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Sustainability at a stretch

Sustainability at a stretch

Lockheed Martin, manufacturer of the Trident nuclear missile and other destructive technology, has announced that it has met its sustainability goals one year early. I can hear the gargantuan party poppers from here.

The figures are impressive. Lockheed has:

“… slashed water use by 25 percent, saving more than 1.5 billion gallons of water. This is equivalent to water consumed by 3.9 million average U.S. households every day.

“… cut its amount of waste-to-landfill by 39 percent, or 35 million pounds [15,876 tonnes], compared to 2007, its baseline year.

“… sliced carbon emissions by 30 percent through energy efficiency efforts with lighting and HVAC systems, the purchase of renewable solar and wind energy and innovations such as using wood waste to power its 1.6 million square-foot plant.”

Given the nature of the business though, the question is: what is it trying to sustain? At Blue & Green Tomorrow, we consider sustainabilty as managing the delicate balance between the planet, its people and prosperity for future generations. I can’t help thinking that if Lockheed ceased manufacturing weapons of mass destruction all together, it could blow its sustainability targets out of the water, as well…

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