Projects

Stopwaste – Site Waste Reductionhawk-closeup

Opportunity:  Alameda County aimed to divert 75% of waste from landfill to higher uses.

Process: inNative targeted the heavily contributing industrial and commercial sectors, conducting waste reduction assessments at businesses throughout the County. We identified reduction opportunities, and researched new alternatives for waste management.  We helped ensure successful implementation of recommendations through thorough followup.

Results: inNative clients collectively reduced waste to landfill by 10,000 tons over the course of six years, including new diversion of recyclable and specialty materials.


Use Reusables – Prevent Distribution Wastethistle

Opportunity: Use Reusables was searching for a way to reduce massive amounts of waste in transport-only packaging.

Process: inNative provided technical support, promoting and facilitating the use of reusable packaging by businesses to prevent waste in transport and shipping. Tasks include cost-benefit tool development, grant program development support, greenhouse gas savings quantification, marketing to potential implementers, and implementation guidance through reusables pilot projects.

Results: Collectively, the Use Reusables team has successfully engaged over one hundred companies, saved over 2,000 metric tons of GHG emissions, and conducted eight workshops and webinars in the last three years.  inNative is recognized as a key partner in realizing this success.


Natural Foods Analyticsblackberries

Opportunity: A responsible food processing company wished to enhance its sustainability and solidify its position as a environmentally conscious industry leader.

Process: inNative conducted a Scope 1-3 greenhouse gas inventory to identify major climate change contributors throughout the supply-chain and suggested reduction strategies to reduce its footprint. We also worked to advance waste reduction efforts.  Additionally, inNative generated insight on supply-chain risks on the ingredient procurement end, analyzing the ingredient volume as well as the state of human rights and other social conditions in various regions.

Results: Our client maintains ongoing submissions to the Climate Registry, targets major areas of contribution to climate change, uses a robust process to track GHG progress and waste diversion to inform 5-year goals, and has a new understanding of supply-chain risks.


Oyate Omniciye – Sustainability PlanningAdvancingCommunityPriorities

Opportunity: Key members of the Oglala Lakota Nation saw the need for integrated regional planning to help align resources toward  social, cultural, environmental, health, and economic objectives.

Process: inNative joined the initial planning team and helped secure funding for a sweeping visioning and planning process. We supported the project through tracking success metrics and providing evaluation and reporting support.  inNative also presented on climate action at the Oglala Lakota Climate Summit.

Results: With inNative’s support, the community secured $1 million for regional planning.  Implementation of plan elements is now underway in a staged process. The tribe is the first native nation to join ICLEI, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.


Home Furnishings Company – GHG Inventory1274446_48437603

Opportunity: Our client needed to complete a greenhouse gas inventory, in response to a Walmart Supplier Survey. With Walmart representing 20% of their sales volume, a timely, thorough response was key to their success.

Process: inNative collected emission source data, conducted a methodical greenhouse gas inventory, and completed Carbon Disclosure Project survey sections. We illuminated critical knowledge about the companies manufacturing processes and environmental impact.

Results: The client successfully submitted reports to the Climate Disclosure Project and retained the loyalty of a major customer concerned about the impacts of its suppliers.


Livestock Supplements – Life-Cycle Impactsforgemenot

Opportunity: With emerging pollution markets, the creation of an environmental good presents the opportunity to monetize and further incentivize environmentally-preferable goods and services.

Process: In concert with Natural Capitalism Solutions, inNative quantified product lifecycle impacts and researched environmental services for a livestock feed additive producer to help monetize benefits and create new product markets. In support of the project, we performed staff interviews to build an understanding of market conditions, analyzed current literature to quantify environmental benefits of client products, and developed a detailed spreadsheet to calculate life-cycle benefits in a presentable, auditable and verifiable way.

Results: The client company gained insight into the magnitude of benefits for their range of projects, and identified the products and markets holding their major opportunities.


DFW_PR_harvestmouseS-BAR – A New Corporate Standard

Opportunity: The internationally-recognized GRI standard sets a bar for corporate sustainability reporting. But how do you set the bar for actual corporate performance?

Process: S-BAR was a corporate rating system piloted by Stopwaste.Org which grew into the UL 880 corporate performance standard. It represented the next evolution of tools to help purchasers – in government agencies, at companies, or as individuals – identify whether companies providing environmentally preferable products actually met purchaser’s sustainability values. inNative helped develop a framework for comparing existing standards (GRI, ISO 26000, etc.), visualizing gaps, and identifying areas to add new value to the existing marketplace.

Results: The of S-BAR lead to the launch the UL 880 and 881 performance standards.


Household Cleaners – Life-Cycle Analysisfoxsparrow_FWS

Opportunity: In world where new product eco-labels are constantly emerging, how can consumers really understand what’s truly environmentally friendly?

Process: For an SAIC client, inNative supported development of a life-cycle assessment tool for household cleaners. In compiling this tool we inventoried ingredients used in clean products, performed a literature research on chemical impacts and potential proxies, and identified relevant life-cycle inventory data. The spreadsheet style analytical tool equipped users to calculate different product scores and through a simple user interface that allowed for data entry of specific parameters.

Results: Client gained a user-friendly tool to rank and compare different cleaning products, which informed their decision-making and enabled them to reward high performers.


 “Always able to find opportunities for waste reduction no matter what”

“Deep knowledge about First Nations’ challenges
and climate change adaptation strategies”