Put simply, sustainability is about striking balances: the balance between resource consumption and conservation; between growth and stagnation; between planning for the short term and the long term. Sustainability assessment is a rapidly emerging concept internationally within the broader field of impact assessment , and Integral Sustainability has been at the forefront of this development through our research and consultancy projects.
Many companies feel public, private, and board pressure to implement sustainability programs or, at a minimum, be recognized as proactive with respect to sustainability. The popular media reports on sustainability using terms like zero-carbon footprint, net-zero, zero-landfill waste, recycling, global warming, climate change, and so on. But what role do companies have and what steps can they take to implement a sustainability strategy? Where do you start, how do you begin, and how do you know it’s worthwhile? Let SilTek help you define and implement your sustainability strategy leveraging our more than 15 years of experience.
Enterprise Sustainability Architecture
Organizations need effective strategies to deal with complexity and change management. As a relatively new business layer, a sustainability strategy presents significant risk if not properly integrated. Try to do this while operating the enterprise and suddenly you’re trying to “retrofit a flying aircraft.”
Implementing a sustainability strategy can quickly become complex and costly and management often has little supporting information to show the value of executing a sustainability project or program. The only consistent way to manage change, risk, and complexity is through enterprise architecture. SilTek’s unique value added to this approach involves the integration of sustainability concepts into an enterprise architecture framework. Built on version 3.0 of Zachman’s Enterprise Framework, SilTek quickly diagnoses your enterprise sustainability strategy to align it with your business and practices, bringing clarity to an otherwise fuzzy business objective.
Preliminary Sustainability Analysis
Start small, show quick wins, add real value. SilTek offers a unique approach to evaluate and implement sustainable business strategies. With advanced training and experience across a diverse set of disciplines including engineering, economics, business administration, law, and psychology, SilTek begins by conducting a limited-scope investigation designed to distinguish between investments likely to yield high impact sustainability benefits versus those that offer little more than “green washing.”
We employ advanced diagnostic tools to quickly assess the feasibility of various strategies and provide a preliminary report with realistic suggestions for implementing a sound sustainability program. A sustainability strategy built on a solid foundation provides your organization with a proven approach to address important energy, environmental, economic, or social responsibility issues.
Sustainability Program Management
If your organization is considering implementing a sustainability program, let the experts at SilTek help you manage the effort. Our project managers are PMI certified and trained in enterprise architecture and sustainability. SilTek has more than 10 years of professional Program Management Office (PMO) experience including support for environmental, sustainability, and Enterprise Architecture initiatives in federal and commercial organizations. Let our experts guide your sustainability program through execution management, organizational governance, and strategic change management using proven techniques and sound experience.
The Sustainability Index
How do different investments stack up when compared using a concept as difficult to define as sustainability? One effective way to compare dissimilar projects against vague concepts and disparate criteria involves using an index. SilTek’s approach to comparing the sustainability value of projects relies on the time-tested use of statistical analysis to develop an index that operationalizes each of the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic components. We use the structure and questions posed in a cost model to determine the extent to which a project implements sustainability constructs. Our Sustainability Index is a tool that allows business line managers and project specialists to evaluate projects using a common framework. The index is incorporated into SilTek’s íforea™ budget system or can be used as a standalone evaluation tool to independently assess the sustainability of investments.