Water: Too Much, Too Little, Not Clean

Water: Too Much, Too Little, Not Clean

This is a guest blog post by Microsoft’s Adam J. Hecktman, Director of Technology and Civic Innovation for Chicago. To hear more of Adam’s perspective, come meet him at our World Water Day Summit on March 22nd. There is a spotlight on water.  No other natural resource is as critical to life, while being ironically threatening to it.…

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ACE16: The Water Industry Continues to Transform Part 1

ACE16: The Water Industry Continues to Transform Part 1

The American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exhibition was held last week (June 20 – 22, 2016) in Chicago, Illinois. With over 10,000 attendees, 500+ exhibitors and 80+ sessions this conference presented an unparalleled opportunity to check the pulse of the water industry. Members of the West Monroe Water Utility consulting and technology practice were at the conference, and are...

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Sustainability: if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it!

Sustainability: if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it!

As sustainability has become a more prominent issue for businesses, leaders are struggling to build consistent sustainability reports. A sustainability report is often the first publically facing component of a business’ sustainability initiatives and therefore needs to have clear messaging, backed by specific metrics to track progress and create accountability. The data collected to report...

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How Sustainable is your ERP System?

How Sustainable is your ERP System?

Sustainability is no longer solely driven by regulations and PR opportunities. It is now also seen as a strategic driver for competitive advantage and innovation. Companies that identify sustainability as a key differentiating factor have begun to innovate their business processes and revolutionize their end-products and services. From the insurance industry, where assessing risk from climate...

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Value Chain Reporting: The Next Step in the Evolution of the Annual Report

In a short span of time we’ve seen corporate annual reports evolve from a report documenting only an entity’s financial standing to an all-encompassing report that factors in the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental and social. Long gone are the days where a major corporation can deliver just a financial report to its stakeholders.…

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Sustainability Touches Work and Recreation

The Energy & Utilities team of West Monroe Partners recently had the opportunity to visit a methane digester, solar array, and brewery during its bi-annual collaboration retreat in Eau Claire, WI. You may notice an outlier in that group of tours. How do Leinenkugel and other breweries relate to sustainability? One of the first things you notice on a tour of any brewery is that it takes a...

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Put a Brick in It: Tricks for Reducing Household Water Usage

In response to California’s four year drought, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed an executive order¹ to reduce statewide water consumption by 25% before February 2016. Given that the average American is estimated to use 80-100 gallons of water per day,² this 20-25 gallon reduction in daily water usage could be difficult drink for Californians to swallow.…

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My “Zero-Waste” Wedding

As we get further into 2015, people with upcoming weddings can likely feel their date of choice closing in rapidly. Keeping sustainability in mind while planning an event with family, friends, and a ceremony can be difficult but on average in the US, each wedding incurs between 400-600 lbs of waste (source) and even if you find you typically recycle at home, bringing those practices into a...

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2015…A Greener Year In Retail

After spending just under two weeks in Hawaii, it amazes me that these beautiful islands are a part of the United States. It feels like a tropical country being able to drive up 10,023 feet to the summit of Haleakala for the sunrise, and then spend the rest of the morning laying on the beach and swimming in the ocean.…

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CSO as the Chief Change Officer

The position of Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) has started to grow in number and prominence since the early 2000’s and yet to many organizations this position still remains a mystery, or so says a study by George Serafeim and Kathleen Miller. In the article, “Chief Sustainability Officers: Who Are They and What Do They Do?” the authors use survey and interview data to analyze the range of...

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