Statistics and sports go together like Minneapolis and St. Paul. It’s hard to go more than a day without seeing a sports story citing advanced statistical metrics. I just, for the first time, read about a basketball stat called EPV (“Expected Possession Value”). On the corporate sustainability front, quantitative analysis and reporting is advancing quickly as well. So today we (logically, I think) explore the intersection of Sports & Sustainability Reporting.
Seattle-based K2 Sports, a leader in the winter sports/ski equipment world since 1962, has made sustainability an important part of its day-to-day ethos over the last decade or more. With winter sports feeling the effects of climate change in the here-and-now, companies like K2 Sports have a vested interest in making their business operations as energy efficient and as clean as possible. The company is making significant greening strides, “from energy efficiency to the use of better materials” and is committed to doing more, says Matt O’Laughlin, Senior Design Engineer.
O’Laughlin is one of 15 K2 Green Teamers who work on various sustainability-related projects for the company, on an extra-curricular basis. The challenge for K2 has been measuring and reporting on all of its sustainability-related activities. “The City of Seattle provided us with an Excel-based tool”, reported O’Laughlin, “but it was extremely time consuming”.
Enter Scope 5, also based in (very Post Super Bowl Ecstatic) Seattle. According to Derek Eisel, Scope 5’s Director of Sales, its sustainability data management software gives organizations the ability to, quickly and easily, “quantify and report CO2 emissions and other environmental and sustainability data.” These data are then used to make business decisions on, say, how best to reduce carbon emissions. Or to project what the costs of potential carbon legislation in China might be.
Derek Eisel, Director of Sales for Scope 5, a leader in sustainability data management software. (Photo Credit: Scope 5)
K2 Sports’ O’Laughlin swears by Scope 5, saying its software is “effective, simple and quick to use, and accurate”. K2 green teamers can use the time previously spent entering data to step back and, per O’Laughlin, “think (my emphasis) about where we should focus our carbon reduction efforts”, with easy-to-understand cost/benefit analysis backstopping those decisions.
Vulcan, theSeattle-based (sensing a trend?) manager of properties like the Rose Garden, home of the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers, and Century Link Field, home of the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks (managed by First and Goal, an affiliate of Vulcan), is a new Scope 5 customer. Cody Crawford, Vulcan’s Senior Manager, Facilities and Operations, told GSB Scope 5 is helping them develop the architecture to report on Scope 2 emissions (i.e. indirect greenhouse gas emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, heat, cooling or steam). Once that’s done, Scope 5 will tackle the more complex Scope 3 emissions (those that arise from sources that are owned or controlled by others).
Century Link Field, home of the Super Champion Seattle Seahawks. Vulcan, Century Link Field’s management company, is using Scope 5 software to help measure and make decisions about its carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo Credit: Seattle Seahawks)
Seattle is, at least for now, the Center of the Football Universe. With companies like Scope 5 leading the way, it may also become a hub for sustainability reporting. Here’s hoping that, in 2014, the New York Jets wrest the football crown from Seattle (hey, you never know!) and that the sports world builds on the work companies like Scope 5 is doing with forward-thinking organizations like K2 Sports. and Vulcan.
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