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Looking at the information about SAP Inside Track Newtown Square 2011, I see that the directions given are only for people driving motor vehicles. There are no suggestions for people who might want to take public transportation. This is also true of the directions given here.

Part of the reason for this is probably that the Newtown Square facility is not very convenient for public transportation. But I note that a bus stops right at the main entrance road.

The main problem, however, is that whoever prepared these directions just didn’t think about anyone wanting to arrive by mass transit. The issue of sustainability just hasn’t penetrated. In spite of SAP’s significant efforts to think about sustainability, the message hasn’t gotten to many parts of the organization.

This attitude toward transportation is reflected in SAP’s carbon footprint, where business travel (by plane and corporate car) and commuting account for 71% of the firm’s greenhouse gas emissions.

One can’t single out SAP for this attitude toward public transport. Even the most green-sensitive organizations have events that are virtually impossible to get to by public transport, and also often neglect public transport in their directions to facilities and events. (See for example some of the recent events by The Cleantech Open–though I see they are getting better about this.)

If you want to get to SAP’s Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, facility by public transit you can check out SEPTA’s Trip Planner. Google Maps also gives several routes.

The drive to corporate sustainability follows a long and winding road. (Fortunately, there are busstops all along the way.) Transmitting the need for “thinking green” to each and every member of the team is part of this journey. There is always room for improvement.

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  1. James Oswald
    Good point, and one that is often overlooked.

    Might I recommend that since Inside Tracks are community sponsored events, you should just go on the Wiki and add the public transit directions.

    A little help here and there is always appreciated!

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  2. Stephen Johannes
    The easy answer is that it was built before folks like you starting making us aware that living creatures emit CO2. Personally I see most sustainability initiatives as new money making business as a lot of the same points without a focus on CO2 were brought in the early 90’s. 

    I must these blogs remind me of good sermon trying to make the crowd feel guilty.

    Take care,

    Stephen

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    1. David Wheat Post author
      Thanks, Stephen. Sorry about the sermonizing. I look on some of these as “teaching moments”. Others are just information. Not trying for guilt–that’s not the best motivator. Can I get a “Amen!”?
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      1. Stephen Johannes
        The problem is that you didn’t ask the questions on why did SAP choose to expand in location that was transit unfriendly instead of moving to say somewhere served by better transit options?

        That would have been the better teaching example.

        Take care,

        Stephen

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