Sustainability Pledge

We practice what we preach at Englehart Consulting.  We honestly believe that sustainable business practices are good for the planet and good for your business.  We aren’t perfect, but we make every effort to minimize the negative impact to the environment and human health resulting from our business activity.  We recognize that it can be difficult and often takes some time to navigate conflicting green claims or find a supplier who meets our sustainability requirements.  But we know that we are a better business for it.  We are committed to running our business with sustainable practices guided by the following principles.

We manage the input of the business with a goal to:
·         Minimize the amount of input by using less and maximizing efficiency  
·         Minimize the use of virgin, non renewable resources
·         Minimize the amount of toxic and hazardous materials going into the cycle
·         Maximize the re-use of items already in the business cycle
·         Maximize the use of clean, renewable resources
·         Maximize use of local resources available

We manage the output of my business with a goal to:
·         Minimize the amount of waste going to landfill or incineration
·         Minimize the amount of pollution going to the air, water, or soil
·         Maximize the amount of output being put back into the business cycle for re-use or going back to nature for processing
·         Maximize the products and services that bring sustainable solutions to the market

We have a procurement policy that selects vendors that can help us achieve our sustainability goals.  We apply these principles to areas of environmental impact, primarily the use of water, energy, materials, and toxic control as it relates to our facilities, our administrative functions, and our consulting services.  Specific examples of sustainable business practices that we follow include:

Energy & carbon reduction strategies:
·         Reduce travel and commuting through use of information and communications technology (ICT) tools and use of public transportation
·         Use heating, cooling, lighting, and appliance efficiency measures
Material reduction strategies
·         Use electronic communications in place of paper
·         Format printed material to minimize paper usage
·         Use printed marketing materials thoughtfully and sparingly
·         Use recycled content and chlorine free paper whenever possible
·         Avoid single-use disposable items in favor of re-usable items (ie cups, plates, utensils, bags, etc.)
Waste management strategies
·         Re-use everything that we can find a purpose.  If we can’t use it, we try to find someone who can
·         Recycle everything possible through municipal services or other responsible service providers
·         Compost a small portion of our waste, but still need to do better
Toxic control
·         Favor vendors that supply toxic-free products and services
·         Research labels and fine print to avoid products and services with toxic ingredients

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