These 17 goals have a Triple Bottom Line
Every organization’s economic concerns also link with environmental and social concerns. This triple bottom line can be illustrated as interconnecting circles. In a world of limited resources and instantaneous communication, the circles sometimes expressed as people, planet, and profit are never disconnected.
This connectivity can also be seen in goals established by the United Nations In September 2015. The U.N.’s seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are priorities and aspirations to be achieved by 2030.
At first glance, some of the SDGs may seem entirely social; only about people. But in no case can environment or economic impact be detached.
All of these goals are good! It’s inspiring to partner with government and business organizations in working towards smart cities and sustainable workplaces. Imagine this possible future, less than a quarter century from now.
Here are a few where we’ve seen significant progress in recent months:
- Build resilient infrastructure: promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
It’s gratifying to see building owners and managers awarded LEED and other certifications for their properties. While those buildings minimize cost, they have a limited “carbon footprint” that contributes to a healthier environment.
- Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Initiatives to reduce energy and water consumption are most easily justified as cost savings. The immediate and long-amortized benefits also bring benefit to the community, customers, and in fact everyone who shares in resources which are by no means infinite.
- Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Here is something we have seen in many organizations: While taking action toward energy efficiency, the organization also seeks better resource use and, more often, reuse. To encourage a full range of sustainability benefits, their ecoToolkits include education materials about capitalizing on tax benefits while creating greener communities.
Again, that’s just a few of them. We at ecoPreserve wish to congratulate every client and colleague in their triple bottom line achievements. Their work furthers the U.N. SDG. We are proud to advocate for and grateful to participate in these initiatives.