Developing a Sustainability Strategy for Your Small Business

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By Rebecca Bridges, www.electricityplans.com

What is Sustainability?

A sustainability strategy for your small business can help you attract new employees and new clients, as well as contribute to a greener environment. And becoming a green business can have a big impact on your bottom line. Here’s how to develop a sustainability strategy for your business.

Sustainability means meeting our own needs in a way that doesn’t compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

So that means sustainability is not just about the environment. In fact, there are three pillars of sustainability: Environment, Society and Economics. A sustainability strategy for your business involves operating in a way that has a positive impact on your bottom line, your community and the environment.

Why Should Sustainability Matter for Your Small Business?
Maybe you’ve looked at ways to be more sustainable at your small business.

You want to be an eco-friendly company. You make sure to turn off the lights at the end of the day. There are recycling bins in the lunch room. And you’ve had an Earth Day event each year. Those are good steps. But these are short term actions that don’t make a lasting impact or a lasting impression.

A sustainability strategy means you are walking the walk, not just talking the talk about being a green business.


If you combine lighting measures, building controls and HVAC improvements, you’ll usually have a better ROI than doing one system at a time. A deep retrofit gives more results than just changing out the lights.

Dr. Gavin Dillingham, HARC