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Development of Sustainability Program: May 2022


Green Business Bureau

Monday, May 16, 2022  by qrelihan

    In addition to Green Marine, MER LLC has been a member of Green Business Bureau (GBB) since 2019.  Green Business Bureau is a verified entity that provides online solutions to help businesses of all sizes learn, prioritize, manage, and certify green initiatives (GBB 2022).  MER uses Green Business Bureau’s sustainability guides to find ways to strengthen our sustainability program.

    The goal of GBB is to provide cost effective, simple, and achievable solutions for sustainability programs through the use of online tools.  Green Business Bureau has developed the EcoAssessment to help companies identify weak spots in their sustainability programs.  The EcoPlanner takes what the EcoAssessment identified as weak spots and provides solutions that will make companies like MER greener.  Once MER completes the suggested steps to become greener, Green Business Bureau’s EcoScorecard will calculate the company’s score and receive its certification level.  There are four different certification levels that members can be based on the results from the EcoAssessment. The four levels from lowest to highest are, Green Member, Green Aware, Gold and Platinum. 

    For example, purchasing green office supplies can earn a company like MER more points towards a higher certification level.  Since MER has many resource centers across the country, a small change like swapping regular office supplies with greener products can make a big difference.  However, since a lot of the work we do is performed at a job site and not at an office, Green Business Bureau has also suggested that our company chooses at least one day a year to volunteer in local environmental events or clean-ups.  These are just two of the green solutions that MER has taken to the next level with our annual Earth Day clean-ups and a list of green office supplies that is frequently updated. 

    MER has a GBB Gold-level certification and is constantly striving to reach the Platinum level.  Since Green Business Bureau’s certification process is based on the steps we take as a company to become greener, the more tasks and activities we complete, the more points we receive towards a higher certification level. Green Business Bureau understands that strengthening a sustainability program is not one size fits all, therefore the solutions and guidance it provides MER are tailored to the business operations at MER. 

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Green Marine

Monday, May 9, 2022  by qrelihan

    As an Environmental Company, it is important that our sustainability efforts can be supported and verified by an external third party.  That’s where Green Marine comes in, as a voluntary environmental certification program for the North American marine industry.  To receive a Green Marine certification, companies like MER report their annual environmental performance through self-evaluation assessments, these assessments are then reviewed by a verified third party to ensure that what is being reported is accurate. MER is a Partner member of Green Marine which means that it provides services or products to help other Green Marine participants reduce their  companies' environmental impact.  

    In fact, the 14 key performance indicators that Green Marine has each participant report on addresses land, air, and water pollution.  Over the years the KPIs Green Marine has developed are specific to habitats or species in the region where the companies operate.  The goal of Green Marine is to encourage shipowners, ports, terminals, seaway corporations and shipyards in the US and Canada to establish their carbon footprint and then actively take steps to reduce it. Green Marine has participating companies self-report annually so that they can track their progress and see how much their carbon footprint has been reduced from the previous year. 

    The only thing more important than verifying our sustainability and green efforts is to make sure we are doing it with a company that we trust.  Green Marine not only works to find ways for the marine industry to reduce their carbon footprint, but its mission aligns with our company values.  For instance, Green Marine encourages the marine industry to exceed what the laws and regulations mandate that they do to be in compliance.  MER is dedicated to achieving a higher level of performance that goes beyond what is asked and expected of them, just like Green Marine.  By encouraging members of the marine industry to go beyond what is asked of them, Green Marine has cultivated a culture similar to that at MER where personnel care about the well being of the environment and are committed to a higher standard of performance.

 

To learn more about Green Marine, visit their website at: https://green-marine.org/

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