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March 2017 Sustainability Newsletter

Brown Bag Webinar Series on February 14 at 1:00pm EST

Join Us March 28, 2017 — Tuesday at 1 PM, EDT for a Free Webinar:
"Your Employees Need Something Unexpected: Purpose"

Presenter: Bea Boccalandro, President of VeraWorks

Join the presenter Bea Boccalandro, President of VeraWorks to learn more and ask questions!

If your business is like most, 75% of your employees underperform -- even if you pay well, provide good benefits and manage superbly. What’s missing? Research finds they lack a sense of meaning. Fortunately, there is a solution: Expanding the social impact of their everyday work, or “job purposing.” Learn how the...    Read More


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logo of CILCA 2017, the VII International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in Latin AmericaGoing to CILCA 2017? The VII International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America will be held in Medellin, Colombia

June 12-15, 2017

There is an increased interest in understanding social impacts of products and business decisions as our society becomes more aware of the need for sustainable development.  Social impacts have been difficult to measure and have been traditionally excluded from LCAs. But now with S-LCA guidelines from the UN Environmental Programme and improved available databases, analysis of social and environmental impacts may be both more manageable and meaningful.Logo for Vista Volcanes

To consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of growing tomatoes and other food crops in Guatemala using a greenhouse mesh, our study used S-ROI to assess the investment. Vista Volcanes is an awardee of the US Department of State grant for innovative solutions in Latin America and has developed a greenhouse mesh.  The favorable climate of Guatemala plagues growers there with many pests.  Using this mesh keeps the pests out, allowing growers to significantly reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers required while dramatically increasing yields.  To date the assessment indicates that beyond the grant’s direct impacts of significant environmental improvements and substantially higher incomes for growers, there are additional indirect societal benefits of crime reduction and improved food security.  More information is coming after our next analysis this month on site.

In addition to the LCA and S-LCA, this work explores the relationship between S-LCA and S-ROI, specifically, how S-LCA can inform the S-ROI work. Methodological issues in S-LCA, such as defining an appropriate functional unit are also examined. 

Connect with Holly or Caroline at CILCA 2017 where we will share the results of this interesting study authored by Harnoor and Lise!

Two Free S-ROI Workshops in Latin America:

In Guatemalaimage of floating balloon used in LaRed Latin America

Date:  March 16, 2017
Time:  7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Place:  Cámara de Industria de Guatemala
Ruta 6, 9-21, zona 4, Edificio Camara de Industria Nivel 8
Contact Karen Rosales, [email protected]  for more registration and information

In Honduras

Date:  March 20, 2017
Time:  8:30  - 15:30 
Place:   Hotel Casa de Árbol-Galería.San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Free entrance with prior registration. To register and for more information please call / Teléfono: (504) 9435-1363 or E-mail:  [email protected]


Two More S-ROI Courses

On Site in Portsmouth, NH:
April 12, 2017 — Social Impact Assessment and Sustainable ROI - Interactive Training

April 18, 2017  S-ROI: Three-Hour Survey Class with Hands-On 3Pillars Section1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT (17:00-20:00 UTC)

sustainability-representedby-green-boots                     Spring Boot Camp is Back!

Sustainability Assessment and Planning Bootcamp

providing tools and knowledge that will help you effect substantial change 
in your organization—and your footprint.

April 11 - 13, 2017
 IOS Business Center

 Pease International Tradeport

                                              1 New Hampshire Avenue, Suite #125, Portsmouth, NH 03801

                                                     Day 1 - Intro to Life Cycle Assessment, with Focus on Sustainability Assessment
                                                     Day 2 - Social Impact Assessment and Sustainable Return on Investment (S-ROI)
                                                     Day 3 - Integrating Sustainability into the Organization

                                            Register for 1, 2, or all 3 days and benefit from a cost savings.

                                               Download Registration Form



New!  Sustainability-ROI Quarterly Newsletter

EarthShift Global and Impact Infrastructure bring you the latest sustainability research, analysis and developments in their newsletter, SROI Vision for a Sustainable World.

is co-authored with our Partners at Impact Infrastructure (II). Together we will bring you the latest research, analysis and developments in this important area that may affect the work you are doing today.

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Upcoming Classes

FREE Impact Assessment Course (PDF)


Online Training

March 29, 2017  Handling Recycling In Life Cycle Assessment–Interactive Training - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT (13:00-16:00 UTC)

April 18, 2017 —   S-ROI:  Three-Hour Survey Class with Hands-On 3Pillars Section -  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT (17:00-20:00 UTC)

April 25, 2017—  Impact Assessment Methods - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm EDT (14:00-17:00 UTC


Onsite Training

April 11 - 13, 2017 — Spring 2017 Sustainability Bootcamp follow the link for complete details.

April 12, 2017 — Full-Day Master Class:  Social Impact Assessment, Sustainable ROI–Interactive Training



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