Analysis & Intelligence
WMSS offers customers a portfolio of tools to measure, manage and communicate their sustainability progress and goals. ENSPIRE is our online business intelligence platform that aggregates and repackages raw sustainability data into one interactive dashboard, helping to accurately track financial, environmental and social performance; facilitate streamlined decision-making and simplify reporting. Upon collection of data for reporting purposes, WMSS provides analysis to inform strategic planning, best practices and efficiency opportunities. In 2015, ENSPIRE managed more than 10 million tons of materials for customers at more than 39,000 locations. In 2015, we managed 15 million tons at nearly 60,000 locations.
Meeting the need for an increased focus on corporate transparency, ENSPIRE is highly customizable to “speak” our customers’ language and enable them to see the data most relevant to their operations. For example, an international cruise line uses the platform to provide data for corporate sustainability reporting according to Global Reporting Initiative standards. With a single click, the cruise line can run side-by-side comparisons of any ship in any port, as well as generate customized metrics such as pounds of waste produced per passenger per night at sea. The ENSPIRE platform not only measures efficiency, but creates it as well. A food manufacturer has reduced time spent on monthly sustainably reporting from 40 hours to three hours, gaining nearly a week of time each month to focus on strategic sustainability efforts. This customer uses ENSPIRE as its sustainability dashboard to measure progress toward a goal of recycling 90 percent of waste generated, as well as tracking energy and water usage.
Our Construction group’s Diversion and Recycling Tracking Tool (DART®) helps project planners, contractors, architects and building owners set “green” performance targets and measure their progress during construction, renovation and demolition projects. DART is used across the United States and Canada to track both materials reused on construction sites and those processed for recycling off site. The diversion rates captured through DART support LEED certification and corporate sustainability reporting. In 2015, more than 416,627 tons of material was diverted through reuse or recycling. Our top 10 construction customers alone put more than 142,692 tons of materials to reuse. These customers use DART to create diversion plans, monitor their progress and report their final performance on a project-by-project basis.
For customers who want a “big picture” view of their product’s environmental impacts, we offer Lifecycle Assessments that evaluate all stages of a product’s life — raw material extraction, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and end-of-life disposal or recycling. The analysis provides insights into which stages have the greatest potential to avoid GHG emissions or to conserve natural resources.
Our Vendor Scorecards are a supply chain management tool that helps customers assess whether their vendors meet sustainability goals, including compliance with sustainable purchasing policies and packaging requirements. The scorecards can then be used to create more sustainable purchase programs, improve the design of products and packaging and eliminate waste.
In a consumer landscape awash in green claims, many of our customers seek external verification of their efforts to reduce waste, save energy and achieve other sustainability goals. WMSS serves as a guide through this process, including advising on these third-party rating and certification systems.
- BOMA 360, from the Building Owners and Managers Association International, validates best-in-class management practices in building operations and maintenance; safety, security and risk management; training and education; energy, environmental and sustainability efforts; and tenant relations and community involvement.
- Council for Responsible Sport certifications maximize opportunities at sporting venues around the world to divert waste to recycling and compost, switch to 100 percent renewable power, use as many regional resources as possible, offer free access to thousands of youth and other targeted audiences, all while providing tens of millions of dollars in economic impact to host cities and regions. In 2016, we will become the primary on-the-ground evaluators for events applying for certification.
- ENERGY STAR certification includes benchmarking with the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® and validating applications.
- UL Environment Zero Waste Claim Validation certifies best-in-class, zero-waste and zero-waste-to-landfill programs.
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) uses our accredited consultants to certify entire green building projects or obtain individual credits and helps customers quantify materials in the waste stream via LEED MR6 waste audits, of which we conduct approximately 40 per year.
- Green Globes Certifications are a web-based program from the Green Building Initiative for green building guidance and certifications that includes an on-site assessment by a third party for new buildings, renovations, building management and more.
- U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) facility certification program goes beyond waste diversion numbers to focus on the upstream policies and practices that make zero-waste programs successful. USZWBC has crafted the third-party verified facility certification to meet the requests of businesses for a valid, comprehensive verification of zero-waste achievements.