harmony Enterprises, Inc.

  • Eco-Friendly Tips That Can Save Your Business Money

    Creating a green business plan usually ends up costing your business more money than what you might have planned. Fortunately, there is a way to help save your business money while creating a green plan for your business. Use these tips from Earthwise Environmental to help create an eco-friendly business while saving ...


    By Earthwise Environmental

  • The carbon footprint of New Zealand’s built environment: Hotspot or not?

    Executive Summary Energy use in buildings contributed 19% of society’s global carbon footprint in 2010, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The value quoted for New Zealand is typically around 5% (Figure 1a) and sometimes as low as 2% (considering only direct combustion of fuels). These values derive from New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory ...


    By thinkstep

  • Small town water services sustainability checks: development and application in Ethiopia

    With rising coverage figures and the advent of the Sustainable Development Goals, there is increasing attention given to assessing and monitoring the sustainability of water services. Previous efforts in the rural water supply sector have included the development of sustainability checks, while in the urban water supply sector, benchmarking of water services and the performance of utilities ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Revealing causal pathways to sustainable water service delivery using fsQCA

    This study aimed to build on theory and practice regarding the combinations of conditions that influence water service sustainability when external partners are involved. The study investigates 26 well projects that have been implemented in developing countries with the assistance of Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA). Using past literature on sustainable water service delivery in ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Modeling impacts of climate change and human activities on groundwater resources using MODFLOW

    This paper analyzes the impacts of climate change and human pressures on Yazd-Ardakan aquifer using the Hadley Centre Coupled Model, version 3 (HADCM3) circulation Model and A2 emission scenario. Water levels in the study aquifer were simulated using three-dimensional finite-difference groundwater model (MODFLOW 2000) with GMS 8.3 as pre- and postprocessing software. Input for ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Multi-objective optimization for sustainable groundwater management by developing of coupled quantity-quality simulation-optimization model

    This study addresses the issue of optimal management of aquifers using a mathematical simulation- optimization model which relies on the stability of water quality and quantity, considering salinity. In this research first we developed a hydrological model (SWAT) to estimate recharge rates and its spatiotemporal distribution. Then, groundwater simulation of the basin was simulated and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Assessing the influence of social capital on water point sustainability in rural Ethiopia

    Despite considerable investment, sustainability of rural water resources remains a critical challenge in Ethiopia. Evidence suggests social capital – the networks, norms, and trust that facilitate cooperative behaviors – influences a community's ability to manage communal water resources. In turn, strong community governance of water resources may lead to sustainable resource management. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Greener Horizons: How sustainability can lead the smart cities revolution

    Background Smart cities combine new and emerging technologies with a vision of more efficient and, proponents claim, more sustainable urban environments. Sustainability is often seen as a by-product of smart city technology—instead of being the driving force behind smart cities. Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, brought together a panel of ...


    By Bullfrog Power Inc.

  • Limited services? The role of shared sanitation in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    Target 6.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls for universal access to sanitation by 2030. The associated indicator is the population using ‘safely managed’ sanitation services. Shared sanitation is classified as a ‘limited’ sanitation service and some donors and governments are reluctant to invest in it, as it will not count towards achieving Target 6.2. This could result in poor ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Impact of extreme climate events on water supply sustainability in Egypt: case studies in Alexandria region and Upper Egypt

    Water resources in Egypt have become stressed due to changes in climate patterns. Egypt is characterized by two seasons, a mild, wet winter and a hot, dry summer. In recent years, many areas have become vulnerable to the impact of extreme climate events. The impact of these events on water supplies has become more pronounced. This study states that there is a tangible impact of extreme climate ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Systemic insights into agricultural groundwater management: case of Firuzabad Plain, Iran

    Groundwater decline poses a significant sustainability challenge in arid and semi-arid areas where groundwater plays a major life sustaining role. Recent years have marked a drastic decrease in the groundwater table (about 1.1 m/yr equivalent to 19.3 million cubic metres) in the Firuzabad Plain, Iran, where policies to restore groundwater have mostly failed. A holistic view is required to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Using business models in designing market-based solutions: the case of fluoride treatment systems

    This paper addresses how business models inform viability of different fluoride treatment technologies for developing countries as well as the pursuit of financial and operational sustainability. Excess fluoride concentrations in drinking water supplies negatively impact the health of communities living in fluoride affected regions of the world by causing dental and skeletal fluorosis and ...


    By IWA Publishing

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