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Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions

According to Wikipedia, only 12% of resolutions are actually achieved. This fairly dismal achievement rate seems to indicate that people need to be more thoughtful about their resolutions. So says the same article, the top three most popular resolutions are:

  • Improve health
  • Improve finances
  • Improve career

Viewing these in the context of sustainability is actually quite interesting. The first two hit two of the three tenants of sustainability: People and Profit. While the third (Planet) is conspiciously missing, let’s keep in mind that this is a list of how to better improve one’s self.

The third point is actually something that people who work for SAP can really benefit from when it comes to sustainability. Individual employees have the opportunity to set sustainability goals as part of their MBO’s. This has been formalized through our Sustainability Champions initiative. This is a self-selecting group of employees within SAP who sign up to make SAP a more sustainable company–and 10% of their bonuses are tied to it.

Whether you want to improve your health, finances, career, or the environment, I would like to pose a challenge (or an encouragement) to all of those reading this blog to consider making sustainable resolutions. Sustainable in the sense that you will actually keep them (we all like to think of ourselves as better than average, beat that 12% figure!) and sustainable in the sense of what they accomplish.

My sustainable resolution for 2011 is to make my commutiing more sustainable. I’ve got lots of choices, all of them enabled by SAP: carpooling, vanpooling, public transit, or telecommuting. 

What is your sustainable resolution?

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      We're already pretty well set at the Stone house from a Sustainability perspective - although that has more to do with basic upbringing and attitude than any conscious Sustainability effort.

      The one area where I'll redouble my efforts is to be a weekday vegetarian.  I like this one as it both helps me trim my "middle line" as well as to decrease my environmental impact...