Companies interested in experiencing the use of context-based metrics in their sustainability programs will be pleased to know that we (CSO) have decided to place certain of our metrics into the public domain. For starters, templates for our context-based carbon and solid waste metrics are now freely downloadable from this site.
Context-based carbon metric
Our context-based carbon metric (first piloted with Ben & Jerry's in early 2007) measures the CO2 emissions of a company against reduction targets specified in a 350 ppm stabilization scenario developed by Tellus Institute in Boston. The Tellus model (known as PoleStar) allocates reduction burdens unevenly throughout the world according to where emitters are located and the development status of the economies involved. Thus, the Tellus model is equity-sensitive.
Context-based waste metric
Our context-based waste metric was first developed in 2012 and measures the volume of municipal solid wastes (MSW) a company sends to landfills against a zero waste reduction target of 2022 over 2008 levels. Users of this metric can easily substitute baseline years and target dates of their own choosing.
The latest version of our context-based waste metric (an Excel spreadsheet) is downloadable here.
Note: CSO is especially grateful for the involvement and support of the following organizations in the development of the metrics described on this page: Ben & Jerry's, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Dartmouth College, St. Michael's College, the University of Groningen, and the University of Massachusetts.
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