Every sustainability journey should start with a sound baseline assessment, which is an integral part of effective data collection, analysis, and strategic planning. While it might seem obvious that baseline information is necessary to understand the cause and effect of any program or policy implementation, baseline surveys are often skipped, hindering the effectiveness of program execution.
Think of it like a new patient intake form you complete at your doctor's office.
The introductory survey measures key conditions (indicators) and understanding of sustainability tenets before our relationship begins and is the instrument we will use to prioritize our service and guidance.
The steps that go into creating an effective program fundamentals assessment require some legwork. The information you provide helps Practice Greenhealth guide and position your work to maximize long-term success. Take your time, and be intentional about where your sustainability program is currently at and what you want to see it transform into.
The Practice Greenhealth experience starts here – we look forward to our partnership.
Frequently Asked Questions
Having trouble and need a little more help, please start by consulting the questions below.
Yes, follow these simple steps:
- Locate the "Save and continue later" tab in the top right corner of the screen.
- Upon locating the tab, click it and enter and verify your email address in the dropdown.
- Click save, and a unique link will then be emailed to you. This will allow you to return where you left off.
Some partners have a designated sustainability lead or champion. Other partners may have a team or committee. Regardless of how your organization is staffing this role, please contribute and collect the information from other stakeholders as needed.
Depending on your access and knowledge of the information, the assessment should take you 20 - 30 minutes to complete.
As mentioned, some partners have a designated sustainability lead or champion, or the role is filled by a team or committee. In addition to this team of sustainability leaders, we recommend that you involve representatives from purchasing, facilities, and operations. This is not a comprehensive list, and you may also need to collaborate with other departments who play an active role in your organization's sustainability mission.
Yes, use this PDF copy of the assessment so that you can aggregate your data prior to completing the survey online.