Operations

World Centric’s Office Operations Footprint                                                             Download the .pdf here

Introduction

World Centric is an organization dedicated to reducing economic injustice and environmental degradation through education, community networks and sustainable enterprises.

As part of our mission to be environmentally sustainable, we aim to become a resource-neutral organization through conservation efforts and resource offsets.

This document summarizes research quantifying the impact that World Centric’s office operations have on the environment. The goal is to offset our usage so that we can become a resource-neutral organization. More specifically, the aim is to increase transparency by helping World Centric, its board of directors, customers, business partners, and all others associated with the organization, to understand and answer the following questions:

This information is collected: (1) for detailing the steps that the organization has taken to reduce its impact, (2) to account for World Centric’s office operations impact, and (3) to aid World Centric in offsetting its future impact. Thus, the emphasis is on finding quantifiable environmental impacts in the office; and is not an exhaustive list of all impacts, such as the life cycle analysis of the products associated with World Centric hereof. The footprint for materials and product manufacturing may be found in the Manufacturing section.


Summary of Findings










Summary of Offsets In Progress



References


1Energy Information Administration (EIA). “U.S. Household Electricity Report.” 14 July. 2005. <-http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/reps/enduse/er01_us.html->. “Electricity consumption by 107 million U.S. households in 2001 totaled 1,140 billion kWh” (1,140 billion kWh / 107 million U.S. households = 10,656 kWh per year, per household; or 888 kWh per month per household.)

2US Geological Survey, US Department of the Interior. “Water Q&A: Water use at home.” 30 Aug 2005. <-http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/qahome.html -> “…each person uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day.”
US Census Bureau. “Fact Sheet - 2006.” N.d. http://factfinder.census.gov “Average household size: 2.61” (90 gallons per day*365 days * 2.61 persons = 85,738.5 gallons per household per year. This translates to 7144.875 per household per month, or 9.55 CCF.)

3US EPA. "Emission Facts: Average Annual Emissions and Fuel Consumption for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks”. April 2000. <-http://www.epa.gov/oms/consumer/f00013.htm->

4California Integrated Waste Management Board. “Waste Board Approves Southern California Cities’ Diversion Rates: Others get new deadlines, diversion rates.” 19 Feb. 2003. <-http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Pressroom/2003/February/14.htm ->

5US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.” 11 Feb 2008. <-http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html ->

6Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Emission Facts: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Typical Passenger Vehicle” 04 February. 2005. <-http://www.epa.gov/otaq/climate/420f05004.htm -> “MOBILE calculates values of 23.9 miles per gallon (mpg) for passenger cars” 23.9 miles per gallon x 928 gallons = 22,179.2 miles Circumference of Earth: 24,859.82

7Right Lights Palo Alto Program, City of Palo Alto. N.d. <-http://www.cpau.com/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=146&TargetID=223 ->

8Ecos Consulting. “Efficient Products: Computers” 2005. <-http://www.efficientproducts.org/computers/-> “The average desktop computer (without its accompanying monitor) now consumes 200 to 400 kWh per year of electricity. Laptops consume about 80 to 140 kWh” ( 400 kWh / 80 kWh = up to 5 times more efficient)

9Earth 911. “Energy Conservation: Energy Facts.” N.d. <-http://www.earth911.org/master.asp?s=lib&a=energy/EnergyFacts.html-> “…recycling a pound of PET saves approximately 12,000 BTU's” (73.56 pounds * 12000 BTUs per pound = 882,720 BTUs, or 258.70 kWh.)

10Earth 911. “Energy Conservation: Energy Facts.” N.d. <-http://www.earth911.org/master.asp?s=lib&a=energy/EnergyFacts.html-> “each ton saves 60 lbs. of air pollution… 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water” (403.8 lbs / 2000 lbs per ton = 0.2019) (0.2019 * 60 lbs of air pollution = 12.114 lbs of air pollution) (0.2019 * 17 trees = 3.44 trees ) (0.2019 * 7000 gallons = 1413.3 gallons of water)