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3.10 Sustainability

Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

  • 3.10.1 Minimizing environmental impact
    • Uses equipment, processes, and systems that minimize waste, improve efficiency, and reduce resource use, e.g., reuse and recycle
    • Operate with a triple bottom line, emphasizing financial profitability, environmental integrity, and corporate social responsibility
    • Understand life cycle analysis: the environmental and economic effects of a product at every stage of its existence, from extraction of materials through production to disposal and beyond
    • Suggest and/or implement continuous improvement actions
    • Safeguard the public interest
    • Ensure equipment and systems are designed to minimize environmental impact
    • Seek to upgrade processes beyond pollution control to pollution prevention
    • Utilize advances in science and technology to upgrade levels of efficiency and environmental protection
  • 3.10.2 Complying with standards, laws, and regulations
    • Comply with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies related to environmental impact
    • Promote sustainable business practices consistent with ISO 14001 International Environmental Management Guidance