December 1, 2009
Travelling the path to sustainability starts with the first jump.
by Bill Langer
During the past year Lucy, Rosie, and I (pictured above) have used this column to run, jump, climb, tunnel, and weave through some of the challenges and rewards of sustainable aggregate resource management (SARM), with an occasional comparison to K-9 Agility. We hope that after having read a little bit about SARM and agility, some of you might be ready to try one or the other for yourself.
Although there is no specific process that must be followed when undertaking SARM or agility, we have prepared an agility course map for your consideration.
Entering the course
Policy statements commonly point out that the aggregate industry contributes to jobs, wealth, and a high quality of life for citizens, and commits the company to identifying and addressing environmental, societal, operational, and economic concerns.
Negotiating the hurdles
Objectives and actions commonly evolve from policy. Objectives describe what is intended to be accomplished. Actions describe the approaches to reach the objectives. Examples of paired objectives and actions include:
Completing the course
Indicators measure progress toward reaching objectives and the effectiveness of actions taken. Examples of indicators include the following:
Monitoring, as well as regular evaluation and reconsideration, of requirements as events develop helps to refine the SARM process. The establishment of a joint monitoring process presents an opportunity to forge partnerships with communities and involve citizen groups.
If any of this sounds worth while, just remember, it all starts with the first jump.