PPPM399-hw#3 - Abigail Carson PPPM 399 HW#3 1. The Natural...

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Abigail CarsonPPPM 399HW#31.The Natural Step Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development is an effectiveapproach when working on complex sustainability issues. The Natural Step Framework isa tool that helps organizations make strategic steps towards reaching sustainability. Thenatural Step framework involves three main objectives; the first of these objectives is todevelop the framework in association with clients. The second objective is to implementthe framework in the company via training, education, and possibly consultants. The thirdand final objective of the Natural Step Framework is to provide a forum for discussion toinfluence decision-makers to make sustainable choices. Some of these planning strategiesinclude making sustainable decisions in regards to raw material cost, energy cost, cost ofwaste, environmental legislation, differentiated taxation, and brand value drivers. Bymaking smart choices regarding these aspects, a company can greatly benefit by“reducing costs, improving quality and productivity, identifying new customers andmarkets, and avoid future liabilities” (The Natural Step Reading).In order for a system to be considered sustainable, it must meet the requirements of theFour Principles of Sustainability. The four principles of sustainability state that we musteliminate our contribution of substances extracted from Earth’s crust and eliminate ourcontribution of the buildup of chemicals and compounds. We must also eliminate ourcontribution of the physical degradation of nature and nature’s processes. Lastly, we must

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Term
Spring
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MarcSchlossberg
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natural step framework, Abigail Carson, Strategic Sustainable Development

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