Analyze Your Own Investments

Use this set of questions along with The Formula of Sustainable Design and The Scoring System to determine if your investments are sustainable.

Question One: What type of product or service does the business supply? If it supplies a variety, then what is its primary service or product line?

a) Primary necessity. These include food, water, shelter, energy, clothes, healthcare, and education. These, however, do not include wasteful supplies of these necessities.
b) Secondary necessity. These include transportation, communication, basic infrastructure, government, household goods, appliances, security and protection. These do not include wasteful supplies of these necessities.
c) Basic luxury. These include vacations, outings, cosmetics, extra clothes, celebrations, hobbies, crafts, TV, radio, games, and other entertainments.
d) Specialty luxury. These include personal jewelry, personal sports equipment, and other personalized items.
e) Excess luxury. These include anything that is oversized, like houses and vehicles to lavish eating habits and vacationing.

Question Two:
What type of Trade Model does the business use?

a) Completely Local or Regional.
b) Primarily Regional, but some trade beyond the Regional level.
c) Within the Secondary Region.
d) Within the Perimeter Region.
e) Beyond the Perimeter Region.

Question Three What type of energy does the business use?

a) True renewables produced on-site, locally or regionally.
b) True renewables produced within the Perimeter Region.
c) True renewables produced beyond the Perimeter Region.
d) Non renewables produced within the Perimeter Region.
e) Non renewables produced beyond the Perimeter Region.

Question Four
Are the business's building(s) energy efficient/environmentally friendly?

a) Meet or exceed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) or Energy Star Standards.
b) Meet some LEED or Energy Star Standards but do not qualify for certification.
c) Only meet some LEED or Energy Star Standards.
d) Do not meet any LEED or Energy Star Standards.
e) Requires major renovations or demolition.

Question Five
How efficient is the production or service process? (This is measured by industry standards which may be improved with time.)

a) Highest standards in the industry.
b) Above average industry standard.
c) Industry standard.
d) Below industry standard.
e) Lowest standards in the industry.

Question Six How do the business's clients and customers receive their products or services? (This refers to the method of shipment or pickup.)

a) Most customers use mixed transportation(MTS) or efficient delivery service(EDS) to pick up or receive product/service.
b) Primarily MTS or EDS and some single occupant vehicles(SOV).
c) Partially MTS/EDS and partially SOV.
d) Primarily SOV.
e) Only SOV.

 Question SevenHow do the business's employees commute to work?

a) Telecommute/Live On-site/Mixed Use Transportation(MTS)
b) Primarily MTS
c) Partially MTS and partially Single Occupant Vehicles(SOV)
d) Primarily SOV
e) Only SOV

Question EightWhat type of material use system does the business use?

a) Completely Closed Loop System(CLS)
b) Primarily CLS
c) Partially CLS and partially Open System(OS)
d) Primarily OS
e) Only OS

Question NineWhat type of water management system does the business use?

a) Polybranched Feed/Drain System(PFDS)
b) Standard plumbing system with Living Machines.
c) Standard plumbing and treatment system(SPTS) with some water conservation features.
d) SPTS with no water conservation features.
e) SPTS in disrepair.

Question Ten
Does the business comply with the Ideal Land Use? (A quick and approximate method to determine this answer is found in the scoring system.)

a) Yes.
b) No. It exceeds the ideal by as much as 20%.
c) No. It exceeds the ideal by more than 20%.
d) No. It exceeds the ideal by more than 50%.
e) No. It exceeds the ideal by a factor of two or more.

 Question ElevenHow does the business compensate its employees?

a) Pays a living wage.
b) Pays higher than industry average, but less than a living wage.
c) Pays industry standard.
d) Pays less than industry standard.
e) Pays minimum wage.


Question TwelveDoes the business develop its workforce?

a) Yes, it encourages innovation, initiative, and improvements.
b) Yes, it encourages ideas but not action.
c) Yes, it accepts ideas but does not encourage or act on them.
d) No, it neither accepts nor discourages ideas.
e) No, it discourages ideas.