Sustainability Resources

Self-Assessment Guide to Sustainable Commerce

Guidance for achieving higher sustainability performance using the Self-Assessment Guide to Sustainable Commerce

Transportation related sustainability programs guide


The IAAP is committed to helping its members understand potential positive aspects of the sustainability movement for our industry that may result in opportunities for:

  • cost savings,

  • risk reduction,

  • attraction and retention of a new generation of employees,

  • strengthening your social contract with the communities in which you operate, and

  • making a positive contribution to the environment.

Integrating long term sustainable initiatives into the business decision-making process will help drive both business management and product innovation.  Businesses that are in the forefront of sustainability look beyond current regulatory and policy directives and instead focus on technology, information, and new forms of value creation to drive innovation and create a competitive advantage. 


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Sustainability: Historical Perspectives, Present Directives, and Future Influence on IAAP Members (8MB in size so right click and save to download presentation materials from 2010 IAAP Convention)


Examples of mining company sustainability efforts

Vulcan Materials sustainable partnerships

Hanson Material Service achieves Energy Star Challenge

Hanson Material Service Thornton Quarry - MWRD TARP project

Sustainability Case Study: Fairmount Minerals (7MB in size so right click and save to download presentation materials from 2010 IAAP Convention)




Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Advancing Worker Safety and Health

Overcoming the Seven Sustainability Blunders

Invention harvests wasted process energy


ASTM Sustainability Standards

Global Reporting Initiative

GRI Board Mining and Metals Sector Supplement

International Standard ISO 26000:2010, Guidance on Social Responsibility

OSHA Sustainability in the Workplace




Measuring and Valuing Environmental Impacts

Sustainability Runs on Ethics

Business Case for Sustainability at SAP

Is Your Mining Operation Sustainable? (contains links to templates which will help a company to answer this question)

Leadership and the Triple Bottom Line

Sustainability: Spin or Substance

Green and beyond: Getting smarter about the environment (IBM)


Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

United Nations Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, dated March 20, 1987. (Also found here.)

Dow Jones Sustainability Index

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum

Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association


Awards and Certifications

Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards

Wildlife Habitat Council Certification