I recently reviewed a source, The Happy Planet Index, that measures the ecological efficiency around the world. This index shows the efficiency of nations and how they convert natural resources to result in long, happy lives for the people living in them. This gauging system demonstrates how different nations try to achieve a balance using their natural resources and maintaining sustainability. This source has been able to identify global impacts on life expectancy, life satisfaction, and our ecological footprint. This source sheds a visual interpretation of how the nations across the world are impacting their environment.
Referring to this site, the footprint globally appears to be pretty significant and the highest or most dangerous nations are in the United States then moving up towards Canada and over to Europe the danger is slightly lower. After viewing this map and comparing the different regions globally and our impact on the sustainability of our resources, the only conclusion one can make is that, based on our rapid economic growth and development around the world, protecting our resources has not been a top priority. Here is a great example of why implementing sustainability throughout our organizations is so vital for many reasons. Organizations need to focus on reducing their footprint and by increasing their ability to develop smarter ways to utilize their resources available to them. This behavior can be as small as making sure a project is sustainability or as large as ensuring your emissions are reduced at your production facilities.
Sustainability plays a key role in any organizational future development plans. The overall idea is to have an understanding of how your business, as a whole, is interacting with our environment and community, and to determine the best way to keep that relationship sustainable to you and the resources around you. Visit this site and read more about its discoveries and to learn how to participate.
Larry T. Barnard, PMP, PMI-RMP, Change Management Practitioner
CEO & Principal Architect
IISPM, International Institute of Sustainability Project Management