NWNL Sustainability Statement


Waterfall, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.

SINCE the inception of NWNL in 2005, this project has been imbued with a strong sense of caring for our environment. Thus NWNL endeavors to be a responsible steward of our planet and encourage eco-friendly policies as much as it encourages education and action.

VISION: NWNL seeks to be an organization where:

• NWNL office, research and expedition teams are urged to become aware of environmental, social and economic interactions of human and biophysical systems.

• Sharing of information on sustainability issues is encouraged and supported.

• The NWNL mission is developed to contribute to global sustainability and foster partnerships with other eco-focused stewardship organizations.

• Sustainability issues are fostered within NWNL to help create stronger messages and outputs.

• Emission of pollutants and consumption of materials and energy is reduced to the lowest levels possible without decreasing the level of services necessary to fulfill the NWNL mission.

COMMITMENT: The NWNL Team affirms that:

• It is committed to protect and enhance the environment through its research, organizational and travel efforts; to sustain ecological systems; and to educate stakeholders globally to become aware of:

– The vulnerability of our environment and natural resources;

– The need for environmental education and stewardship advocacy;

– The potential contributions of a global political will to protect our watersheds.

• The NWNL Team will strive to:

– Incorporate environmental concerns in all project decisions;

– Seek alternatives to minimize negative environmental influences, both in office and in the field;

– Conserve natural resources and restore environmental quality;

– Consider social, economic and environmental impacts of NWNL’s operations and foster a participatory process in augmenting sustainability.

• The NWNL Team recognizes that understanding and committing to sustainability is an evolving practice.

PRACTICES: NWNL’s current efforts include:

• Covering our carbon emissions in office and on expedition with carbon credits.

• Using in-kind, donated equipment and eco-friendly materials for packaging, photographic printing and paper products; reviewing packaging options to reduce waste; and reducing usage of post-consumer materials, paper consumption and mail volume.

• Turning off lights and reducing heat and air conditioning as much as possible; using compact fluorescent lights; and purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified appliances.

• Examining travel routes for fuel conservation; inflating of car tires to increase gas mileage performance; and studying transportation routing to conserve gas and reduce emissions.

• Recycling programs for paper, printer cartridges and other equipment where possible.

• Telecommuting, mass transportation and carpooling for associates.