WeSpire has worked with Quantis International, a Life Cycle Assessment firm, to illustrate the potential environmental savings from sustainability actions taken on the WeSpire platform. This sustainability impact metric provides a directional idea of the amount of impact units and money saved by taking environmentally friendly actions.

The impactful actions are scored for savings in 6 different impact units:

• Gallons of fuel
• Pounds of carbon dioxide emissions
• Kilowatt hours of electricity
• Pounds of waste
• Gallons of water
• Number of trees

Users earn these impacts when they mark the action complete.

Many WeSpire customers opt not to use our sustainabilityÂ impacts to report externally, but rather talk about the behavior our platform is inspiring, including actions taken, events attended, etc. To report on sustainability impacts, they tend to use the company's corresponding data. For example, one client wanted to increase the participation of composting that was done in their office cafeteria so they led a campaign on the platform (along with office signage) and used the before and after weight of the compost.

How is an Action scored for Sustainability Impact?

1. Make an assumption as to what the alternate behavior to the Action is

For example, if the action is "Fill up with tap water instead of bottled water" then the reasonable alternative action is "Open a new bottle of water and throw it away."

2. Quantis researches the impact data for each element within the action

For 1 (0.5L) bottle of water:

• Emissions : 0.15 kg CO2 equivalent
• Energy : 3 MJ
• Water : 4.0 liters

For a (0.5L) washed glass of unfiltered tap water:

• Emissions : 0.0395 kg CO2 equivalent
• Energy : 0.5 MJ
• Water : 3.0 liters

3. All calculations are converted to a common numerical system

• Kilograms of CO2 to pounds of CO2 conversion: 2.205 lbs/kg
• Megajoules to kilowatt hours conversion: 0.278 kwh/MJ
• Liters to gallons conversion: 0.2641 gallons/liter

4. A cradle to grave assessment is performed

Quantis's calculations compare the impacts of each action, considering the production, use, and disposal of drinking tap water instead of bottled. The results of "Fill up with tap water instead of bottled water" are:

More example Sustainability Impact Calculations

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