NATURE IS THE BEST DESIGNER
There is no more elegant or efficient designer than nature. In nature, there is no waste. Everything fuels something else — an unending cycle of life, death and rebirth. Nature has been successfully evolving, transforming and finding new ways to succeed for eons. What better design to emulate? Zero-waste is a high bar, but it is the gold standard.
2. ENSURE A LIVEABLE FUTURE
The biggest reason to care for our planet is pretty obvious: So that we as a species can continue to thrive on it. We have a moral and ethical obligation to each other, future generations and other species to sustain this place. When we don’t act responsibly we are choosing to exacerbate the problems future generations will face. The choices we make right now have a direct impact on the future — that’s a serious responsibility.
3. BUILD RESILIENCE
Every hedge against a potential future problem increases an organization’s inherent resilience. All kinds of interesting things are happening in systems thinking and municipal planning around resiliency. For example, how will our coastal cities recover faster from the next hurricane? What’s needed to help cities cope with rising sea levels? What do we build right now to prepare for future disasters? This is all part of the sustainability discussion, and business is a big part of it. Incredible opportunities exist for collaboration among business, government and civil society to plan for the unpredictable.
4. BUSINESS AS A FORCE FOR GOOD
People who care about the environment have long been changing light bulbs, buying local, recycling, composting food scraps and buying electric vehicles. Being a company that’s prepared for any potential future is tough. There are many factors to consider. If your organization is in need of analysis or support on long-term sustainability and readiness for success, please contact us. We’ve been pushed to deeply investigate our own organization with an eye for long-term sustainability and have the expertise and experience to help build resiliency for your future state.