Think Globally, Act Locally
To act on their mantra, “Think Globally, Act Locally”, CNSI’s CSR consultant Mary Fehlig, of the Fehlig Group, another Montgomery County Certified Green Business, encouraged CNSI to consider certification. As they gathered data, they quickly discovered that they were already doing many of the suggested actions as a matter of course. Missie Aulls, CNSI’s Facility Manager and the company’s lead on the certification process, was pleased to discover that, “We are actually implementing a lot of green practices. We just did it because that’s the way we thought it needed to be done, not because we were seeking a particular certification.”
They also found the checklist provided a tangible and detailed roadmap to help the company communicate ways in which employees can “live green”, both in and outside of the office. It also allowed the Green Committee to engage with more departments and expand their sustainability efforts.
The Green Business Certification Program also helped CNSI to determine areas in which they could improve, and better ways to measure progress. Their goals for 2018 include the following:
- Complete each phase of the Continuous Improvement Plan, which involves monitoring defined metrics
- Expand awareness tactics for all employees including e-newsletter articles, in-house digital advertising, and in-person education events.
- Institute a Fair Trade Certified and low-impact purchasing policy at all project sites.
- Identify requirements and begin work on greening three office locations outside the county, utilizing the Green Business Certification framework.
Their main challenge was pulling all the information together from various departments. But now they possess real data on things like recycled and recyclable office supplies, coffee packets, etc., that provide tangible evidence they are making progress toward their goals and a positive impact on their local and global environment.
The certification has also helped them understand that their commitment to organizational stewardship comes alive when policies are put into practice.