A: Just go to this page and sign up. We’ll contact you to confirm a date and time that is convenient for you. A demo takes only about an hour.
A: Our Sustainability Dashboard Tool is designed for organizations of all sizes. It does NOT require dedicated personnel or someone with a degree in computer science in order to manage it. Our Dashboard is designed to be user-friendly and is affordably priced for small organizations.
A: No, our tool is web based and requires no additional hardware or software. This means you do not have to spend extra money or waste precious time waiting for updates to install!
A: Yes, our tool is compatible with both MACs and PCs, and supports a variety of web browsers such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Chrome.
A: With our Dashboard, you can go at your own pace. The Sustainability Dashboard is designed around 6 primary categories (energy, transportation, waste/recycling, water, office supplies, and cleaning products). Within each category we have pre-populated the Tool with templates that allow you to begin using the categories that make sense for you.
A: No, all updates to the tool are included for all subscribers at no extra charge.
A: With the Sustainability Dashboard, we have found a way to generate 95% accuracy for 5% of the cost compared to competitive products. The Dashboard is specifically designed for small to mid-size organizations who can’t afford to hire dedicated staff to manage an enterprise software tool. Our ultimate goal is not to create complex reporting systems, but to provide actionable, accurate reporting that helps your company become more sustainable.
A: Yes. The Sustainability Dashboard has been designed for use at each individual location, because our primary mission is to help organizations improve their performance. We believe this will happen only when people at the local level (rather than at the corporate headquarters) take ownership. After all, it is the local managers who will ultimately be responsible for making improvements. (And getting the credit for them.)
A: Yearly contracts are available with credit card purchase.
A: Additional users are not charged. Because we want to help you create a ‘culture of sustainability’ in your organization, we encourage you to invite as many users as needed.
A: Yes. You can see a top-level view of your organization to highlight performance measures of interest, track achievements and indicate potential problems. The Sustainability Dashboard offers a portfolio comparison for your entire organization and this is one of the most effective ways to find areas for cost savings. Perhaps you would like to know which of your locations had the highest and lowest energy cost last quarter. Or perhaps one of your locations showed a puzzling increase in usage of paper or other supplies, vs. your other locations. The Sustainability Dashboard will make all of these differences completely transparent.
A: There are three ways of entering data:
A: It is very easy to load historical data into the Dashboard. If your data is in electronic format, the initial setup time can range from 1 to 4 hours depending on how many categories you wish to track. Updating the Dashboard takes about 1 hour a month.
A: The Dashboard uses SSL (Secure Socket Layer) connections for all our internet transmission of client data, including all web pages displayed to clients after login and all data they submit from those pages. We have a corporate SSL Certificate used to establish SSL web connections. Additionally, we back everything up daily on a second server.
A: Sustainability Dashboard provides online technical support via email, available 24 hours a day, with a response from our professional support team provided within one business day, or less. Additional support is customized to meet your needs according to your pricing plan.
A: The GHG graphs show the Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO2e) calculated in metric tons (MT) based on the EPA’s most recently published calculation for CO2e estimations; more information on this calculation can be found here. The EPA identified three main sources of carbon emitters associated with running your facility – Energy, Transportation, and Waste/ Recycling. Note: These calculations are specific to the state where the facilities are located.
A: What you are seeing is the 1st module of what will ultimately be a suite of Tools. This module is focusing on operations and will provide information on the impacts from warehousing, logistics, internal operations, products and more. In the future we will develop modules specifically for your HR departments to report on human rights, training and other sustainability initiatives.
A: Yes. The Sustainability Dashboard Tool is designed to capture data consistent with LEED-EBOM reporting. For example, our Tool will help document the data you will need for your submittals in the following prerequisites and credits: EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance; MR Credit 1: Sustainable Purchasing - Ongoing Consumables; MR Credit 2: Sustainable Purchasing - Durable Goods; MR Credit 4: Reduced Mercury in Lamps; IE Q Credit 3.3: Green Cleaning - Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials; IE Q Credit 3.4: Green Cleaning - Sustainable Cleaning Equipment
A: Steve has been a leader of the green cleaning and green building industry and the Sustainability Dashboard reflects his vision for providing inexpensive and easy-to-use Tools specific to the needs of organizations who are tracking their sustainability efforts. While Steve has been intimately involved with the issue of sustainability and is quite knowledgeable, the Tool itself relies on the appropriate "frameworks" such as the Global Reporting Initiative, Carbon Disclosure Project, US EPA, and USGBC's LEED-EBOM requirements. Furthermore, we have relied on Steve's personal relationships with leaders of the Green Building Movement developed over the past 20 years to help provide the "improvement tips" which help organizations succeed in their sustainability efforts.