SEAL Boot Camp participants enjoy a private tour of the Intercontinental New York Barclay’s Hotel

SEAL Boot Camp participants enjoy a private tour of the Intercontinental New York Barclay’s Hotel, where they learned how the facility incorporates all 17 SDGs into their business model.

 

We are Serious about SDG13: Climate Action

 

The GSC’s 2017 3S Awards Ceremony in New York City was attended by over 200 international and domestic guests. 99% of the carbon footprint of the 3S Awards was caused by air travel.

The carbon footprint of the 3S Awards Ceremony amounted to 99 metric tons of CO2:

  • 53% of the carbon emissions were generated by air travels from Asia;
  • 21% from air travels from South America;
  • 12% from air travels from the US;
  • 8% from air travels from Europe;
  • and 6% from air travels from Europe.

 

Carbon Accounting 101 – SDG13 in Action

First, calculate and reduce your carbon footprint

Making an event “CO2 Neutral” is similar to making an organization “CO2 Neutral”. The first step is to calculate the footprint of the event by identifying all sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Major emissions sources include: travel to the host city, local transportation, energy consumed by the event venue, and the preparation of the meals. Climate advisors CO2logic calculated the ceremony’s footprint. The 3S Awards Ceremony emitted 99 metric tons of CO2 equivalent, with 99% that was caused by air travel. The remaining emissions were mostly caused by the preparation of meals, while local transportation and energy consumed by the venue proved to be negligible.

Once all emissions sources associated with the event were identified, strategies for reducing these emissions were devised. By selecting a destination city that is served by many direct flights, our event already avoided several dozen metric tons of CO2. The caterer was also carefully selected. We decided to work with the only NYC vegetarian restaurant which is also certified carbon neutral. In addition to the caterer, we also chose a wine which is carbon neutral.

Then, offset your emissions through a project that benefits the vulnerable groups

Once energy conservation and emission reduction strategies were implemented, emissions that cannot be further reduced are offset. To achieve “CO2 Neutral” status, CO2logic offered to support a Gold Standard-certified project in Uganda that distributes efficient cooking stoves to reduce wood consumption. This helps to lower deforestation and reduce toxic fumes, while still enabling local families to have effective and functional cooking methods.

Finally, engage event participants to do their bit to protect our climate & environment

By holding this low-carbon event, the GSC wants to raise awareness of climate change issues and actions that can be taken to reduce or offset greenhouse gas emissions. This is an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and to inspire participants, followers, and viewers all around the world.

 

The 3S Awards Ceremony was certified “CO2 Neutral” with the support of CO2logic, the carbon offsetting partner of the 3S Awards Ceremony. 

To learn more about how your company can contribute to SDG13 through Carbon Accounting and Carbon Offsets, contact Dr. Arnaud Brohe – a Board Member of the GSC and the CEO of the CO2logic at arnoud.brohe@gscouncil.org.

 

Show Your Commitment and Take the Pledge

We believe businesses can and will do well by doing good and we invite companies around the world to participate in our profit-with-purpose Half-Billion Dollars Challenge.

If you have a carbon accounting program in your company or you are one of the 1,200 U.S. entities committed to the advancement of the Paris Agreement, make your support visibile by joining our Half-Billion Dollars Challenge by pledging to make specific budgetary allocations towards your organization’s current and planned activities that align with and promote the SDGs.

 

What’s Your Story? Share, Learn, & Get Inspired!

We are proud to annouce the launch of our very first YouTube series entitled, “What’s Your Story?: Checking in with the 3S Award Winners.” The focus of the series are one-on-one interviews that dive in deep to find out how each company came to be, including their successes and their struggles. During each interview, we explore what profit with purpose means to them and how as an organization, they pursue it. Tune in live today at 9am EST and 2pm EST to check in with ElRhino and Bwom.

Missed the first episode? Catch up below, where we interviewed Coffee Flour, the 2017 Climate Change and Natural Resources Winner.

 

How can you get involved?

If you’re interested in helping organizations like Coffee Flour do good in the world and pursue profit with purpose, please consider donating to our Entrepreneurs Development Fund.

The Global Sourcing Council and AmazonSmile

We all love the convenience of Amazon, so why not do some good while shopping online. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice, such as the Global Sourcing Council.

 

 

BECOME A GSC MEMBER: If your organization has not already joined us, consider becoming a Corporate Member of the Global Sourcing Council with a tax-deductible donation.

To join today or for more information on how your donation can make a difference, please email noel.smyth@gscouncil.org.

 

 

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